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Preparing portfolios for after the pandemic

  • Describe some of the challenges of investing in the current enviornment
  • Explain some of the difficulties with inflation
  • Identify the challenges with technology stocks
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Preparing portfolios for after the pandemic
How to establish which sectors to favour, as we emerge from the crisis
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Economies and stock markets experienced a shock last year when the first lockdowns took place to cope with the pandemic.

While everyone took to their electronic devices to stay in touch with their loved ones, or to entertain themselves with pubs and theatres closed, it suddenly became apparent which stocks were doing well out of the pandemic: online retailers, streaming services and supermarkets.

However, now that some countries are emerging out of lockdown, questions arise over which kind of companies will do well post-lockdown, and indeed which asset classes.

Inflation is an ever-present risk, given the huge amount of stimulus spending, and the pent up savings of people who have carried on working. Whether inflation does become a real issue is another problem, and will have a bearing on the type of assets investors will have in their portfolio.

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Approx.30min

Please answer the six multiple choice questions below in order to bank your CPD. Multiple attempts are available until all questions are correctly answered.

  1. Why did value shares perform poorly after the financial crisis?

  2. Why does government spending increase inflation?

  3. What is a big break on inflation?

  4. Technology stocks are considered value shares, true or false?

  5. Renewable energy is cheaper than coal-fired stations, true or false?

  6. Why are some experts cautious about technology stocks?

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  • Describe some of the challenges of investing in the current enviornment
  • Explain some of the difficulties with inflation
  • Identify the challenges with technology stocks

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