Alejandro Varela: “Any time is good to invest as long as it is done with common sense”

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Do you think that now is a good time to invest in the midst of the pandemic crisis?

Any time is a good time to invest as long as it is done with common sense, with an adequate time horizon, and with due respect for the rules of diversification. This is as good a moment as any other, given that the pandemic is also revealing interesting opportunities in certain stocks that may have been affected in the short term, but for which some normalization is expected in the future.

Why would you recommend investing in the Renta 4 Latin America Fund? Do you think emerging Latin American countries have the capacity to expand?

Latin America has been practically the last region in the world to feel the impact of Covid19, and also the last to control its effects, which is why in stock market terms its indices are the most lagging in profitability in the year. We believe that Latin America will recover thanks to the global recovery, and to the effect of the stimulus policies implemented at the domestic level. Therefore, some convergence and improvement could be expected in the coming quarters.

Would you advise an individual with no equity experience to invest now?

If one does not have the experience, the ideal is to start little by little, but, above all, respect the rules that any basic investment manual would highlight, such as not investing what we may need, doing it in a sufficiently diversified way, and not setting time deadlines demanding. With a few concepts of clear and common sense, there is a good chance of investing success.

How important is the investment in Renta 4 Latin America for your company, Renta 4 Gestora?

Our fund has been investing for 20 years and is recognized for many successes over the years. Likewise, Renta 4 has subsidiaries and analysis teams in Chile, Peru, and Colombia, so we are very knowledgeable about the region and its potential. For us, investing in the South American continent is not only an alternative but a clear opportunity with tremendous potential.

How are the results of this type of funds being in our country?

We can talk about ours, where we have achieved extraordinary results in certain years, even becoming the most profitable fund among all the funds of Spanish management companies with annual returns of 98% (2009). The long-term results are magnificent, although it is true that it sometimes entails periods of strong volatility and, therefore, of strong dispersion in the result.

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