Brexit investment update from Flora, Laura and Mal to our clients

The news this morning has shocked stock markets and we understand that you will want to know how your investments will be affected.

You might be wondering if you should sell out until the trouble blows over.  We expect lots of ups and downs in the next few months.  Even so, we are keeping our own investments in place because we are long-term investors and we think it's safer to keep the long term goals in mind. 

We would all miss out on the worst losses if we could.  However, it is very difficult to avoid the worst losses, without also missing out on the best gains, since they both tend to happen on single days.  After watching for quite a few decades now between us, we are still looking for proof that selling up for the short term really works.

Also, we design our investment mix for our cautious investors, our balanced investors and our income investors to fall less than the market does in these circumstances.  Our adventurous investors do expect to see bigger ups and downs.  If you want to test your own risk profile, our questionnaire is here

Of course, none of us know exactly what will happen and this is our opinion, not personal advice.  We will stay in touch with you to share our reactions as events unfold further.

Please do get in touch, we’re here for you.

With our best wishes, 
From Flora Maudsley-Barton and Malcolm Wallace

Malcolm Wallace

Independent Financial adviser offering expert, unbiased advice on:

- Mortgages (residential & buy to let);
- Protection (personal and business);
- Pensions;
- Investments; and
- Equity Release.

Here's a little more information about our team:

Q: Qualifications Include

A: My degree in modern languages included a module on economics and personal finance, and that's how I got into financial planning.

Since then, I've become dual qualified as both a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Financial Planner, including the specialist qualifications in Tax & Trusts (G10) and Pensions (AF3/G60).

The full list is:

AF3 - Pensions (CII) (I did that to totally update my pension knowledge, as I had done G60 in 1994.)
K10 - Retirement Options (CII)
K20 - Pensions Investment Options (CII)
G20 - Personal Investment Planning (CII)
Chartered Financial Planner (CII)
ER1 - Equity Release (CII)
HR1 - Home Reversion Plans (CII)
G10 - Taxation and Trusts (CII)
CFP - Certified Financial Planner Licence (IFP)
H15 - Supervision and Sales (CII) 

In November 2016 I added the STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practicioners) Certificate for Financial Services.

Q: Do your clients have anything in common with each other?

A: They are all lovely and there are a few similarities in their aims that I've noticed. 

Many of my clients want to do more than just meet their own needs. They also see themselves as custodians of their money for the next generation or for other beneficiaries. 

In other cases, their aim is to manage their wealth efficiently during their lifetime, with the aim of spending it all… but minimising tax on the way there.

Q: What type of work do you enjoy most?

A: I do get a real sense of satisfaction from the work with those clients who engage me to manage the needs of two generations of the same time. That can be 'just' a long-term and balanced investment strategy or it can be trust planning and estate planning to avoid paying too much Inheritance Tax.

Q: Where would you be right now if you weren't at work?

A: In the Lakes

Q: In the film of your life, who would play you?

A: In my head, it's Uma Thurman, but I expect they would approach 'Nursey' from Blackadder II.

Q: Curry or Hot Pot?

A: Agh, too difficult. Curry.

Q: Sherbert or Chocolate?

A: Chocolate

Q: Lawn or Flowers?

A: Lawn

Q: What are you most likely to do whilst being 'on hold'?

A: Infuriate my colleagues by opening conversations then cutting off their reply when my call is answered.