These are extraordinary times. The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the global economy to its core, shutting down swathes of activity and pulverising stock markets. Scientists are racing to find a cure, but until they do no one can say how long the shutdown will last, how far it will extend, or how much economic damage will be done.
This week was supposed to see many companies publish their financial results for 2019 – a request from the UK's financial authorities means that it will now be at least two weeks before many do. It is hard to see how markets can continue to operate in such an information vacuum.
While markets may appear unapproachable at the moment, and it seems hard to look past the lockdown, investment is about the long term. And markets have a habit of surviving. Covid-19 has reminded us that there is no such thing as certainty in investing. But it is the very same uncertainty that is so often the source of investing reward. Our mission is to help you manage that, and protect and grow your wealth even when the outlook seems bleakest.
With 160 years of history, Investors Chronicle has unrivaled insight into managing your money during good times and bad. To help investors navigate the Covid-19 crisis with clear heads, and come out on the other side with their wealth intact, we're going to be making lots of our best subscription content free. We also have a new suite of free educational content to guide and reassure those attempting to manage their money in unprecedented times.
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A run-through of a few simple rules that could prevent you from losing a lot of money during a painful sell-off. Plus how to position yourself for the eventual recovery. Click here to read this article, free.
In the days following the initial sell-off caused by a mixture of coronavirus jitters and oil price plummets, Phil Oakley provided a comprehensive lesson in how to deal with the crisis. You can read that here.
With the coronavirus outbreak in its early stages, John Hughman and Neil Wilson began to speculate about the potential fallout. Listen to their thoughts on portfolio planning ahead of a calamity here.
Neil Wilson, gives updates on crucial moves in financial markets every day, you can sign-up to receive his free daily Trader's Outlook alerts here. Simply complete your registration details and leave the Trader's Outlook email box ticked.
Dripping money gradually into markets is a safer way to start investing when share prices have seen big falls. There are big opportunities emerging for investors with a sensible strategy to buy investment trusts at a bargain.
Investment trusts are companies that manage assets. They list their shares on the stock exchange and it is possible to buy the shares for less than the value of the funds that they manage. Our recent Alpha screen highlighted some very well-regarded investment trusts offering such a discount. You can learn which ones, here.
Algy Hall explains why investors behave as they do during times of difficulty and why that could be a bad thing. This article can help you avoid the same mistakes.
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We hope you enjoy these articles, that we've made free to help more people understand what is happening in financial markets and how it affects their savings and investments. Each week in Investors Chronicle, we show our readers steps to protect their money in the downturn and position themselves for the eventual recovery.
This isn’t about profiting from misery, it’s about being well placed for the good news story we’re all waiting for: when this horrible virus starts to be beaten.
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Stock screen guru Algy Hall, has been hunting for bargains but he's also wary of value traps that could fall further. Which companies are structurally weakened by the crisis and which could rebound strongly? Read his analysis here.
Our columnist Phil Oakley continues his assessment of extraordinary times for the global economy in this opinion piece, including his general views on distressed value stocks how he is managing his Fantasy Sipp and UK Quality Shares virtual portfolios in the crisis. Read Phil's thoughts here.