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Lesson 6: Investing in a post-pandemic world

Presented by J.P. Morgan Asset Management
While the economic recovery will create opportunities for investors, the likelihood of low interest rates for years to come poses a threat to cash savers.

Where will we be in 10-15 years? For the past 26 years, J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s most experienced economists and investors have set out to consider that question in its long-term market outlook, which is published each year. Almost two years on from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 report examines the longer-term economic impact of the virus and the high-level policy choices that were made to contain the damage.

The key message from our outlook is better expressed in words than in numbers: optimism and opportunity.

Today, the global economy enjoys good momentum, kicked off by bold central bank decisions and sustained by a robust business spending cycle and solid household finances. Overall, the economic scarring from Covid-19 has been limited. However, the policy decisions that were instrumental in instigating the recovery are likely to have a lasting impact on savers and investors.

Inflation and interest rate outlook

With inflation rising at its fastest pace in a decade, it’s a subject that features prominently on investors’ lists of worries. The report concludes that inflation is likely to remain elevated, given high levels of demand for goods coupled with supply constraints in a range of key areas. The labour market will also lead to higher prices as employers compete for workers –supply chain shortages around the world offer an example of how tightness in one area can influence the wider economy.

Despite the positive expectations of global economic growth and inflationary forces that are not likely to reverse in the near term, our report projects interest rates to rise only slowly. While ordinarily economic growth and inflation would be the signal that interest rates are due to rise, governments around the world are doing their best to safeguard the fragile economic recovery.

For savers, the dynamic of ‘sticky’ inflation and low interest rates means that money held in bank accounts will very likely lose value in real terms. We project annual euro cash returns of only 0.1% over the next 10-15 years, far below the expected rate of inflation.

Overcoming misconceptions

Last year J.P. Morgan Asset Management surveyed more than 6,000 savers and investors, and saving for retirement emerged as a leading motivation (42% of women and 38% of men), with growing their money another widely held goal.

Yet, given the real-return dynamic outlined above, achieving these ambitions may well prove impossible unless some common misconceptions can be overcome.

The same survey showed that 34% of women and 39% of men fear volatility in markets, which helps explain why 26% of men and 36% of women said they have no investments at all. Among this group, more than half of men and women believe investing is akin to gambling.

Market volatility is normal

The dramatic stock market graphs shown on news reports at times of market stress, like in the early days of the pandemic, play on this fear of sudden losses. But from a longer-term perspective, research makes it clear that volatility in markets is normal.

Looking at the UK stock market over the past 35 years, 70% of calendar years ended in positive returns. Far from treating investment as a gamble, the data shows that a patient approach allows investors to ride out the ups and downs while harvesting long-term appreciation. Past results do not guarantee future returns but it’s clear that this approach has enabled patient investors to capitalise on the overall rise of the stock market. While investing is inherently more risky than saving, our research highlights the very tangible risk of losing money in real terms if savings are held in bank accounts.

With investment, your capital is at risk.

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