What does Brexit mean for

The European Union (EU) has agreed to the latest request from the United Kingdom for an extension to the Brexit preparation period. This means the UK could remain part of the EU until 31 January 2020. But of course, this date may be subject to alteration should circumstances change.

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Ultimately, what form Brexit will take, and the implications, still remains unclear.

We will continue to share our ongoing analysis and commentary with you here.

Please refer to the glossary for an explanation of the investment terms used throughout this section. The views expressed in this section should not be taken as a recommendation, advice or forecast. We are unable to give financial advice. If you are unsure about the suitability of your investment, speak to your financial adviser.

Brexit and the importance of taking a long-term view

18/10/2019: Checking the value of your investments every day can be a nerve-wracking habit. Over the last few months, as stockmarkets have bounced up and down, it has been especially so.

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Brexit and the power of diversification

18/09/2019: For British investors, the past few years have ably demonstrated the risks that can accompany focusing your investments too narrowly. Since the referendum vote to leave the European Union in June 2016, UK company shares have underperformed global stockmarkets overall, and the value of the pound has fallen considerably. Most UK-centric approaches to investing have therefore disappointed.

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Brexit, the UK economy and the folly of forecasting

04/06/2019: ‘An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.’ Laurence Peter

Economists are easy targets for critics and comedians since their forecasts are nearly always proven wrong by events. A popular joke is that economists exist to make weather forecasters look good.

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