In these very challenging times, GBPensions would like to reassure you that we are doing all we can to keep everything running as smoothly as possible. Our business is equipped so that the team can work remotely if needs be. We've invested in technology so that we can continue to receive your phone calls during business hours, and securely access our data and information systems.
The health and safety of our clients, our associates and our team is paramount. Therefore, in accordance with the Government's guidelines for Alert Level 4, our offices in William Pickering Drive are closed for at least the next four weeks whilst the team continues to work remotely. We hope to re-open the week of 20 April. Of course, we are keeping a close eye on developments, and monitoring covid19.govt.nz/ to ensure we continue to follow best practice.
It is quite normal to feel anxious at the moment. In fact, I don't know anyone who isn't feeling at least a little overwhelmed or concerned. The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has shared some practical advice to help us all take care of our mental health and wellbeing, including ways to connect, keep active, and maintain a routine: mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/top-tips-to-get-through/
As far as the world of finance is concerned, sadly there is no crystal ball. I cannot say what will happen over the coming months. Indeed, it would be hugely inappropriate for anyone to be making predictions at a time like this. What I can say for sure is that the portfolio managers looking after your investments are working hard to mitigate the effect of the downfall in world markets.
In the meantime, please continue to follow reputable advice about health, safety and hygiene to protect yourself, your loved ones and the wider community. The team and I send you our best wishes.