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Change in global trends

Investors should focus on all elements of risk and return in making investment decisions and not be swayed purely by country or sector factors, according to Schroders.

The fund manager claims the recent re-emergence of country-specific factors in influencing risk and return predictions is making it essential for investors to take all potential impact factors into account when making investment choices.

It says UK stocks are beginning to take significantly different courses after a spell following global patterns. This has led Schroders to advise greater scrutiny of stock-specific factors, which it says have been overlooked in the past.

But it says other sectors, such as global telecoms, are starting to experience significant country effects, with US telecoms stocks drastically outperforming their European equivalents this year. It advises investors to focus on the country impacts in this sector.

Head of investment strategy unit Justin Abercrombie says: “The key to successful investing is the ability to identify emerging behaviour in global market returns to determine what trends are developing.”

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