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Investment report: pensions—prepare rather than predict

Focus on how the world is likely to change in the decades ahead but also acknowledge how uncertain that future is

By Duncan Weldon   April 2019

ack in 1989, the Chinese economy (accounting for inflation, differential prices and exchange rates) represented just 4 per cent of the world’s GDP as against 22 per cent for the US. This year, according to the IMF, China’s share will be 19 per cent and America’s 15 per cent

Almost by definition, when you’re thinking about pension saving you should be thinking long term. But how long, exactly? As Keynes quipped, in the long run we’re all dead, so there is a balance to be struck. While constantly checking the FTSE 100’s closing price and always trying to catch the “next big thing” is not a sensible route to a comfortable retirement, an “invest and forget…

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