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How return to work plans influence share prices

Thursday 30 Apr 2020

The forward-looking nature of the stock market means that investors are looking to future events which will act as markers for how they might feel about buying or selling shares. We saw this with data on coronavirus cases in China and signs that the growth in death rates had peaked. Even though...

Oil price slump could happen again in May

Thursday 23 Apr 2020

While the International Monetary Fund is busily warning of the worst economic slump since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the S&P 500 is, as we write, back above its levels at the beginning of 2019. Against a backdrop of global stocks enjoying something of a recovery, the oil market is in a...

A simple guide to understanding market corrections

Thursday 16 Apr 2020

A reader wants to know how market corrections work, why certain stocks fall more than others, who is selling and why some stocks bounce back first. Stock markets involve buyers and sellers making transactions based on expectations for what might happen to a business. The price will fall if more...

Help the coronavirus fight now and profit later

Thursday 09 Apr 2020

Investors and the general public are going to view many companies in one of two ways once the coronavirus crisis has abated. They will either hold them in high esteem or view them with bitterness, with their opinion shaped by how companies behaved during the pandemic. Companies are essentially...

Two things you must seek in fund managers’ latest reports

Thursday 02 Apr 2020

The start of April means fund managers should now being issuing their latest quarterly reports. Normally that wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary, yet these reports will contain the first insight into how many funds have coped with the global market sell-off in late February and most of March...

Preaching patience amid the coronavirus crisis

Thursday 26 Mar 2020

These are extraordinary times. In a matter of weeks the coronavirus outbreak has gone from an event which was seen as having a localised impact in mainland China to a global crisis which has effectively seen the pause button hit on the world’s economy. Equity markets, slower than other asset...

Reasons to stay optimistic despite falling markets

Thursday 19 Mar 2020

The speed at which markets have fallen has left investors feeling depressed with the state of their portfolios. Even thinking about taking a look at your ISA or pension can bring on a sense of anxiety. You are not alone in feeling this way. Coronavirus has had a fast and hard impact, meaning very...

Has diversification saved your portfolio?

Thursday 12 Mar 2020

Asset diversification should have been one of the few saving graces for investors in recent weeks, potentially reducing the losses. Having a mixture of stocks, bonds and property means you spread your risks across different assets – each of which behave somewhat differently in terms of market...

From optimism to fear: how investors’ mindset has changed

Thursday 05 Mar 2020

An 11% decline in the FTSE 100 over a single week, and similar losses in many other markets around the world, has led to a change in investor mindset. There are now widespread concerns about where markets go next and large numbers of investors want to now what everyone else is thinking to help...

Should you buy safe haven assets as markets wobble?

Thursday 27 Feb 2020

The large sell-off in stock markets around the world on Monday 24 February has pushed investors towards safe haven assets as they try to avoid losing money. Natural homes for money in times of strife include US government bonds, defensive sectors like beverages, pharmaceuticals and utilities, gold...