Speculating v Investing: In the final part of this investment series, read why we tune out the noise of active investment and look to an evidence-based approach to provide our clients with peace of mind.
In Part 1 we looked at the impact of time and quantum in building savings and investments to best equip you for life’s journey and to ensure you combine liquidity with returns in excess of inflation, to ensure you maintain buying power. In Part 2 we are looking at how to best use capital markets to give you the returns you need to maximise the chance of living life as you want to, at a level of risk that will not keep you awake at night.
Over the course of this quarter we aim to help you understand why you might want to invest, where returns come from and the dangers you need to be looking out for. Part 1 covers the difference between saving and investing, and some ground rules to help guide you through the maze of money management.
It is often the case that advisers, brokers, fund managers and their clients do not fully understand the degree of risk they are taking, particularly following sustained periods of benign market conditions, such as those we are currently experiencing. With that in mind, I thought I’d provide you with a timely piece of poetry.
“We are exhausted, fed up and would retire tomorrow if we thought we could afford to“.
This was pretty much the first sentence in a conversation I had some years ago with new clients who ran a business which demanded all of their time, with very little respite. Both in their early 60s and having worked every day for the previous 30 years, they were both pretty much at the end of their tethers.
Following a sustained run of positive returns across equity markets (arguably 9 years), last week saw a return of the ‘V’ word. Volatility has always and always will be with us, and as long as markets exist there can be no returns over and above the risk-free rate (call this the returns from cash deposits) without risk. This is what markets do; as sure as night follows day.