23 Dec '11, 9pm

Investing in the 'new normal'

The world has gone through dramatic changes since the sub-prime financial crisis in 2007. We are now at the onset of a "new normal" or a new global reality where significant changes to the global economic and investment landscape will be seen in the coming years. Governments and banks in the United States and Europe are reeling from a mountain of mortgage and sovereign debts and large budget deficits. As they tighten their belts to deal with these issues, Western economies are likely to feel the strain and could turn in sub-par growth rates for several years. Financial markets are also likely to face greater uncertainty, which means that volatility will remain a fixture for several years. All this means that investors have to tread carefully when making decisions in the "new normal". Between 2003 and 2007, making exceptional profits in equity markets was possible. Today, w...

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