Anyone with an eye on financial markets would not have missed the shockwave that occurred when Meta Platforms (previously Facebook), (NASDAQ: FB) stock suffered a serious decline due to lower customer engagement figures and declining advertising revenue projections.
We all know that the stock market can be a volatile place to invest but it can still be easy to forget just how wild a ride investing in individual stocks can be. In Facebook’s case, the stock lost over 20% following the earnings release and is, as of this writing, down over 30% from its average trading price over the past six months. This equates to a loss of over $150 billion in market capitalization for the company.
The Risks of Individual Stocks
Facebook’s sharp decline is a timely reminder that investments in even the largest and seemingly powerful companies can present substantial risks to investors long-term wealth creation if not managed properly.
This is because individual stocks are on average much more volatile than the stock market overall. One measure of how much more volatile an individual stock has been relative to the overall market is a metric called Beta.
A stock with a Beta of 1 means it has been equally volatile as the overall stock market over the measurement period. The higher a stocks beta the more volatile it is, and the lower a stocks beta, the less volatile it has been relative to the overall market, historically.
Due to diversifications dampening affect on volatility, even the largest and most popular stocks are often more volatile than the market. For example, the below chart displays a few house-hold-name stock’s Beta measurements relative to the S&P 500.
The Benefits of Diversification & the Partnervest Approach
One time-tested method for reducing investors exposure to individual company risk is to diversify stock market exposure across a basket of stocks, commonly known as an Index Fund. The most famous stock index and associated structure is the S&P 500 which is constructed by passively weighting stocks by their market capitalization.
There are, however, many varieties of index construction and degrees of active management beyond the simple methodology and passive approach of the S&P 500. These alternative financial products can allow investors both the benefits of diversification and the expertise of investment experts selecting attractive investments. As with all investments, which index or fund type to use comes down to a careful cost benefit analysis and examination of the full range of offerings.
At Partnervest, we employ a team of seasoned investment professionals to identify attractive passive and index opportunities that combine to deliver stock market exposure for our clients. We have built an online platform that is specifically designed to make it easy for you to allocate your cash balances to a diversified portfolio of stocks and bond. In a world of rising uncertainty and fast-moving markets, having a partner that can help you invest your wealth quickly, easily, and intelligently is more important than ever.
To learn more about how you can start building a sound financial future, visit our website at https://partnervest.com.au/.
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 Source: Partervest, Yahoo Finance, past performance is not a guide to future returns
 Source: PartnerVest, Yahoo Finance, past performance is not a guide to future returns