Online Trading Academy Offers Top Tips on How Investors Can Protect Their Investment Portfolio When Away from Home for the Holidays

Premier Trading and Investing Academy Shares Vacation-Proof Portfolio Tips for Investors Going on Holiday

Irvine, CA, December 16, 2013 - Compared to regular travel throughout the year, holiday travel increases by 23 percent. The average duration away from home is 4 days, according to the USDOT. Online Trading Academy created a list of how everyday investors can protect their investment portfolio while away on vacation during the holidays.

Prune holdings by selling – Investors can use the upcoming vacation as motivation to prune their holdings. The holidays present an ideal timeframe to sell any “winning” investments and any leveling or dropping assets that show little potential to grow. These actions will give investors a tax loss to offset gains.

Set a limit - Set up a stop loss on any stocks that have significant holdings. If the price falls to that level, then they will sell automatically and avoid further losses. Stop losses can be set up through most online trading programs or through a broker. They are a good strategy to have in place after vacation. If the stock price rises, investors can raise their stop, so they always have an insurance policy protecting against market reverses.

Replace mutual funds with Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) – An investor cannot set a stop loss on most mutual funds. That is one of several good reasons to consider replacing mutual funds with EFTs that cover the same segment of the market but can be bought and sold like stocks. The liquidity of EFTs also means investors can get intra-day prices, instead of waiting until the market closes to see how much has been won or lost.

Insure the portfolio with short-term options – Investors should use short-term options as insurance against market surprises while away. They can buy puts against stock indexes, for example, that will increase in value if the market goes down. Also, they can sell covered calls against the stocks owned to partially lock in daily prices.

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