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What next for stock markets?

Getting to grips with the fallout from the coronavirus

Understanding the interaction between volatility and returns is a fundamental part of being a good goal-based investor. This is especially important at times such as now, when we’ve seen daily sizeable swings in market values as global markets try to get to grips with the fallout from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Let time do its work

Focusing on long-term horizons

Fear and worry are understandable, particularly as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak led to the biggest daily drop in the FTSE 100 since the financial crisis. Trying to second-guess the impact of events such as the coronavirus or the recent stock market volatility – or even attempting to make a bet on them – rarely pays off. Instead, investors who focus on long-term horizons – at least five to ten years – have historically fared much better.

Understanding risk

How much risk are you willing to take?

If you want to plan for your financial future, it helps to understand risk. If you understand the risks associated with investing and you know how much risk you are comfortable taking, you can make informed decisions and improve your chances of achieving your goals.

Ever-changing market conditions

Types of investments that best align with your financial goals

Without a plan, investors are prone to making knee-jerk reactions when there are swings in the market. A well-thought-out investment strategy provides the guidance needed to help you stay on track when inevitable market fluctuation occurs. It can also point you toward the types of investments that best align with your financial goals.

Investing across multiple asset classes

Adapting to changing market conditions for a better overall experience

When you start investing, or even if you are a sophisticated investor, one of the most important tools available is diversification. Whether the market is bullish or bearish, maintaining a diversified portfolio is essential to any long-term investment strategy. It’s crucial if you’re looking to reduce risk and improve your overall portfolio returns.