Investors eye opportunities in market turmoil - Investments - News - Moneyfacts


Investors eye opportunities in market turmoil

Investors eye opportunities in market turmoil

Category: Investments

Updated: 10/08/2011
First Published: 10/08/2011

This article was correct at the time of publication. It is now over 6 months old so the content may be out of date.

Investors are attempting to make the most of the opportunities being presented by the volatility in the stock markets.

As markets continue to react to the ongoing turmoil in the US and the Eurozone, Barclays Stockbrokers said it is seeing unprecedented levels of trading activity from its clients.

While some investors are adopting a 'wait and see' approach (38%), many feel the current market conditions present buying opportunities and that there is value to be found in the market.

Four in ten (40%) of those surveyed said they were confident they could capitalise on current market conditions.

As to where people are investing, around a third (32%) said developed equities present the best investment opportunities.

Traditional safe havens, such as gold, have historically proved attractive for investors in turbulent market conditions, and when asked, one sixth (14%) of investors said these sectors present the best opportunities at the moment.

"While some investors continue to wait for events to unfold, many others are actively seeking investment opportunities, as evidenced by the majority weighting towards purchases," said Paul Inkster, head of product at Barclays Stockbrokers.

"As is often the case in volatile markets, clients are also seeking out traditional 'safe havens', especially gold as it rose to a high on Tuesday above $1,750/oz.

"Developed equities also continue to be a popular choice with clients, even as markets fluctuate hugely."

The FTSE 100 has increased again this morning, having gained almost 2% yesterday.

The news that the US central bank is likely to hold interest rates until 2013 meant US shares had their best day for two years yesterday, closing up 4%.

The announcement has helped to bring to an end one of the biggest sell-offs in recent years.

Looking for the right investment? Compare investments

Disclaimer: Information is correct as of the date of publication (shown at the top of this article). Any products featured may be withdrawn by their provider or changed at any time.

Related Articles

Pound plummets as FTSE soars

A second significant fall in the pound has taken place. While this drop may be unhappy news for people who are about to go on holiday, it has given the FTSE 100 quite a boost, as it has passed the 7,000 mark for the second time in as many years.

Would you risk the stock market for £400,000?

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to secure decent returns on cash savings these days, yet we all know that investing in cash is the safest option. But would you risk that level of security for the chance of a £400,000 profit?

Don’t be a victim of investment fraud

Low savings rates have led many of us to desperately scour the market in hopes of finding a deal that will pay more. However, this search means that more and more savers are being tempted by unfamiliar investments.