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17 April 2020 - a note from Paul Abberley, CEO

A brief note from Paul Abberley, following the announcement that the lockdown continues

Paul Abberley


I hope you have been able to make the best of the current lockdown; it seems we will need to adapt for some weeks yet.

The elongation creates something of a dilemma for financial markets. On the one hand, no one doubts the readiness of governments and central banks to do whatever they can to support companies and consumers, but these measures have their limits and the longer the process drags on, the greater the permanent damage to the economy. So financial markets sit in no-man’s land: too low and offering good value if the exit can be successfully delivered, but too high and prone to further weakness if the failure of Oasis and Warehouse are symptoms of a wider malaise. Our investment managers continue to comb markets for both emerging risks and opportunities, but with so little still known about the virus itself, a large dollop of caution is appropriate.

Operationally, we are in good shape and our staff have now fully adapted to the new environment. I remain grateful for the pragmatism and understanding extended to us by our clients. It has made it much easier for us to adapt our services appropriately.

If you missed my note earlier in the week you can read it here; alternatively, visit our dedicated Coronavirus page which we are updating continuously with our most up to date information.

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