Beyond The Basics
Investor education is an important priority at Legg Mason. Through The Advisor Partnership Program (TAPP)SM, we offer a broad range of comprehensive educational programs to help educate investors. Below are some of the key issues we have targeted that sophisticated investors are facing today.
1. Long-term investing—Many investors find it difficult to focus on long-term goals in today's volatile markets. Rather than trying to pick short-term winners, it's better to work with your financial advisor to build a comprehensive asset allocation strategy that fits your individual investment goals and risk tolerance.
2. Fixed-income investing—Today's global bond market offers more opportunities than ever before - everything from inflation-linked bonds to emerging-market bonds denominated in local currencies. As the fixed-income universe becomes more sophisticated, it's critical to understand the different opportunities and risks within this important asset class.
3. Education savings—The cost of college tuition is rising faster than the rate of inflation. Will you have enough saved by the time your loved one is ready for college? There are many different options available to help maximize your savings, from 529 college savings plans to Coverdell Education Savings Accounts.
4. Alternative investments—Many investors familiar with the traditional asset classes of cash, equities and fixed income are less knowledgeable about the variety of alternative investments available today. For qualified investors who are willing to take on additional risk, alternative investments can complement core holdings in a balanced portfolio. Alternative investments are speculative and involve substantial risk.
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Fixed income investments are subject to interest rate risk. As rates rise, the price of fixed income securities falls. Also, there is possibility that the issuer of a security will be unable to make interest payments and repay the principal on its debt. Foreign securities are subject to certain risks of overseas investing including currency fluctuations and changes in political and economic conditions, which could result in significant market fluctuations. These risks are magnified in emerging markets.