Strategy & economics
A note from our Channel Islands Chief Executive, Giles Neville, about COVID-19
In these extraordinary times, many aspects of our daily lives are being disrupted. This disruption could intensify in coming days and weeks and in the light of this, I wanted to write a personal note to our clients.
It goes without saying that our thoughts are with those individuals and families directly affected by the coronavirus outbreak. As a business, the well-being of our clients and employees is our priority and we have implemented a range of measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus, playing our part in supporting health officials as they tackle the rising number of cases. Being part of a strong, global business means we can continue to provide the quality of service and operational capability that you expect from us, while substantially changing our working practices.
Every day brings new developments, both in terms of the virus’s spread and its impact on the economy and financial markets. We are monitoring the situation closely and are ready to respond rapidly. Our website will be regularly updated with our latest thinking.
At the same time, as a business with over 200 years of history, our role as stewards of your investments is to look beyond the immediate. One thing we do know is that this bear market will pass, just as it did post the financial crisis of 2008, the dot-com crash of 2000, Black Monday in 1987 - as I started my career - and the oil crisis in 1973. We know what can be accomplished when individuals, institutions and nations pool their talent in search of solutions to world problems. We see first-hand what human ingenuity can achieve in the fields of medicine and technology - and with what speed. While the days ahead will continue to be challenging and I do not underestimate the scale of this global issue, I am optimistic that the seeds of recovery - if not yet visible - are already being sown.
Meanwhile, we will work with you to get through this and be available - by email or phone, if not in person - to deal with your requests and queries as efficiently as usual. Therefore, please do contact us if there is anything with which we can help.
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