Pocketful of Dirhams: How to invest your money in volatile times

This week we find out how a consistent approach will help you cruise through periods of financial uncertainty

Investing your money always comes with risk. This year we have seen how geopolitical shocks can spook global markets with the US killing of Iran’s military commander Qassem Suleimani sending the price of gold, a traditional safe haven, soaring.

Last year, the US-China trade dispute also took its toll on the markets, along with the Brexit saga in the UK. Global markets are now trying to absorb what the deadly coronavirus outbreak means.

So how should investors position their portfolio in volatile times?

Host Alice Haine, personal finance editor of The National, is joined by Andrew Scott, a video journalist at The National, and Stuart Ritchie, a director and chartered financial planner with the global wealth advice company AES International, who offers his tips for investors on how to handle volatility.

The group is also joined later in the show by Steve Cronin, the founder of DeadSimpleSaving.com, an independent community for financial education in the UAE, who reveals how he keeps investing in a portfolio of low-cost index-funds no matter what is happening in the world.

Take a look at last week's episode on how the UAE's end-of-service gratuity is changing