Investing in turbulent times

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One of the challenging questions being asked by our clients has been “what should I be doing with my investments in these turbulent markets?”. One of Martin-Redman Partners' Independent Financial Advisers, Sarah Austin, wrote an article about this not too long ago which is paraphrased here.

Benjamin Sear, Managing Director at Martin-Redman Partners, writes:

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. In Suffolk the weather was set fair, the sun shone and we spent most of the day outside pottering in the garden. The poor dog ended up having two baths, one with a haircut, the other after she stuck her head into a dishwasher as it was being loaded. The lawns got cut and Mrs Sear started in her journey to Gardeners World prowess by planting a variety of vegetables into the garden and taking over the conservatory as a potting shed. Sadly I am losing the space where I can socially isolate from the kids but at least for now the garage remains my domain.

One of the challenging questions being asked by our clients has been “what should I be doing with my investments in these turbulent markets?”. Thankfully one of our Independent Financial Advisers Sarah Austin wrote an article about this not too long ago which I have tried to paraphrase here.

The Martin-Redman Partners view has always been that time in the markets is the best way to generate positive returns over a typical long-term investment such as a pension or ISA. This means staying invested in the market and having the confidence to ride out the peaks and troughs of economic cycles.

We are all human and it is only natural to be concerned when markets fall, we keenly feel the impact of those drops as a threat to our own financial security. This is something behavioural economists call ‘loss aversion’.

The risk for us as investors is that when we see the value of our plans falling, we consider taking our money out and reinvesting it later on when we hope markets have stopped falling, in other words we want to try to time or guess the market. This is nearly impossible to do, there are very few investors who get these calls right, time after time as there are so many difference elements working with and against each other.

The problem with the above approach is that if you sell a fund when it has lost money and is down, you are changing that paper loss into an actual monetary loss. Your money is then out of the market and you could miss out on future gains when the markets turn around and show recovery – otherwise known as a ‘lost opportunity cost’.

To help capture this point, if you had invested £1,000 into the FTSE All Share Index from 31.12.2004 to 31.12.2019 and had remained invested fully over that time frame you would have seen an average annualised return of 7.6%.

However, if you had tried to guess or time the markets and missed the days with the highest ten best days of recovery you would have reduced your annualised return to 3.3%, if you had missed the highest 30 days of recovery that would have fallen to -1.3% and if it had missed the 40 highest days of recovery you would be down by -3.2% as an averaged annualised return.

To read Sarah’s original article in full please click here

If you want to talk to an Adviser about your current situation, to review your investments or take independent financial advice please either drop us an email or call the team on 01223 792 196.

The Martin-Redman Partners team are regularly posting commentary and viewpoints to our website I hope it helps, all feedback is appreciated and we are here to listen, to talk and engage with you.

We wish the best of health to you and your families.

Kind Regards

Benjamin Sear


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