There are few lucrative investments without risk. Accepting no risk means investing in risk-free investments such as certificate of deposits and treasuries, placing money in savings accounts, or doing nothing by holding cash. The truth is that in today’s low-interest rate environment, you may have just traded one risk for another—you have accepted inflation risk.
To build wealth over time, investors need to accept risk, and short-term and long-term investors have different risks to prioritize. This article looks at the most important risk for long-term and income investors who take a long-term approach to investing.