Understanding the Recent Market Sell-off

Not widely welcomed, but arguably overdue?

The sharp sell-off in stocks that started last week and gathered steam this week lacked a specific trigger — unlike the last time US shares fell this much, which came in the wake of the US losing its AAA sovereign rating at S&P Global Ratings in 2011.

As with plane crashes, the experts are pointing to a confluence of factors, from concerns over the path of Federal Reserve interest-rate increases to a rapid unwinding of trades predicated on continued low volatility in markets.

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Managing Risk

A large computerised display of the BritWhen it comes to investing, true risk at the investor level is the probability of not achieving the original investment objective. For that reason, variability of future returns from an asset (i.e. volatility) means less certainty of reaching your desired outcome.

Alex Harvey (CFA) of Momentum Global Investment Management, one of our UK regulated, discretionary fund managers, discusses what risk means when investing. Click here to learn more.

Expectation Not Hope – Investing Shouldn’t Be a Gamble

diInvestment and gambling are often conflated but the reality is that investment and the mindset required to undertake investment is wholly different from that of a gambler.

While investing may be risky in a manner akin to gambling, the major difference is the motive behind the behaviour.

James Klempster (CFA) of Momentum Global Investment Management, one of our UK regulated, discretionary fund managers, shares his view. Click here to view.