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Should you be concerned about your pension fund investments?

There has been much talk in the press about the potential impact on pension funds from the fall in the BP share price. However, amidst all this doom and gloom it is easy to forget that any pension fund arrangement should be a long-term investment although there may be a need to protect income as retirement day approaches.

Many of the headlines which we see in the financial press are very short term based and can cause confusion and uncertainty amongst investors, even those with long-term investments such as pension schemes. This is why any financial advisor worth their salt will time and again reiterate the fact that any investment in equity-based financial instruments should be considered on a long-term basis. Each and every company on the stock market will at some stage experience short-term volatility in the share price, often very dramatic, which is when we need to look at the longer-term picture.

The prospects for any company could change at any given time and if the long-term potential for growth disappears then perhaps it may be time to disinvest and reinvest elsewhere. Any investment should be considered on a long-term basis although short-term fluctuations may well give a warning signal about the future. This is why professional advice should be taken on a regular basis.

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