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Investors fail to capitalise on equities in 2005

92.9 per cent of private investors have failed to identify equities as the best performing asset class in 2005 according to New Star research.

The research, conducted in association with NMG, surveyed more than 2000 investors from across the UK asking which asset class they thought was the best performer over the 12 months to December 2005. Only 7.1 per cent of investors said equities had returned the most over the period, while 24.2 per cent thought residential property offered the best returns.

In fact, equities as measured by the MCSI world total return index rose 23 per cent while residential property rose 3.2 per cent over the period.

New Star public relations manager Ben Robinson says: “This research highlights the gap between consumer perception and reality. It raises a number of importand issues – primarily, that equities are still suffering negative sentiment despite their strong perfomance in 2005.”


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