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Portfolio shockproofing

Some service sectors are relatively detached from the rest of the economy. Usually, these businesses are backed by a trove of hard, recession-resistant assets that retain their value through inflationary waves.

When it comes to shockproof investments, commercial real estate is a great option that has long been touted for its inflation-hedging benefits.

First National Realty Partners makes this asset easily accessible through their online platform, giving everyday investors the opportunity to invest in institutional-quality, grocery-anchored commercial real estate.

Since the properties are all anchored by major grocery chains like Walmart and Whole Foods, they have proven to generate steady monthly income regardless of economic circumstances.

If you're keen on other kinds of real estate, like rentals, Arrived is the platform for you. Through Arrived, you can easily invest in rental homes and vacation rentals without having to play landlord. Arrived offers a low minimum investment of $100, so getting started is accessible

Fine art is another recession-resistant asset that can help pad your portfolio. And thanks to a platform called Masterworks, you can now invest in art without having to drop millions at auction on a single painting.

With Masterworks, you can buy shares of iconic artworks the same way you’d buy stocks. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and start investing in paintings by celebrity artists like Banksy and Basquiat, right from your home — no formal-wear required.

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International stocks

While fears of a recession have cooled for 2024, there are still lingering fears that the U.S. economy could shrink over the course of the year.

But developing markets are far less vulnerable to a recession. In fact, the International Monetary Fund points to economies like Brazil, India and Southeast Asia showing accelerated growth. Put simply, investors could safeguard their wealth by investing in foreign stocks.

With Robinhood — a commission-free investing app — you have access to over 650 global stocks through American Depository Receipts (ADRs).

Robinhood offers a range of account types with no account minimums, making it easy for anyone to start investing in the global stock market, regardless of how much (or how little) they have to spend.

Acorns is another platform that makes international stocks accessible to everyday investors. The Acorns app rounds up every purchase you make on a connected debit or credit card to the nearest dollar, then puts that spare change into a diversified investment portfolio. Acorns’ portfolios offer a mix of both domestic and international stocks, and it takes less than five minutes to sign up.


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