Looking ahead - An introduction from our Chief Investment Officer Michelle McGrade
We say goodbye to 2016 and look forward to 2017. Last year was a good year for investors, especially those who held their nerve and stayed invested throughout the earlier market turmoil.
My concern for this year is focused on how sensible we are all being about planning for the future. Are we investing enough and are we clear about our long term goals?
It struck home with me a couple of weeks ago when I read that Mick Jagger has become a father again at the ripe old age of 73. He talks about touring with the Rolling Stones when his son is 21 – that would make Jagger 94. Jagger should inspire us all as he certainly doesn’t let age get in the way of enjoying life to the full. He keeps working to pay for his lifestyle – how are you going to fund yours?
No matter if you are 20, 30 or 55 years and over (55 being the magical age from which you can take your personal pension) you need to think about the possibility that you will also reach 94 – and maybe even beyond - and will probably want to enjoy life like you do now.
I meet many people who are too nervous to invest and have cash sitting in bank accounts or cash ISAs earning nothing. Keeping hold of cash is becoming a problem – we have inflation creeping into the economy again which, as it is higher than interest rates, will eat your cash balances like moths in your wardrobe. Others think that someone else will bail them out.
My message to all of you is to take action now. The simple answer is to set up a regular investment account and invest in your pension and your Stocks and Shares ISA. This takes the emotion out of your decision making and sets up a routine that is hard to break. I know you are concerned that the market goes down as well as up but over your lifetime the market will go up, not withstanding a few major wobbles along the way.
I am reasonably positive on the outlook for markets this year, mainly because both the US and UK governments are planning on spending money to make both countries “the place to do business”. The knock on effects should be good for everyone. Yes, there are headwinds. The elections in Europe could upset the European Union as we know it and the catastrophic wars in places like Syria are deeply troubling. The world is never a 100% perfect place unfortunately.
I hope our Winter Investment Outlook provides you with some inspiration and the confidence to invest and to take control of your finances before 5 April.
- Michelle McGrade, Chief Investment Officer, TD Direct Investing
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