Preservation of Capital

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Paul Tracy
Updated November 4, 2020

What is Preservation of Capital?

Preservation of capital is an investment strategy that focuses on preventing any losses of an investment's face value.

How Does Preservation of Capital Work?

A preservation of capital is a conservative investment philosophy that invests in very safe securities, such as Treasuries (T-Bills), which will not lose any value and only gain enough to counter the effects of inflation.
Preservation of capital is usually used by investors on fixed incomes, retirees who are not adding to their investment principal and cannot risk any losses, or institutions or organizations with limited endowments.

Why Does Preservation of Capital Matter?

Preservation of capital is an important investment philosophy at the right time and for the right type of investor.  It recognizes the needs of the investor to maintain his or her capital, protecting against any volatility in the markets, and ensuring that capital is available when it is needed, usually in the short term.

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