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focusWhenever we are in market conditions such as those affected by Brexit, it is sensible to review the balance of our investment portfolios – and to assess our income and capital needs over the next few years.

For example, looking at asset allocations, many balanced portfolios contain holdings in property funds when appropriate. While such funds provide long-term investment spread for those appropriate portfolios, in uncertain times, and the current Brexit situation is one such testing period, they can become subject to downward pressures. If there is then a significant selling of units or shares in those funds, they may become subject to a temporary moratorium on repurchases by the managers because, first, the underlying assets may not be readily realisable to fund repurchases and, second, protecting the interests of the longer-term fund investor is an important consideration for managers.

Like Noah, plan ahead! As we always recommend, regularly review all the assets in your portfolio, as well as your income and capital needs – especially when situations such as Brexit and the Coronavirus place pressure on the markets.

Some key golden rules, the ‘foundations’ for building on your prudent financial planning strategies, are:

* Review your liquidity;
* Ensure that you have sufficient liquidity to meet your short-term and emergency cash requirements;
* Review your capital requirements over the next, say, three years;
* Take advice – and when doing so, specifically check that you will have sufficient liquidity to meet those capital requirements when needed – endeavour to avoid being a forced seller.

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