Experienced accredited investors want consistent, reliable returns from their investments. Historically, that meant working closely with a highly regarded financial planner, a stock broker or investment advisor along with legal counsel. As the investor continues toward retirement, individual selections tend wealth preservationto become less volatile with the primary goal being wealth preservation instead of wealth creation.

But the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. There’s no reason an investor must choose one or the other to some degree.

We are in perhaps unprecedented times. Think about this for a moment. The financial crisis during the latter part of the last decade, of which we’re still in recovery mode. Interest rates hit historic lows just a year ago and the Fed indicates they’re in no rush to raise them. Troops have pulled from Iraq and the vacuum is being filled by ISIS. The breakup of the Ukraine has been an ongoing event with few signs of abatement and just today an airliner was shot down from Ukrainian airspace. Israel began a ground invasion. It seems that geopolitical tensions are hitting levels not seen in some time.

But the reasoned investor understands that during times of such events, the stock and equities markets will typically be first to take it on the chin. The Dow closed down more than 161 points with the S&P close behind. The initial beneficiary is the safe haven of U.S. Treasuries and mortgage bonds.

But the method of investing in income property shouldn’t be subject to geopolitical occurrences. When first evaluating a potential purchase, the analysis is the same every time. Is the acquisition price low enough, are the repairs in line, will the property cash flow and what will be the value five to seven years down the road? Volatility is not in play here. If a potential investment doesn’t meet all the criteria the project is tossed and the next potential investment is ready for evaluation.  And there’s room for both wealth creation and wealth preservation.