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2018’s Winners and Losers

Jan 21, 2019 | Investing, Stock Markets

[vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” background_animation=”none” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the FTSE 100 having suffered its biggest one-year fall since the financial crisis of 2008 we reveal your portfolio’s winners and losers for 2018. As is often the case in market slumps, Short-Dated Global Bonds showed their value by providing a positive, albeit small, return over the calendar year. If anything these results demonstrate the futility of trying to trying to forecast (and predict) each year’s winners and losers (Short-Dated Bonds coming in 8th place in both 2017 and 2016).

Diversification is Essential:

It’s tough, if not impossible, to know which market segments will outperform from period to period. Allowing emotions or opinions about short-term market conditions to impact long-term investment decisions can lead to disappointing results. Diversification is your friend. It spreads your investment risk around meaning your portfolio holds the shares and bonds of many thousands of companies throughout the world. This means the negative and positive influence of each individual investment is reduced, producing, on aggregate, less risk in your portfolio.

The patchwork dispersion of the colours below show no predictable pattern and helps illustrate why we believe it is pointless to try to predict which asset class comes out top on a year-on-year basis. It is better to hold a bit of everything.

Randomness of Results

To end, we also believe in the power of the capital markets and that over time risk assets (shares) will deliver a positive return. If you don’t believe me have a look at the table below…and it’s supported by academic evidence. They call our approach to investing ‘buy and hold’. The only problem with it though is that is not very exciting and is pretty dull! It does however have one distinct advantage…it works! Just ask the academics!

1, 3, 5 & 10 Year Returns p.a.

(Source: Dimensional Fund Advisors/Vanguard)

Past performance is shown net of Dimensional  fees/Vanguard funds are chosen gross and are per annum. Past performance does not necessarily indicate future performance. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investment’s shares/assets, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Disclaimer: This document is intended for informational purposes and no action should be taken or refrained from being taken as a consequence of it without consulting a suitably qualified and regulated person.  It does not constitute financial advice under the terms of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. It is not an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, the instruments described in this.

Investments involve risks. The investment return and principal value of an investment may fluctuate so that an investment, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than its original value. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. There is no guarantee strategies will be successful.