Current World Events 2022
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, firstly our thoughts are with everyone there and we hope for a swift resolution and peaceful end to the conflict.
From an economic point of view, it is likely that the war will take its toll on global growth which was already under threat of a slowdown. It is likely it may also put more upward pressure on already heightened inflation risk and expectations; thereby putting further pressure on central banks to take an even more hawkish stance.
Global markets have faced many battles in recent years. Firstly covid, then rising inflation risks, and now war in Europe. Ahead of Russia’s entry into the Ukraine, markets had already started to pull back given the impending risk of an invasion. As Russia entered the region on Wednesday, the equity markets’ initial reaction was to pull back relatively sharply with Europe falling in the mid-single digit percentage points, and the US to a slightly lesser degree. This was a broad downturn in markets, and not limited to either growth, quality or value style equity investments. Non-correlated assets such as gold and government bonds were sought as safe havens as equities fell, whilst oil rose above $100 dollars on supply chain risk fears. However, as the day went on and the US market opened, some of the day’s earlier losses were recouped. As of Friday 25th February, equity markets across Europe have had a positive bounce.
It is difficult to predict how the current situation will play out and, as mentioned earlier, we hope that this horrible event is not protracted. However, as we have already become used to this year, we must continue to brace for ongoing equity market volatility in these difficult times but remain calm and rational with decision making, as markets swing from down one day and up the next….
We continue to monitor investment markets and communicate with our investment partners but should you have any concerns please contact your adviser.
These are just some of the ways we have enhanced our business in recent weeks and months.
Purchased laptops for staff
About 95% of our staff can work from home, including your adviser and their support team, being able to give you great service.
Video Conferencing with Microsoft Teams
Travel is restricted, but we have been able to hold more meetings with clients than ever before by means of a video conference meeting.
If you haven’t yet had a Microsoft Teams meeting and would like to meet with your financial adviser, please let us know.
Personal Finance Portal (PFP)
This is a very exciting development for us.
With PFP, we can send you documents securely, show you the financial plans you hold with us and much more. It allows you to take control of your finances by being able to update all your financial assets, property values, banking details, cashflow modelling – it can be as simple or comprehensive as you like.
It is now our preferred way of sending secure documents to you.
We have started to use electronic signatures on our documents through Docusign. At Insight, we do not require wet signatures for any of our internal forms
We have found that some providers are still catching up on this and we continue to receive updates from them on how they are embracing technology in this area too
We are working with providers to give us daily or weekly valuations of plans which automatically update our back office system, Intelligent Office (IO). IO works alongside PFP, allowing you to view these valuations for yourself.
The accuracy of data is important to us though and we must make sure everything is correct behind the scenes and your adviser’s team is working hard to deliver this.
We are extremely pleased with all the technological advances we have made as a business in recent months, to the extent that we will not be going back to our old way of doing things, even after some kind of normality has been restored.
We look forward to continuing to work alongside you, with our being able to do so because Insight has embraced technology in a changed world.
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