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Investors choosing to spread risks

Investors choosing to spread risks

Category: Investments

Updated: 12/05/2009
First Published: 12/05/2009

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The majority of UK investors remain committed to equities over the long term, despite the market turmoil resulting in an upturn in the numbers diversifying their investments.

Research from the Investment Management Association (IMA) has revealed that 56% of investors continued to favour equity funds in 2008.

The figure was however the lowest ever recorded, with volatile markets seeing many investors opting to spread their risks and diversify their holdings.

"The fact that investors have put a smaller proportion of net investment into equity funds in recent years could be viewed as a sensible move towards a more diversified portfolio," said Chris Bryant, head of statistics policy at IMA.

"UK investors seem to see equities as a long term investment - this was shown last year when investors largely held their nerve, making much smaller net withdrawals from equity funds than other Europeans."

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