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Back to basics




Without doubt it was a tough start to 2020 for investment markets. Major share indices like the FTSE 100, Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 made headlines, entering bear territory for the first time in over a decade.

That means they suffered lasting falls of over 20%, and it happened quickly. Beginning as a local story for China, COVID-19 emerged at pace as a pandemic, upending lives, economies and markets all around the world in a matter of weeks.

As an investor, it’s perfectly normal to be worried during a downturn, especially one as sharp and unfamiliar as we have seen.

A situation like this may prompt you to want to revisit the principles of investing.