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Coronavirus and volatility

Market volatility can feel like an investor’s worst nightmare. But if you take a few simple steps to prepare and know how to resist the emotional response we’re hard-wired to react with, then you can keep a calm head when it arrives - and even find opportunity.

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What is volatility?

Volatility is an investment term for when the stock market experiences periods of unpredictable, and sometimes sharp, rises and falls. During such falls, the warnings you see on our website are even more apt: The value of investments can go down as well as up, and you may get back less than you invest.

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Learn more about volatility

An intro to volatility and risk

Understanding the difference between volatility and risk can help you deal with unnerving markets.

Regular savings and volatility

Making smaller investments at regular intervals can remove some of the worry about when to invest, and help you take advantage of changes in price.

Diversification and volatility

Holding a diverse range of asset classes in line with your goals and risk tolerance will help minimise the impact of one on your portfolio.

Investment ideas to prepare for volatility

Choose a risk level with Pathfinder

You can use our PathFinder tool to choose a risk level you are comfortable with. The tool will give you a choice between two multi asset funds that match your risk level.

Fidelity Select 50 Balanced Fund

This fund has a medium-risk profile that allows it to hold a diversified spread of funds that invest in different asset classes including bonds and gold.

How to stay calm in the face of volatility

Staying composed takes a rational mind, but this is difficult when we're hard-wired to feel the pain of a loss twice as much as the joy of a gain.

In this article Dan Lane considers how we manage our emotional responses to the ups and downs of the market.

How do you deal with volatility?
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How volatility can be your best friend

As uncomfortable and as unwelcome as volatility is, it is survivable and, even more importantly, it can provide good opportunities.

In this article Emma-Lou Montgomery gives us ten important lessons on how to manage volatility.

Why volatility can be your best friend

How some of our customers manage volatility

Ed Monk meets some experienced investors to learn how they manage market volatility.

Understanding market volatility

It can be worrying when stock markets go down. Our guides will help explain what to do - and what not to do - during times of uncertainty.

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Putting time on your side

How history shows that a five to ten-year view makes sense.

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When doing nothing is best

The wisdom of sitting tight during uncertain periods.

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Managing investments in uncertain times

What volatility is, and how to deal with it.

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