The widespread decline in global stock markets has made many investors nervous and eager to find some way to add an element of protection to their portfolios. The new issue of Shares looks at assets which have lower correlation to the market and which could offer some comfort to individuals at the present time.

But what if you’re confident about the markets recovering? Shares looks at high quality businesses caught up in the recent market sell-off to spot investment opportunities.

Also this week: forthcoming IPOs; two funds that place a big emphasis on avoiding losers; and investment trusts trading on wider than average discounts to net asset value.