Economic, fiscal and political changes can sometimes jeopardise your investment in shares. The following list of events should set alarm bells ringing, so stay alert and be attuned to

  • A bear market

  • Heavy insider selling

  • An inquiry or investigation by the government

  • Excessive government taxation

  • Acts of nature, such as a hurricane or tsunami

  • Pending government intervention; for example, nationalising an industry

  • An economic slowdown or decline in the industry or sector

  • National or international conflict, such as war or acts of terrorism

  • Excessive government regulation