Coronavirus: Finding opportunity in uncertain times

Posted 19.03.2020

‘Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy only when others are fearful’ – Warren Buffett 

As Coronavirus spreads across the globe, such has been the panic amongst people that fights have been reported in the toilet roll aisles of supermarkets.

It would be understandable if investors were similarly nervous, but it is crucial to think of the long term outlook, bearing in mind that most portfolios are based around a minimum five-year strategy.

Significant market movements generate a range of emotions for investors, detailed in the cycle below, and it is essential that these are carefully managed to avoid knee-jerk reactions or spur of the moment decisions that could have a detrimental impact on future financial outcomes. Investment decisions should be directed by logic and information, rather than the heart.


In times of market volatility, moments of opportunity can arise. It is when wealth managers and advisers earn their keep, providing reassurance and seeking out room for proactive movement or investment. With the markets dropping, there are those who will benefit when they recover over time, when advised appropriately.

It is important to take stock of your reasons for investment during periods of volatility and review your long-term plans. Did you invest for the short-term, or was it to support retirement, or plan for your children’s future?

Although social media and the availability of 24-hour news can leave investors feeling vulnerable and like they must ‘take action’, it is worth remembering that the current climate is a short-term fluctuation in a long-term plan.

If you’d like to discuss your options today, please contact a member of the team on 01332 497670.

The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds you select, and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You may get back less than you invested. Past performance is not indicative of future performance.

To our valued clients

We understand that the current climate is concerning, and we are here to provide support during these challenging times.

Rhodes Wealth Management are doing everything within their capability to prevent disruption and continue to care for our client and employee wellbeing.

We will continue operating and prioritising our client's needs and will be available to provide advice and reassurance.

Our advisers are offering telephone or video appointments to help you through this difficult time.

The team are now working from home in line with government guidelines until further notice, however we remain available for contact over the phone within our normal opening hours of 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you have any concerns or would like to speak to a member of our team, please call on 01332 497670 or email us at

Rhodes Wealth Management Limited is an appointed representative of and represents only St. James's Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group's Wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group's website. The titles 'Partner' and 'Partner Practice' are marketing terms used to describe St. James's Place representatives.