Your Investments: Know your asset class onions

It is essential to have a decent grasp of the characteristics of the various asset classes that can make up an investment portfolio, writes Jon Ihle.

9th February, 2014
Traditionally, assets are broken down into stocks, bonds, cash, property and commodities. Picture: Getty

Before making a decision about how to allocate your money, it is essential to have a decent grasp of the characteristics of the various asset classes that can make up an investment portfolio.

Traditionally, assets are broken down into stocks, bonds, cash, property and commodities. Virtually everything that happens in financial markets comes back to one of these five categories. Typically, a balanced portfolio will have some exposure to each.

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