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Broker Talkback

Do you agree with Treasury Economic Secretary Ian Pearson that now is “not a bad time” to invest in the stockmarket?

Yes 75%

No 25%

Yes “It is impossible to call the bottom but it probably has not got much further to go down. Of course, we have a hell of a long way to go to get back up.”

Jason Shearer, Advanced Financial

No “If he has a proverbial crystal ball, I would like to see it. I think it is a bit of a gung-ho attitude.”

Kerry Megginson, Brideshead Independent Financial Services

Yes “I agree but uninitiated investors find it hard to believe.”

Alan White, Prism Financial Services

No “I would exercise caution because I think that the market is going to fall further.”

Stephen Nicholls, A to Z Financial Intermediaries

Yes “I think it is a good time, even though there will be further volatility because over the next five years, the stockmarket should pick up.”

David Munro, David Munro Financial Services

Yes “The stockmarket’s low but in the not too distant future, one would expect there to be an upturn. We just need one or two things sorted out, like the Americans.”

John Horrocks, Compass Assurance Services

Yes “Now is not a bad time to invest provided that you are willing to take a long-term view of at least five to 10 years.”

Mark Richards, Mark Richard & Co

Yes “There has to be long-term value but you have to understand that the market may fall further.”

Graeme Mitchell, Lowland Financial


The easy option

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