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Confident investors put selling on hold

Recent downturns in world markets have made it easier for investors to make decisions about their portfolios, according to Threadneedle&#39s investment barometer.

The company&#39s research shows the number of inv-estors intending to sell their holdings has fallen and the number of investors intending to hold their investments has risen. There are also no signs of investors wanting to abandon the market entirely.

Threadneedle Investments&#39 barometer is a regular six-monthly survey of investor opinion conducted in the UK.

Nineteen per cent of inv-estors intend to invest more, a figure which holds steady from the last survey.

However, the number of people expecting to sell is down to only 11 per cent from 18 per cent a year ago.

But the most marked inc-rease revealed in the survey is in the number of investors intending to hold their investments, with 65 per cent in the UK saying they will compared with 44 per cent in the last survey.

The survey also shows that only 32 per cent of investors in the UK are expecting short-term gains compared with 36 per cent last November and 40 per cent in May 2000.

The number of investors in the UK anticipating a rise in share prices increased to the highest level yet of 50 per cent.

Threadneedle says a year ago investors felt uncertain about the rise in markets and subsequent volatility but are now much more confident about prospects, even if many are not ready to invest further quite yet.

Managing director (retail) David Sachon says: “Clearly, markets have been volatile and this has made people a little less keen to invest short term.

“In the longer term, inv-estors clearly see value is emerging and we will watch closely to see how their exp-ectations change in the next barometer.”

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