They say that we live in uncertain times.

But ask yourself: when has time ever been certain?

Just think about these historical events:

  • Was time certain on December 1, 2019? That’s when a strange kind of pneumonia began to appear in hospital patients in Wuhan City, China — even while the general population remained ignorant of the fact that this would be their final month of normality.
  • Was time certain on September 10, 2001? That’s when Al-Qaeda operatives prepared to embark on what they called the ‘Planes Operation’ — even while the people working at the World Trade Center in New York unknowingly went through the motions what would be their last Monday ever.
  • Was time certain on December 6, 1941? That’s when a Japanese naval fleet streamed across the Pacific, stealthy, unnoticed — even while the American sailors at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii enjoyed a final Saturday of bliss.
  • Was time certain on June 27, 1914? That’s when the Archduke of Austria, heir to the throne, prepared to tour the city of Sarajevo — even while Bosnian assassins watched him, intending to tighten the noose the very next day, unleashing an act that would shake the very foundations of Europe to its core.
  • Was time certain on April 14, 1912? That’s when the HMS Titanic, the largest cruise ship of its era, travelled across the Atlantic Ocean — even while its upper-class passengers wined and dined, unaware that they had a date with destiny the very next day.


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This is history at its most significant. Most profound:

  • So, if you can, look back at how things were a century ago. Look back two centuries. Look back three centuries.
  • In fact, go back as far as you can. Study humanity’s written history closely. And you will find there has always been one day in particular — that special day of days — where people assumed they were living in certainty. But they actually weren’t.

Behind the scenes, the wheels of fate were already turning: 

  • These people found themselves at the precipice just before the plunge. But they didn’t know it at the time. They were blissful and ignorant — for 24 hours, at least.
  • So, ask yourself: when has time ever been certain?
  • Well, here’s the obvious answer: all time is uncertain. You just never realised it.



A short history of capitalism


Have you ever invested in the stock market? Do you intend to? Well, you may not know it, but the market has been around for over 400 years:

  • In 1602, the world’s first public-listed corporation, the East India Company, began trading on the world’s first sharemarket, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
  • Since then, capitalism has been ticking along like clockwork.
  • Wars. Revolutions. Recessions. Famines. Earthquakes. Through it all, the market has endured and survived and keeps cruising forward.
  • The market is, for lack of a better word, unstoppable.


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Karl Marx, the eternal socialist, is perhaps the biggest prophet of doom of our modern industrial age:

  • He believed that capitalism was hypocritical and unsustainable. It sows the seeds of its own destruction. It will surely come crashing down. And in the end, only communism — which will create a utopia free of private property — can give us salvation.
  • But Karl Marx died a poor, sickly man in 1883. Since then, his prophecies have failed to come true. There have been many boom-and-bust cycles in the economy — but none of them have led to the demise of capitalism.
  • On the contrary, what Marx clearly underestimated was humanity’s resilience, adaptability, and innovation.
  • The stock market serves as both a beacon and a fortress.


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Money does not sleep. Money wants growth. Money wants yield:

  • As new businesses are born, new services are provided, new technologies evolve, and new customers are found, the stock market will keep marching forward.
  • The market — free and wild and organic — will continue to find creative solutions to the most pressing problems we have in our society.
  • Indeed, it is the ultimate problem-solver.


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Yes, all time is uncertain. But one thing is for sure: crisis can be the best discounting tool.

  • It allows smart investors to buy the dip, capturing fantastic assets around the world at a discount.
  • During a macroeconomic shock, everything on the market is for sale. Everything is marked down to its fair value. Quality is available on the cheap.
  • To capitalise on this, all you need is a little bit of courage. Just a little bit. And the trajectory of your life could be transformed for the better.



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John Ling

Analyst, Wealth Morning

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