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CEO update - 20 May 2020

Covid-19 update from Paul Abberley - Chief Executive at Charles Stanley

Paul Abberley


While markets continue to have their ups and downs, they have moved broadly sideways of late, pulled around by three influences. First, there is a nagging unease that the partial recovery in stock markets since March doesn’t take into account the true damage to the real economy. But there are occasional glimpses of hope that a vaccine might be discovered and deployed in record time. Finally, there is some reassurance from the continued buying of securities by central banks, an intervention believed inconceivable before the financial crisis in 2007.

Against this backdrop, our investment managers are also taking into account the higher volatility of markets, which impact current portfolio risk, but without losing sight of the long term time horizon appropriate for most of our clients. They are also considering options to mitigate the impact of dividend cuts on portfolio income. We are in new territory, but that is the nature of investing. No period is like its predecessor. It’s just that the differences are more dramatic right now.

My personal contribution is to strive to ensure that all our staff have the best environment we can provide to protect their own safety whilst maximising their ability to serve our clients.







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