Concerned about recent market volatility and the effect on your portfolio? Volatility is part of investing, and whilst we can avoid it, there’s typically a price to pay for doing so in the form of lower expected returns over the long term. This factsheet will give you some of the facts about taking a long-term…
Are you concerned about your Social Security (and Department of Veterans’ Affairs) pensions and other income support benefits due to the Coronavirus situation? Recent changes in the value of your investments due to market movements may increase your social security entitlements, or you may become eligible for a benefit.
Since the release of the Coronavirus stimulus package there has been some clarification of several measures and a number of further announcements which seek to extend assistance to more people who have been impacted.
Various income support for individuals measures have been introduced so as to provide a ‘safety net’ for individuals who are financially impacted by the Coronavirus.
Coronavirus fears drove losses across equity markets and sparked a flight to defensive assets over February. Global equity markets reached fresh highs in mid February, then sold off sharply alongside other risky assets shortly thereafter. The sell-off in markets stem from investor concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, with an acceleration in reported cases outside mainland China, specifically in Italy, Iran and South Korea and the ramifications on global economic growth.
Market fluctuations often occur and short-term uncertainty is common. Over the long term, investment portfolios that are sensibly put together seek to deliver on long-term objectives.
Share markets fell last week with the Australian market experiencing one of its worst weeks since August 2011 (when people thought the EU would break up). Negative returns in any given period can happen in the share market with this week standing out for its severity. However, we also see historically shares have lost value in approximately 22 weeks out every 52 weeks since 1980. It is not a rare thing to see in the share market.
Financial markets by their nature are volatile. However, the more worrying time for investors is during periods of high volatility when prices move rapidly and unpredictably.
Market volatility can be a curse or a blessing. It all depends on how ready you are to deal with it.