Going with your gut is often a good way to make tough choices: What to have for dessert, whether your first date was good enough to justify a second one, or whether new fashions are for you. But it may not be helpful when it comes to investment choices. There, we believe a little education is in order. But 79% of investors go with their gut when making portfolio calls, according to Natixis Global Asset Management.

What’s more, 50% of investors said they didn’t have a clear investment goal and 54% have no financial plan.


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But there’s no reason you can’t have a decent shot at reaching your retirement goal. The first step to consider: Envision your retirement by thinking about where you want to live, what you want to do, and at what age you want to end your primary career. We have a tool that can help. If you haven’t already, you may also want to consider getting help on the investing front—either through a managed investment like a target date fund, or a financial advisor.

That way you’re going with the brain—yours’ or someone else’s—and giving your gut a rest.


Source(s): Natixis Global Asset Management, “2014 Global Survey of Individual Investors” 5/14

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