So we finally got through January.
With each day happier, brighter times draw nearer.
I recall seeing a meme on social media
30 days hath September
April, June and November
All the rest have 31
Apart from January which has about 77.
It certainly felt like that.
Whilst markets have slowed somewhat in January most of our portfolios managed to hold onto the gains made in the latter part of 2020.
One of the questions asked most often in January was how had the investments produced a positive return over the last 12 months despite the pandemic.
Well, on the whole clients didn’t panic so instead of wanting to sell assets at the worst possible time, they knew to follow the rules of investing.
Some portfolios showed big losses between February and March last year but managed to bounce back remarkably quickly as the year went on.
Secondly we are pleased with how the recommended investments have performed, particularly given the backdrop of doom and gloom surrounding Covid.
Then there’s the money injected into the system.
As advisers we try to meet with fund managers as often as we can. The meetings nearly always throw up a nugget, a gem, something that sticks in your mind.
This one is (to me) mind blowing.
In 2020 the amount of money injected into the system by the central banks amounted to $1.2 billion dollars……….. per hour.
And there is no sign of this stopping!