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Market Watch October 2018 – Volatility

Over the past week or so, global share markets have fallen significantly due to growth concerns. One of the catalysts is the concern that rising US longer-term interest rates could lead to slower US and global economic growth, while another is the ongoing concern that the US-China trade frictions could develop into a more significant and protracted trade war. At the heart of both issues is concern about the potential for slower economic growth, and therefore slower sales and profit growth.

Financial markets are volatile by nature – which means they frequently move up and down. When there’s a fall in the market, it’s perfectly natural to feel apprehensive and be concerned about the market’s impact on your investments.

Short term decreases don’t always equal long term losses

When the market drops as it has recently, you’re likely to notice a decrease in the value of your investments. Even if your investments fall in value in the short term, however, you can still expect them to generally recover in the longer term. That’s why it’s important to step back and look at the bigger picture, and focus on how you’re tracking towards achieving your financial objectives.

It’s also crucial to remember that your exposure to these market events will depend on the make-up of your investments and further illustrates why portfolio diversification is so important.

Talk to your financial adviser

Financial market movements can be complicated, and may seem overwhelming, but the important thing is to remain focused on your financial objectives and how you’re tracking towards achieving them. Your financial adviser can explain how any market changes may affect your personal situation and your long-term financial plan. For more information, contact McKinley Plowman on 08 9301 2200 or visit

written by:

Will has 15 years industry experience working in both consultant and technical positions. Prior to becoming a qualified Financial Planner in Australia, Will worked as a pensions consultant in the UK gaining Advanced Diploma qualifications whilst working there. He has also attained an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and has completed the FASEA Financial Adviser Exam and Ethics qualification.

At McKinley Plowman, Will has progressed over the years from our UK Pensions Division all the way through to senior Financial Adviser and now Associate Director within the Wealth team – amassing invaluable experience and knowledge along the way.

Will is a keen cyclist and occasional triathlete that loves going out and socialising with friends.

Will is an Authorised Representative of Fortnum Private Wealth Ltd.

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