LPL Financial Director of Research Marc Zabicki presents four key elements to building a successful investment strategy.

First, make sure you have an investment philosophy. Whether you follow an investment philosophy of your own or that of a trusted advisor, it's a good idea to decide what kind of investor you want to be and stick with it for the long-term.

Second, manage your expectations because most successful investment philosophies don't lead to immediate riches. The market has ups and downs and investing is a marathon, not a sprint.

Next, keep your decisions tightly managed. It’s okay if you’re not an expert. Focus on what you can control, and financial advisors can help with the rest.

Last, Rinse and repeat—apply your investment strategy consistently. We think the best investors apply what they know, ignoring what may be a distraction.

Reaping the benefits of a successful investment strategy is not a magic elixir. A consistent, common-sense approach provides the best opportunity for success.

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