When it comes to stock market turbulence, private investors are much more inclined to weather the storm than the professionals, it has been claimed.
According to Capita Group, independent dealers sold £5.9 billion in equity holdings at the end of July 2007 and reduced their share of the UK market from 12.15 per cent to 11.96 per cent.
They also took to buying defensive stock such as tobacco and beverages - areas which are traditionally less affected by market disturbances, the firm added.
John Roundhill, director at Capital Registrars, praised the way private investors have conducted themselves in the second half of the year.
"Their strategy has proved itself very sound. When the turmoil began to hit in the middle of July, private investors were ready for it," he said.
Capita Group is a company based in London which specialises in business process outsourcing.
The firm was registered on the FTSE 100 in 2004.
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