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Cut Your Losses

Investors hoping for a market rally the day after Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States were in for a bitter disappointment. Wall Street plunged, Asian markets bled red and European indices traded in negative territory at the time this article was written.

With fears of a deep global recession intensifying, what should you be doing to protect your wealth?

Fan Cheuk Wan, Private Banking Research, Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse told CNBC that investors should just cut their losses and sell their holdings that are exposed to the recession risk.

“We have been advising our clients to take advantage of any short-term rebounds to offload their portfolio in risky assets, including lower-rated and higher-risk credit and equity, in order to reduce the portfolio risk,” she said

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However, Fan does see some stocks with compelling valuations in the equity markets after the sharp correction that took place over the past couple of months.

“Our strategy is to focus on the defensive and high-quality blue-chip companies which are best-positioned to survive the economic recession, and we favour those sectors which are more defensive and with less exposure to recession risks.”

She highlighted consumer staples, healthcare, telecommunications and utilities as some of the sectors that are most resilient to the global economic downturn. On the other hand, sectors such as technology, commodities and capital goods will most likely be hit by the slowing demand.

“We anticipate further earnings downgrade for these sectors and this will imply that the current valuation will see further erosion risk.

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