Lyon: Prepare for a Market Correction

Gold-rated fund manager Sebastian Lyon of Troy Trojan and Personal Assets Trust is selling out of equities and into gold and gilts in preparation for a stock market correction

Emma Wall 23 February, 2015 | 10:00AM

Stock markets look buoyant today – boosted by positive news from across the Channel. As Germany and Greece put their differences aside, many market makers are prediciting a new all-time-high for the FTSE 100. But veteran fund manager Sebastian Lyon of Troy Asset Management is warning investors not to be too hasty.

Lyon, who runs the Gold-rated Personal Assets Trust (PNL), is selling out of equities, prepping his portfolio for a market correction. The fund manager says that current market conditions remind him very much of pre-tech bubble Britain, just before the stock market crashed.

“Prior to the dotcom bubble bursting equities enjoyed an 18-year bull market, making investors 10 times their money. But when we launched Troy in 2000, I looked around and thought 'that is not sustainable'. The equity market was very high and I believed a portfolio fully invested in equities would not be able to deliver long term returns – and I was right. I feel the same about global stock markets right now,” he said.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class A409,250.00 USD0.00
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B272.11 USD0.00
GlaxoSmithKline PLC1,346.40 GBP0.00
Imperial Oil Ltd31.95 CAD0.00
Personal Assets Ord46,850.05 GBP0.11
Sage Group (The) PLC644.00 GBP0.00
Trojan O Acc366.90 GBP0.70

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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