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IFAs will recommend UK equities & bonds in 2005

Schroders has announced that over two-thirds of IFAs will be recommending UK equities, corporate bonds and commercial properties to their clients in 2005.

The survey claims that over the next 6-12 months, 88 per cent of IFAs will recommend UK equities, 78 per cent will recommend corporate bonds, 70 per cent commercial property and 36 per cent cash.

The findings also reveal that 78 per cent of IFAs say depolarisation will have “little or no effect on their business”.

The results, from the annual Joint Investment Forum Roadshow organised by Schroders, Newton, Gartmore and M&G spoke to 600 advisers during its eight-date UK tour in January.

Schroders managing director of retail business Robin Stoakley says: “After a strong start to the year, we are encouraged by the signs that sentiment amongst clients is gradually beginning to pick up. When the FTSE 250 Index reaches historic highs and companies continue to grow, the UK looks an attractive place to invest.”

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