Volatility begets opportunity

  • Written by 

    Hans F. Olsen, CFA, February 2015

  • 11/02/2015

At this early date in the year, we are seeing some of the themes we discussed in our 2015 Outlook issue of Compass unfold: volatility is rising, and the implications of oil’s dramatic fall are being felt.

The UK equities landscape: Waste land or garden pa ...2 of 4 Compass February 2015

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In response to these market shifts, we counsel portfolio diversification coupled with intelligent asset allocation, both excellent risk management tools to guide us in the protean domain of today’s investment landscape.

In this issue, William Hobbs puts UK equities in the spotlight. While economic recovery may be emerging, the UK large-cap equity market may not be the best way to gain exposure. But if one is looking for a means of positioning for an eventual recovery in oil prices, then the FTSE 100 may warrant a look.

Examining another burgeoning aspect of the UK economy, David Adler and Christopher Hepburn analyse the UK real estate market and offer reasoned speculation on its future attractiveness as an investment vehicle.

Laura Kane recaps January market developments and evaluates how our tactical asset allocation positioning fared amid a pickup in volatility as the effects of divergent global growth and monetary policy were felt across markets.