The Perils of Market Timing

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Last year's best performing asset class can easily become next year's worst, or vice versa.

There are a range of ways to manage this in your clients' portfolios, such as diversifying your investments across different asset classes. The chart below shows the annual returns for different asset classes for the years from 1998 to 2017 ranked from highest to lowest. It may be a helpful tool to share with your clients in discussions.

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This document has been prepared by Westpac Financial Services Limited (ABN 20 000 241 127, AFSL 233716), and provides an overview or summary only and it should not be considered a comprehensive statement on any matter or relied upon as such. This information has been prepared without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this you should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. Information in this document that has been provided by third parties has not been independently verified and Westpac Financial Services Limited is not in any way responsible for such information. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Information current as at 31 December 2017. © 2018 Westpac Financial Services Limited.

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