As Brexit and the US’s apparent appetite for a global trade war continue to unsettle markets around the world, South African investors should not let themselves be distracted and start chopping and changing their own investments. Just as governments have to be careful not to respond with a knee-jerk reaction to every event, individuals and companies should remain focused on their long-term plans and use all the tools at their disposal to see through the noise. Markets do not like uncertainty, and stability is important to investors. Uncertainty breeds fear and can often lead to rash or poorly thought out decisions. Right now there is a great deal of noise coming out of the US and the UK, with proposed wide-ranging changes in direction looking set to destabilise the established world order. President Donald Trump’s embrace of increasingly protectionist trade policies might have a negative effect on the South African economy. The worry here is that each country responds with its own t...

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