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Investor risk appetite damaged, says Standard Asset Management

Standard Asset Management says that while it does not foresee a US or global recession, the weakness in financial markets has damaged investor risk appetite.

Standard Asset Management Emerging Market Debt Portfolio Manager Alia Yousuf says it is hard to see markets recovering to the levels of several months ago over the sort term.

He says: “While broad economic and corporate health remains good, the downturn in the US housing market and generally stricter lending standards will likely weigh both upon economic performance and investor confidence going forward. That being said, at current levels, the market has likely discounted much of any worst-case scenario.

“With this in mind, we see current spreads on emerging market corporate and sovereign bonds as offering reasonable medium term value, although we remain somewhat cautious at present as we expect some short term volatility.”


Bright ideas are shining

Rensburg and Skandia’s UK best ideas vehicles have recorded top-quartile performance since their launches in autumn 2006.Rensburg’s UK manager focus trust reached its one-year mark on Tuesday, with the portfolio 28th out of 281 funds in the UK All Companies sector since launch, while Skandia’s version is 22nd out of 283 since its launch in […]

Bearing up in volatile markets

Volatility in global markets has caused some concern this summer but losses in open-ended funds have been somewhat subdued compared with those in the down years of 2000-03. The average unit trust or Oeic has fallen by 0.1 per cent over one month and by some 4 per cent over three months to August 31, […]

Royal Liver to launch multi-manager range

Royal Liver has announced it will launch a range of multi-manager investment funds in early 2008 as part of its modernisation strategy.The mutual will out-source the funds to external managers but will actively oversee their performance.Royal Liver’s first half results, which it released today, are the strongest for five years.While it is not required to […]

Alliance & Leicester ‘open’ over US sub-prime exposure

Alliance & Leicester has made an update on the London Stock Exchange in a bid to calm investors’ fears over its exposure to the US sub-prime crisis.This comes just a week after A&L head of specialist mortgages Jeremy Claridge told Money Marketing that lenders must be more open about their exposure to the US sub-prime […]

Who cares?

By Tracey Dickson, marketing consultant There are almost 7 million carers in the UK – that’s around 10 per cent of the population who provide unpaid care for a disabled, seriously ill or older loved one.1 But according to a report from the charity Carers UK, 20 per cent of people providing 50 hours or more of care […]


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