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Types of Investment Risk: Reinvestment Risk

We are in the middle of a series breaking down the various types of investment risks. You can read the introduction here. We are posting one article covering one risk each weekday until the series is complete.

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Risk #12: Reinvestment Risk

Description: When an investment matures, returning the principal back to the investor, the investor may face an inability to find a new investment that achieves the same returns or income that was provided by the previous investment. This risk is especially applicable to investors who depend on a certain level of income from their investments.

Primarily Applies to... All investments are subject to this risk at some point.

Real World Examples: Any bond or investment that matures or goes full cycle, returning capital and generating a need to find a replacement investment.

Extreme Avoidance Measure: Only invest in assets you never intend to sell.

Potential Mitigations: Ladder investment maturities such that your reinvestment needs do not all come up at once and diversify into longer-term real estate or equities that pay a steady dividend.

Stay tuned, tomorrow's highlighted risk is: Jump/Event Risk.

Written By: Joshua Ungerecht and Jim Rehfeld