Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Market Volatility Looms in 2018

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Market Volatility Looms in 2018

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SHARES are heading for a volatile period this year, and investors and super fund members are being urged to plan how they will react.

A share market correction - technically a drop of 10 per cent or more - has been widely forecast for Australia and other countries after the surge in stocks in 2017.

When the inevitable drop happens, long-term investors should stick with their existing strategy - and not panic sell - rather than trying to time the market, finance specialists say.

Analysts have forecast a 5-10 per cent investment return from Aussie shares this year but say they will be more volatile than in 2017.

Our market is at its highest level since the Global Financial Crisis and many companies' shares appear fully valued.

CMC Markets chief market analyst Ric Spooner said shares were more vulnerable to unexpected shocks now than they were at the start of the past two years.

"We could easily lose 10- 15 per cent without getting down into excessively cheap levels," he said. …

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