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Now is the time for investing in shares say 89%

10 August 2009 / by Andy Davies

An online survey carried out by F & C Investments showed that 89 per cent of respondents think now is a good time to invest in shares.

Despite the current economic climate, the large majority of respondents believe the long-term outlook is positive.

The July survey received many comments from respondents, with one saying: "Markets indicate a recovery; valuations are still very low and even allowing for more reductions dividend yields offer good returns going forward."

Some people believe now is good time to invest in shares because the value of the market is low and it could be a profitable long-term investment.

As the FTSE 100 went past the 4600 mark at the start of August, this would mean investors in July would already be ahead, but this is with the benefit of hindsight.

A more cautious answer to the question, "Is now a good time to invest?" was, "I'll let you know next year."

Commenting on the results, Mike Woodward, head of investment trusts at F & C Investments, said: "While it is encouraging that so many of our investors are feeling confident about the equity market right now, the benefits of investing in shares are most evident over the longer term."

He added: "Since F&C pioneered the concept of investment trust savings schemes in 1984, an investment of £100 into Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust would have grown to £1,168, while a regular commitment of £25 a month would have built up a fund worth £22,237."

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