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Healthcare EIS resilient in a downturn, says Longbow

Longbow Capital is tipping healthcare as a defensive investment sector which is likely to better weather the economic storm.

Longbow offers two healthcare enterprise investment schemes which target growth areas within the life sciences, health and well-being sectors.

The approved EIS fund has a defined investment period of one year and a portfolio of 8-10 UK-based unquoted stocks, designed for investors with an income tax liability in the current tax year. The arrowhead EIS fund invests in 10-15 companies over a period of 18-24 months and is intended for investors with anticipated tax liabilities in the next two years.

Longbow partner Julian Hickman says the forward-looking funds offer a convincing growth story for investors in the current downturn. He says: “Healthcare is a broad market which covers many different technologies, markets and products so it offers a good basis for diversification. The challenge in early stage venture capital is to be able to develop the technology and market it effectively – this doesn’t change dramatically in a good or bad market.”


Lottery of timing to buy annuities

If markets get back to the 5,000 level, then a large number of people should get buying an annuity “over and done with” William Burrows Annuities director Billy Burrows has urged.
Speaking at Money Marketing’s annuity round table, Burrows said that his company is investigating a number of exit strategies for people who may have seen investments suffer by as much as 15 to 20 per cent.

Wine of the times

Investing in wine has proved very profitable over the years. The main index recognised by the trade is the Liv-ex 100 Fine Wine Index. It was started in September 2004 and since then, this wine index has risen by 253 per cent.


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