Updated: Sep 26, 2019
It’s not enough that you work every day. If you want to become rich, you also need to invest your money so that it will earn for itself. This is the same concept of putting your money in the bank but the low interest rates that banks give is not enough to combat the rising inflation rates. In fact, if you really want to double or triple your money, experts suggest that you put up a business. However, this is not an option for most people, especially those that are afraid of taking risks. That’s when asset management comes in.
Asset management is the professional management of your money and other assets like stocks, bonds and even real estate for better profit. This is often done by financial advisors and portfolio managers for a fee or most often a percentage of the earnings in a period of time. This fee is what makes most people especially retirees shy away from hiring asset management people.
If you know the economic environment and understand investment terms, you can actually take care of your own assets. Here are some tips on how to manage your money and properties yourself.
1. Ask people
Do not be ashamed to ask people for advice or recommendations. Start with the people that you know. Ask friends or colleagues. If you know people who are good in business, approach them. They will be wells of information. This is because they are probably doing their investing themselves and will know business investments that are really good. Plus, these people in the industry are the first to know about stock news and gossips so you will have first knowledge of the goings on.
Ask them what’s the latest stock that they bought or what investment opportunities do they know that can yield a lot of money. Even if they are not doing asset management themselves, they can probably mention a couple of companies or investment funds that their managers recommended. This way, you are benefiting from asset managers’ wisdom and expertise without having to pay for the fee.
2. Do your research
One reason why a lot of people hire mangers and not do the investing themselves is the fact that the world is filled with people who want to rob you of your money. There are a lot of con artists with schemes that seem picture perfect at first glance. Earn money in 6 months with minimum investment, everything will seem too good. One advice, check it out. If something seems to good to be true, it probably is.
Before you invest in something, make sure that you have done some background checks on the company running it. Looking at their websites or visiting their offices are not enough. You need to look thoroughly at every aspect of the company. Check the transactions that it has made over the years. The number of years that the company has been operating is a pretty good clue too. Stay away from new companies as much as you can. They may be operated by con artists.
This is actually what most people in asset management do. Do you know the old saying "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." Heed that. Put your money in different business investments. That way, when something happens with one, you still have the other one.
How to find a good asset management program
Setting out to find someone who can help you invest your money can oftentimes be nerve-wracking. After all, this person will be handling your finances and in a way will be holding your life in his hands. This is especially true with people who are about to retire and have no other means of income but the money that they have saved over the years. But no matter how frightening it can be, the fact is, you need asset management in your life if you want to remain problem-free for your entire life.
You see, the money kept in the bank is not enough to finance a comfortable retirement. With such a measly interest, all it can give you is small change that can perhaps last you 3 months when you don’t have other income. Inflation rates and rising cost of living is enough to knock down the value of your money in the future.
But finding a good asset management program and personnel is not always the trial that people say it is. When done right, you can actually get for yourself a good deal with a trustworthy manager that will help you triple or quadruple your assets. Here are some tips that can help you.
1. Shop for it
Do not just settle for the first one that you saw. Look around and compare notes. Get as many as you can and then choose from the line up. That way, you will not be pressured to take one program or hire one person even if you don’t really trust it or believe in it.
Looking for a good asset management program is like shopping for a doctor when you have a terminal illness. Think that you are looking for someone who can save your life. And when you come and think about it, finding a good one is actually kind of like saving one’s life. After all, your entire future will depend on the performance of this one person and the effectiveness of the program.
2. Ask around
One way to find a good asset management program is to ask people about it. Believe it or not, it is that simple. You see people who have also gone through the same motions will know where to look and will even have tips on how to look.
You can also ask for recommendations. Have them give you the number of the asset management manager that they hired. Start with your friends and families. They will surely know people who they can refer to you. If you know successful people in business or those whose financial portfolio you admire, go right ahead and ask them for referrals. Their asset manager should be really good.
Once you get their contact numbers, call them. Ask about the person’s accomplishments and track record as well as the number of years that he or she is working for your acquaintance. Set up and appointment and get to know the guy (or gal) in person. That way, you can see for yourself what his personality and attitude is in business. Do the same thing with other referrals and then choose the best.
3. Never trust completely
Never put your trust in one person even if he comes with great recommendations. Even if you have hired him or her already, still take an active part in the management of your assets. It is good that you also know what is going on with your money.
Lessons in Asset management
Asset management is a concept that people are oftentimes wary of. Although they do want their hard earned money to beget huge yields and interests, people are not always comfortable with the idea of other people managing their money. Add to these doubts the number of stories circulating of investors losing their money because of companies that have folded during the dot.com boom.
But asset management need not be something that you have to be afraid of. In fact, it can be pretty rewarding financially as you are able to spread your money across different investment products. This is better than putting your money in banks where the yield is not even enough to combat the inflation rates of the currency and the rising costs of living. When done the right way, your money can serve you until your retirement. The trick is to find the right asset investment manager and to get involved in the investing.
Below are some lessons on how to start and survive asset management. Read on before you get into the program.
1. Choose your manager wisely
When hiring an asset management person make sure that you know him or her. If you don’t know anybody who can do it for you, ask for people to recommend managers that are good. Start asking your families and friends as they will give you more personalized choices. When asking for recommendations and referrals, do a little background check first. Ask how many years the person is working for the one who made the recommendation. Ask for his accomplishment and his track record over the years. A good performance for one person may not be good for another.
Do not just be contented with one referral. Get a lot and then compare each one to the other. That way, you can select the person that you feel is the best among the best. When evaluating their expertise, look both on the paper and in person. Remember that these people are very good with charming their clients. So it’s good to base your decisions also on something that is really concrete.
2. Have a say
A common mistake of most people who hire asset management people is once they get someone, they wash their hands off the entire thing. Don’t. Show the guy or gal that you want to take an active part in managing your assets. This will prevent any hanky-panky because they know that you are monitoring your money.
Do not give the full control to the manager when it comes to making investment decisions. The final say should always be yours. So before investing in something, the person you hire should first present you with the background of the investment and if possible show other possible investments that are similar to it so that you will have the chance to compare.
3. Learn the biz
It is not enough that you know what the goings on of the asset management, you also need to understand it. Some people may not give full control to their managers but will sign anything that these managers give them without really understanding what the papers are saying.
Remember that although you have worked with the same person for years or a friend of yours know him personally, he or she can still rob you of your money. Asset management is a risky and cruel business. Make sure that you are prepared to stand guard over your investments.