China's stock market crash, Greece crisis: how do they affect your finances?

Video: Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Worldwide Investments, says it’s good to be aware of what’s going on in the world

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Recent global headlines have been alarming with Greece almost going bust, China’s stock market collapsing and atrocities in the likes of Tunisia. But how do they affect your finances

Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Worldwide Investments, says it’s good to be aware of what’s going on in the world but, for investors, it’s more important to be conscious of the long-term themes that are driving your investment decisions.

“For instance, the long-term story in China is very positive,” he says. “The economy is growing much faster than in many developed countries.” So the recent stock market slumps are just short-term issues, not linked to the long-term growth of the economy, he says which will leave long-term investors still looking at a tidy profit and with plenty of future potential.

“You have to stand back from the short-term noise and decide where you want to be invested,” he advises. “More importantly you should ensue your portfolio is diversified so you don’t end up taking a major hit from just one problem.”

It’s all about managing the risk, he explains in the video. Experienced investors will have managed their exposure to Greece, for instance, long before the recent problems in the country.

We should use the news headlines to our advantage,” Tom concludes. “The Greece news, for instance, is likely to be good for the EU over the longer term so we investors may want to adjust their portfolios in line with that potential.”

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