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Phil Oakley: Investors must adapt to a changing world

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Phil Oakley: Investors must adapt to a changing world

Humans have always been adapting to change. It’s one of the reasons they have prospered for so long. Yet there is no doubt in my mind that the coronavirus will change the world as we know it forever and that we will adapt.

The changes in behaviour will create winners and losers in the economy and the stock market. Over the last few weeks, people and businesses will have learned a great deal about themselves. They will have a much clearer view of what they really need and what is important to them and what they can do without.

The economy will bounce back. We just don’t know by how much and how long it will take. At the moment this has not stopped stock markets from rallying hard from their March lows as it seems the amount of freshly printed money the Federal Reserve throws at them matters more than actual fundamentals.

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