Investors Prefer Property Over Stocks And Shares

Investors Prefer Property Over Stocks And Shares

UK Property Investors are far more positive about continuing to invest in bricks and mortar over stocks and shares as the outlook for the UK property market continues to improve.

The latest Lloyds TSB Private Banking Investor Confidence Index shows that positive sentiment in the UK property market has improved massively in the last 3 months, whilst investors shy away from speculating in other markets with stocks and shares.

In April the positive sentiment for property was only 8%, and improving sentiment in regions such as Wales, West Midlands and North West has added to the strong confidence in London to lift the overall UK property sentiment level to 32%.

This means that UK property is now the fifth highest asset class, behind gold, emerging market shares, commodities and UK company shares. Over the same timescale, sentiment for gold showed a remarkable slump, dropping from 46% to just 12%.

  • 44% of investors reckon the outlook for property will remain positive in the next six months
  • Just 12% think the outlook for the UK property market will be negative.

Ashish Misra of Lloyds TSB Private Banking said “UK house builders have performed well in the stock market recently, mainly as a result of government programmes to boost residential property sales. But when it comes to commercial property, offices, factories and shopping centres, some investors may already be too exposed.

Government initiatives such as the Funding for Lending Scheme, which were intended to allow more first time buyers to get on the property ladder and kick start the UK residential property market have certainly had some effect, however investors need to be using sound investment strategies with clearly defined exit plans, in order to really profit from property.

Property investment is about making sound decisions based on facts and determining income from positive yields rather than speculating on stocks and shares in financial markets, so it is important for investors to take the time to educate themselves on the most successful strategies being used at the moment and adapt them to suit their personal situations. They should also have a knowledgeable and efficient power team to help them realise the full potential of their investments and maximise any returns.

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