Finance professionals in Jersey are having to ride a market rollercoaster in the current economic climate but should not lose sight of long-term opportunities, according to leading investment specialist, Chris Beckett, Head of Research for Quilter Cheviot.
Speaking at a seminar organised by the Jersey office of the investment management firm, Beckett gave a detailed overview of macro-economic conditions that are causing uncertainty and volatility in the international markets at present. He stressed, however, that volatility creates opportunities for active fund managers who can turn the situation to the advantage of investors.
In his specialist capacity, Beckett covered a range of issues that could impact upon global markets, including areas of potential political risk such as the forthcoming US presidential election, the EU referendum and worsening refugee crises. Whilst acknowledging that there was a high level of uncertainty at play presently, Beckett conveyed how a balanced portfolio containing equities, bonds and other asset classes could support long-term investment objectives.
By providing the audience of intermediaries with expert insight into the performance of specific stocks, against the backdrop of the current global economic climate, Beckett demonstrated how careful stock selection could help investors to ride out the short-term instability.
Speaking after the event, Tim Childe, Quilter Cheviot Head of International and Head of the Jersey office said, “We had an excellent turn-out and as intended, the seminar provided an opportunity for Quilter Cheviot to share its specialist insight with the intermediary community in Jersey. We place great importance on developing a dialogue with the intermediary sector and very much hope that attendees found the seminar valuable during these uncertain times.”
Investors should remember that the value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up and that past performance is no guarantee of future returns. You may not recover what you invest.
Chris Beckett, Head of Research for Quilter Cheviot
Tim Childe, Quilter Cheviot Head of International and Head of the Jersey office