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Advice from any financial expert to an investor or intermediary under the current market conditions is, remain calm and don't panic.
David Green, chief investment officer at PPS Investments, says that he is not convinced that all is doom and gloom.
"It is still important to have nerves of steel, though, since no one knows whether the market has bottomed out," Green says.
His advice to intermediaries and investors is to remain calm and not to sell off unfavourable assets now because they might risk losing out around the corner, when the market reaches its inevitable upside.
Green believes that the best weapon in any intermediary's or investor's arsenal will always be a well-constructed, properly diversified portfolio with a targeted return that matches specific needs.
It is crucial that a proper, professional in-depth financial needs analysis be completed.
While it might be tempting to skip fixed-monthly payments to maintain a client's present standard of living, he says it is better to look at any possible lifestyle changes.
"Too often people change their portfolios instead of cutting back on elaborate and often unnecessary expenses such as overseas holidays," he says.
"There is certainly no such thing as guaranteed success, but a properly constructed, broadly diversified portfolio, serviced by a partnership between a diligent intermediary and an experienced multi-manager, will put the client on a path to regular returns with a lower amount of risk." - Isaac Moledi