Helen Haworth talks to us about the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, plus what’s been helpful to her over this time.
“Just do your best. None of us know what the outcome of the virus will be, or how we will be affected.”
I’m head of a portfolio management team within Sasfin Wealth.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.