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Private investors move back into equities

Private investors invested £800m in equities in February and March.

Private investors invested £800m in equities in February and March, doubling their total investment since the autumn, according to research from Capital Registrars.

Over two-thirds of this £800m was invested into cyclical sectors – such as industrials and commodities – which Capital Registrars says would most likely benefit from any bounce in both the economy and stockmarket.

The investment in February and March took the total net investment by private investors to £1.6 billion over the last six months .

Even British financials saw £77m added to private investors’ portfolios in the last two months, as Capital Registrars says signs of stability “finally began to return to the sector and investors looked to take advantage of very low share prices”.

However, Capital Registrars says the weak performance of the British stockmarket until the beginning of March means the overall value of private shareholdings fell during the period.

By the end of March 2009, it says, private shareholders owned £114 billion of equities, which in value terms it says equals the low point reached in 1979.

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