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Baring Asset Management predicting short war

Baring Asset Management is predicting a short war followed by a gradual economic recovery.

The group has positioned portfolios for a swift military settlement. While it says it does not anticipate a ‘boom’ it believes we will see modest but positive returns.

BAM recommends that investors take an overweight position in the UK equity market, moderated by the realisation that a stable world order may take time to unfold.

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