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  • Writer's pictureChristian Hyldahl

Navigating Through Market Volatility: A Guide for Investment Advisors

Updated: Feb 21

Facing the Challenges of a Volatile Market

Advisors are watching this market in disbelief and wonder how to properly balance the risk and return tradeoff of this market without inevitably losing ground to perfect hindsight. Marginally reduce equity exposure, they lose; realize some profits, they lose; increase liquidity, you lose; purchase put options, you lose; sell covered calls, you lose. No matter the strategy in this powerfully trending market the smart manager loses ground. To make matters worse is the inevitable comparison with some inappropriate reference benchmark. “Well the ‘market’ went up by X% and you went up less than that…” Managers and advisors believe that they are truly caught between a rock and a hard place. We offer some suggestions on how to navigate away from this position.

The Mirage of Instant Gratification

Short-Term Wins vs. Long-Term Strategy

Today's market is awash with the allure of instant gratification, a siren song for the inexperienced and the short-sighted. The FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) phenomenon drives a relentless pursuit of quick gains, often at the expense of sound, long-term investment strategies. In an environment where valuations soar beyond pre-pandemic levels—unjustifiably so, given the contrast in economic indicators—it's clear that we're navigating a market detached from fundamental realities. Such valuations, buoyed by temporary liquidity boosts and fiscal stimuli, defy the principles of prudent investment.

Source: The Economist.

Varium's Stance: Risk Management and Ethical Investment

Emphasizing Discipline and Clear Communication

At Varium Investment Partners, we stand firm in our belief that disciplined risk management and transparent communication are the cornerstones of effective investment strategy. Facing an unyielding tide of market optimism, advisors must remain steadfast, guided by decades of experience and a deep respect for the nuances of risk. It's a delicate balance between safeguarding wealth and seizing growth opportunities, one that demands more than just reacting to market whims.

Advocating for Transparency and Proper Benchmarks

The pursuit of sustainable, long-term growth necessitates a departure from the conventional wisdom of chasing benchmarks. Instead, we advocate for a strategy rooted in transparency and appropriately set benchmarks—ones that account for the cost of comprehensive risk management. By redefining success metrics, advisors can realign client expectations, moving away from the hard place of unfounded comparisons and towards a path of informed, strategic investment.

Elevate Your Investment Strategy with Varium

Are you ready to transcend the challenges of market volatility and redefine success for your clients? Varium Investment Partners is your ally in crafting investment strategies that stand the test of time and tide. Contact us today to explore a partnership that values foresight, discipline, and ethical investment above fleeting market trends.

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