How to think about the new future, investment trust bargains & traps & waiting for the pub to open

Although the current health emergency has threatened to torpedo the economy into a possible recession, opportunities are beginning to emerge for those who are brave enough to take them. In this week's cover story Megan Boxall kicks off our series – The New Future – looking at how the world can be put back together and made better after Covid-19.

And this crisis has made it abundantly clear that investing is an unending struggle to understand what happens next. In the second of our essays, Alex Newman explores different visions of the future and some strategies that investors can use to adapt to a world of accelerating change.

Both Alex and Megan joined John Hughman on this week's Investment Hour podcast to discuss this theme and the new feature series. Plus we have Algy Hall on his latest Ideas Farm and the long overdue podcast debut of the IC’s resident economist Chris Dillow.

But one human behaviour unlikely to go away in this new future is going to the pub. Current lockdown uncertainty, however, means JD Wetherspoon's shares could go either way. Michael Taylor is ready to drink up and tap into what could be an explosive move in whatever direction comes.

And from a cheap pint to a potentially cheap investment trust. In The Big Theme Dave Baxter says that despite many trusts looking cheap, investors have to be on their guard against value traps. Here's how.

You will find every story from the latest issue of the magazine here – which is lockdown edition number 10.

Enjoy your socially distanced bank holiday weekend.

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