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Investing in
volatile markets

Investors often describe markets or stocks as 'volatile' - most recently, it seems to have been used to cover much of the period since the outbreak of the pandemic in a negative context. But, as we demonstrate in a selection of articles below, that is not necessarily the case.

Volatility is just a statistical measure of how much prices swing around their average value. Investors should perhaps learn to live with volatility, accept it as part of the day to day reality of investing. To help them, we have put together a series of articles showing how some of the drawbacks traditionally associated with this concept can be minimised, plus a handy five point checklist for all investors.

Time is the friend of the wonderful company,
the enemy of the mediocre.
Warren Buffett

Articles

Managing market driven emotions

Volatility in global markets is normal. Despite this, and many investors' tendency towards 'loss aversion', we explain why it is important to keep to your long term goals and avoid making decisions based on short term fluctuations.

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Long term investing - why stocks go up over time

Stocks don't go up every year but over the long term, they have risen roughly every three years out of four in the US. We examine how higher corporate productivity and cashflow, population growth and adjustments to what investors are prepared to pay supports long term investing.

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Benefits of investing regularly

This is a simple and effective technique to deal with the difficulty of buying and/or selling at the right time. It encourages a disciplined approach to investing and we show how it helps to smooth the effects of adverse market conditions.

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Behavioural biases when investing

Investors all have unconscious biases and this can influence their investing decisions, sometimes with negative consequences. We illustrate the most common of these.

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Avoiding locking in your losses

By selling a holding for less than they bought it for, investors will be locking in their losses. We examine what this means in market environments which have continued to prove resilient despite the dramatic and volatile narrative of recent years.

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Buying at the dip

Market sell-offs are perhaps more frequent than you think. Despite this, the long term evidence shows that markets consistently recover. It may be daunting to consider buying after corrections, but investors should remember that these can offer opportunities for excess returns.

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Guide to investing in volatile markets

From the importance of diversifying your portfolio to a five-point investment checklist, this guide highlights what to consider when investing in periods of market volatility.

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Our latest insights

Access a range of articles, podcasts, videos and useful materials from our expert team at AXA IM Select and our leading, global fund group partners. You will find information on a variety of topics such as financial markets, multi-manager investing, macroeconomics, responsible investing and ESG and themes such as megatrends to help keep you up to speed on the latest news and views.

Investment Basics - Understanding diversification

Article | Podcasts | 10/06/2024

AXA IM Select’s Lorna Denny sat down with J.P. Morgan’s Vincent Juvyns to discuss the aim of diversification in relation to investments and how this can help to keep a portfolio resilient during market ups and downs.

The View - asset allocation update

Article | Investments | 10/06/2024

The US Federal Reserve (Fed) kept interest rates on hold, with chair Jay Powell indicating that patience is needed to “let restrictive policy do its work”. The minutes of the Fed’s latest meeting showed some policymakers favouring a rate hike, although Powell signalled such a move was unlikely.

On the investment radar 2H 2024: Will patience be...

Article | Podcasts | 06/06/2024

So far, 2024 has proved a little more complicated than markets were expecting. Jay Powell, chair of the US Federal Reserve warned consistently that US rates could stay ‘higher for longer’, and indeed they have, but elsewhere rate cuts could be imminent.



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