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How has low-risk investing fared during the coronavirus storm?

We are living through turbulent times, as investors batten down the hatches while the world tries to contain the coronavirus outbreak. In the long run, low-risk strategies tend to provide substantial risk reduction during turbulent times. In the short run, when indiscriminate sell-offs can be seen, this is expected to be less the case.

In our latest webinar, Jan Sytze Mosselaar, Portfolio Manager for Conservative Equities will elaborate on this phenomenon. He will discuss how the Conservative Equities strategy in developed and emerging markets has performed so far in 2020.
Recorded Apr 16 2020 44 mins
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