Post- COVID 19 I hope for more kindness to others and the planet

Helen Haworth talks to us about the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, plus what’s been helpful to her over this time.

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“Just do your best. None of us know what the outcome of the virus will be, or how we will be affected.”

What’s your role within Sasfin?

I’m head of a portfolio management team within Sasfin Wealth.

Talk us through your career so far.

I studied a B.Com through UNISA, and started working on the market floor of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1983. I’m also a member of the South African Institute of Stockbrokers.

What is your greatest career challenge during this time?

Managing clients’ expectations is challenging right now, as is dealing with the uncertainties of reduced income for those clients who are dependent on dividend income.

What’s one practical thing that has been helpful to you over this time?

I need a break from the markets at times, and so listening to audio books when I am doing the housework is a great way to unwind and “escape”. I love “who dunnit” murder mysteries by authors like Ann Cleeves and Betty Rowlands. For stories with a slight stock market bias, Michael Ridpath’s books are great, and I also enjoy Mark Dawson and Nevada Barr

As a woman in a leadership role, what advice would you give to others amid this unprecedented global crisis?

Just do your best. None of us know what the outcome of the virus will be, or how we will be affected. Likewise, no one knows what the long term economic effects of this virus will be, so we just need to do our best in all areas of our lives.

How do you think that the lockdown will affect South Africa’s financial services sector?

On the positive side, our technological skills will improve. On the negative side, as so many people face financial hardships there will be a lot of jobs lost, which will in turn affect banks, asset managers and insurance companies.

What do you hope will change in the post-coronavirus world?

I hope that people will be less self-centred and be kinder and gentler with each other – and that we become better people and kinder to the planet.

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Helen Haworth

Portfolio Manager, Sasfin Wealth

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