Three ways to position your portfolio in times of uncertainty.

Developments over recent months have proved a wake-up call to markets after a complacent start to the year.

Amid this heightened uncertainty, investors may wish to favour a more defensive stance in their portfolios. To this end, we have set out below some ideas for consideration.

Look at short-term bonds as way to address portfolio risk.

Market development over the recent months have been marked by high volatility. Short-term bonds may help lower portfolio risk while the positive yield they provide means they have scope to outperform cash.

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Consider adding diversification and protection with gold.

Gold has long been lauded as a potential hedge against uncertainty and, in the toughest of times, has provided a welcome diversification benefit that few assets can match.

Think about using longer-dated treasuries to mitigate US recession risks.

Exploring US government bonds may be a way to provide some stability to portfolios at a time of tightening financial conditions in the markets and lending standards in the economy.

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