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Coronavirus: Views and insight from inside ii

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Analysis and opinion on how to steer your investments through the coronavirus crisis.

The coronavirus pandemic is uncharted territory for investors. For some, it is a new investment opportunity, while others are looking to minimise their risk. 

Investors often look to pick up some bargains when markets decline. History shows that the markets are likely to rebound in the future - potentially providing good returns over time. 

Please note: past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Moira O'Neill, our head of personal finance, gives her top tips for managing your investments during this time.

  1. Keep your investment costs low
  2. Use your tax relief
  3. Don't rush into decisions
  4. Time is on your side
  5. Consider drip-feeding your money
  6. Check your risk levels
  7. Think about your whole financial picture
  8. Protect your family and dependants

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Keith Bowman, Equity Analyst, ii

“The move by investors from shares to investment trusts and funds comes at time of heightened risk and uncertainty, with collectives potentially offering an arguably less volatile entrance back into markets.

“A switch from UK to US stocks may signify investors perceived reliability for US companies, particularly technology stocks. The likes of Amazon and Netflix are both considered Covid-19 winners.

“Increased investor confidence in adding to their investment portfolios comes at a time when the full might of Central Banks has been placed behind markets.

“Hopes for a vaccine and light at the end of the tunnel may also be fuelling investor confidence.”


We are running an ongoing poll looking at people's plans for managing their investments. The latest poll was held between 22 and 26 May.

The latest poll revealed:

  • 36% are doing nothing 
  • 57% are increasing their stock market exposure
  • 7% are reducing stock market exposure and moving into cash
  • 3% are reducing stock market exposure and moving into gold

What are ii customers investing in?

  • 49% of ii customers favour shares
  • 28% are investing in trusts
  • 4% are investing in passive funds
  • 5% are choosing ETFs

As for what point the FTSE 100 becomes a 'buy', 62% said 5,000; 20% said 4,500; and 8% said 4,000. A further 8% said they would wait for it to go even lower.

At ii, we are committed to putting you in control of your investments, regardless of what level of risk you are interested in. 

Our Super 60 and ACE 30 guides have been picked by our panel of experts, purely on quality and performance and free from commercial incentives. They cover a range of different sectors and regions, with options from core to adventurous. 

Regular investing helps cushion the impact

Our free regular investing service can help you ride out rough patches in the market by investing little and often. It does not guarantee better returns than investing a lump sum but, over a fixed period, you will have paid the average price of the share. This reduces your risk and gives you a smoother return. Read the full article

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These articles are provided for information purposes only. The content is not intended to be a personal recommendation. The value of your investments, and the income derived from them, may go down as well as up. If in doubt, please seek advice from a qualified investment adviser.

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