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The art of investing is steadily becoming more popular, particularly amongst UMN students – a fact that, quite frankly, is surprising, given that the investment field has always been relatively strong (for the most part, of course). There is an appeal in dipping one’s toes into the investment pool that is challenging, if not near impossible, to mirror anywhere else and in any other way. This appeal that is felt all around the globe is one that is undeniably strong and well designed. It is that exact appeal that creates an alluring atmosphere that makes investment opportunities so fulfilling, when they are done the correct way. 

Whether it is working with the best trading tools, or fine-tuning your approach to personal investments, there is an undeniable truth that it literally pays to understand not only investments, but the risks and risk management strategies associated with said investments. So, understanding risk management in investing is important, but why is that, and why will this continue to be an important factor going forward?

Given that the nature of investing requires one to give their money to an investment opportunity, it goes without saying that the appeal in even entering the investment pool is to hopefully gain returns through that investment, either nearly immediately or over time, depending on which type of investor you are and the investment pool that you are delving into at the time. Without the hope of returns, no investment is worth even considering. At the end of the day, that is the reality.

No matter how sure an investment opportunity might seem at the time, the truth is that no investment comes without its risks, and no investor who is unwilling or unable to realise that, is going to last long enough to see their investment rise – much less successfully acquire a significant return. Knowing the risk factors associated with investing is crucial for anyone that hopes to enter the investment landscape and not only survive, but positively thrive. That is the truth, the underlying factor that means more than anything else.

When saving and withdrawing one’s investments, it is important first and foremost to consider the timing of the action associated with the investment in question. Of all the risk management strategies out there (many of which are entirely worth considering and even backing), time management is definitely the most important of them all. The core of investing lies in the truth that the market never rests, and so there are always highs and lows, ebbs and flows that dictate how a certain time in the investing landscape plays out. 

The ability and attention to detail on time management is the most important risk management strategy because if you have this down pat, then you have a stronger chance of knowing the market well enough to know when to step in, when to step out, and when to hold your ground.

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