In Focus

In Focus: markets as we see them


Last updated: 9 December 2016

Inside this week:

  • Lesson 1 – ‘The economy, stupid’: Those who tuned out a lot of the hysteria surrounding the political backdrop would have stood to gain from their composure
  • Lesson 2 – Stay invested: Investors are usually better off tuning out the multitude of talking heads and making sure they are fully invested in a range of assets – the details of the future, good and bad, will always elude us, but over time optimism, and being invested, have tended to be handsomely rewarded
  • Lesson 3 – Correlation doesn’t imply causation: We as investors will be served well by always remembering that correlation and causation are often not the same
  • Investment conclusion: These are obviously not the only lessons to be learnt this year. However, these three are likely to be helpful for us all to remember as we go into another year with a crowded political calendar and a few more grey hairs

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