When it comes to the art and science of managing any portfolio, risk is almost always the first consideration. And far too often, analysts say, the Average Joe does a poor job of balancing risk throughout his portfolio, either playing it too safe for his expected investment timeline or exposing himself to far too much of it in the hope of making a quick killing.

Fortunately, most people rely on a professional advisor to help them navigate potential landmines while also putting a reasonable portion of their portfolios into funds and individual stocks that bring some inherent volatility along with some prodigious returns.

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