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How risky are equity markets at present?

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Investors shouldn’t be feeling “overly anxious” about the market despite talk of property market bubbles and unexpected election results around the world, according to one boutique fund manager.

Julian Beaumont, the investment director at fund management company BAEP, said the level of risk in the market is currently “overstated” and investors shouldn’t be alarmed by the various happenings in politics and the economy.

“The key thing for investors to keep in mind is that now isn’t the time to panic about things like whether the property market is likely to collapse, what the result of the UK election might mean or how the political situation in the US might play out,” he said.

Mr Beaumont stressed that the share market’s lack of alignment with the economic outlook, equally, shouldn’t be overly concerning to investors.

“This is not unusual, and indeed in recent years we have seen the economy – both globally and domestically – struggle, requiring government intervention in the form of quantitative easing; yet the share market has continued its solid rise,” he said.

This is not to say that the market is devoid of risk, Mr Beaumont said, but that it is possible to position your portfolio to avoid the potential negative impact these risks can pose.

“For example, it is the large cap companies on the ASX that are suffering the most at the moment, but outside the top 20 valuations are looking quite attractive,” he said.

“At BAEP we also currently favour healthcare and consumer stocks, which are presently good defensive stocks which are performing well; we also see good opportunities in Australian companies that are doing well internationally.”

How risky are equity markets at present?
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