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Investing in volatile markets

Investors often describe markets or stocks as 'volatile' - most recently, it seems to have been used to cover much of the period since the outbreak of the pandemic in a negative context. But, as we demonstrate in a selection of articles below, that is not necessarily the case.

Volatility is just a statistical measure of how much prices swing around their average value. Investors should perhaps learn to live with volatility, accept it as part of the day to day reality of investing. To help them, we have put together a series of articles showing how some of the drawbacks traditionally associated with this concept can be minimised, plus a handy five point checklist for all investors.

Time is the friend of
the wonderful company,the enemy of the mediocre. Warren Buffett


Managing market driven emotions

Volatility in global markets is normal. Despite this, and many investors' tendency towards 'loss aversion', we explain why it is important to keep to your long term goals and avoid making decisions based on short term fluctuations.


Long term investing - why stocks go up over time

Stocks don't go up every year but over the long term, they have risen roughly every three years out of four in the US. We examine how higher corporate productivity and cashflow, population growth and adjustments to what investors are prepared to pay supports long term investing.


Benefits of investing regularly

This is a simple and effective technique to deal with the difficulty of buying and/or selling at the right time. It encourages a disciplined approach to investing and we show how it helps to smooth the effects of adverse market conditions.


Behavioural biases when investing

Investors all have unconscious biases and this can influence their investing decisions, sometimes with negative consequences. We illustrate the most common of these.


Guide to investing in volatile markets

From the importance of diversifying your portfolio to a five-point investment checklist, this guide highlights what to consider when investing in periods of market volatility.


Our latest insights

Access a range of articles, podcasts, videos and useful materials from our expert team at Architas and our leading, global fund group partners. You will find information on a variety of topics such as financial markets, multi-manager investing, macroeconomics, responsible investing and ESG and themes such as megatrends to help keep you up to speed on the latest news and views.


Article | Market updates | 22/05/2023

Although seen by many as the ultimate safe haven currency, the global turmoil and geopolitical tensions of recent years have triggered a questioning of the US dollar’s dominance. This in turn has prompted predictions of a trend towards ‘dedollarisation’, as other countries reduce their reliance on the mighty greenback.

Panel Podcast: Global markets – glass half empty...

Article | Podcasts | 16/05/2023

Equity markets have spent the last month moving in a relatively narrow range. There seem to be multiple headwinds. Even before the regional banking crisis in the US, higher interest rates have curbed the demand for credit, while core inflation remains stubbornly high.

The View - asset allocation update

Article | Investments | 12/05/2023

The US Federal Reserve (Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB) both delivered 25 basis points interest rate hikes, although neither definitively indicated that this would be their final upward move. Meanwhile, First Republic, another mid-sized US bank, was taken over after being hit by massive deposit outflows.

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