Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

What Should Investors Bear in Mind about Recent Market Volatility?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

What Should Investors Bear in Mind about Recent Market Volatility?

Article excerpt

MARKET turbulence has recently been hitting the headlines, but what should investors make of it? While it can be easy to make rushed decisions, Laith Khalaf, a senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, cautions against knee-jerk reactions.

"Don't throw out your longterm investment strategy on the basis of a few disappointing days on the stock market. If your strategy was sound a week ago, it's sound today."

If you're concerned about market falls, Laith suggests an option could be to drip-feed money into the market via a regular savings plan, thereby investing at different market levels, and buying cheaper shares if prices tumble.

"If you're looking to take advantage of this year's Isa allowance before the end of the tax year, you can put money into the 2017/18 tax shelter before April 5 and simply hold it as cash," he says.

"You can then drip-feed money into the market over a period of time, without worrying about the end of tax year deadline. …

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