Barclays Stockbrokers has revealed that share dealing trades for 2009 have increased by 68 per cent, in comparison to the previous year.
Despite the banking crisis affecting market conditions, the execution-only retail broker has announced that more than half of the deals placed last year were purchases, while it also saw the number of new trading accounts increase by a fifth.
Welcoming the news, Paul Inkster, head of product at Barclays Stockbrokers said investors have consistently looked to take advantage of the extreme market conditions.
"Trading volumes have revealed a high level of confidence amongst our clients, in particular in their buying activity, as they have identified opportunities arising from weakness in the markets," he said.
Over the past two years, the broker has seen its total assets held by clients in stocks and shares remain relatively unchanged, compared to a drop of approximately 15 per cent in the UK stock markets over the same period.
Meanwhile, it has also recorded an increase in trading of non-traditional asset classes.
Commenting, Mr Inkster added: "Increasing sophistication of clients and relatively easy access to information over the last few years have combined with investors' desire to diversify their portfolios away from traditional long-only UK equity portfolios and we expect this trend to continue."
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