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It’s all about perception

A change in perception is required to overcome the naive and sanguine outlook of equity investors before it is too late, says Claire Bennison 

19 September 2014

Increasingly over the last few years, we have been talking to clients about uncertainty in markets, which inevitably leads onto the management of risk. When considering geopolitical risks, traditionally the approach has been that, as it is unpredictable, an event can only be managed after the fact. Even today, after a stream of escalating geopolitical events over the past six months, investor reactions to these events, as well as the increased financial risks, appear very subdued.

Therefore, one of the key overriding features of today’s markets is the possibility of investors being caught off guard. Indeed, we may well be approaching a key moment when investor’s blind faith in authorities to support economies, and bail them out if necessary, comes to an end. At the very least, we should be asking this question and be preparing for this uncertainty.

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