SIPP pension investors increase exposure to equities, says Barclays

13 May 2009 / by Rebecca Sargent
As interest rates remain at record lows, Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) investors are taking advantage of market volatility and increasing their exposure to equities.

According to the research from Barclays Stockbrokers, 32 per cent of SIPP investors are increasing their exposure to equities, compared to just nine per cent that are moving away from equities.

In addition, the research found that SIPP investors are updating their investment strategies as one in five has chosen to diversify through the use of iShares and ETCs (Exchange Traded Commodities).

Overall, 63 per cent of SIPP pension investors see volatile markets as a buying opportunity. Commenting on the research, Barbara-Ann King, head of investments at Barclays Stockbrokers, said:

"As volatility continues to dominate financial markets, it is encouraging to see bullish investors take control of their SIPP investments in the search to increase returns.

"It's great to see that the majority of our clients have the confidence to see market volatility as a buying opportunity rather than waiting for a recognised recovery to be established and are investing for the future."

Speaking of the trend for investors to take control of their own funds, she added: "We are increasingly seeing our clients evolve their investment strategies and adopt an 'Instividual' approach to investing, whereby they are taking ownership of their investing decisions and proactively trading to take advantage of market volatility.

"We expect this trend to grow as markets continue to fluctuate," she added.

The Barclays Stockbrokers SIPP allows investors to control their own pension pot, in addition to being a tax efficient trading account, Ms King added: "The control and transparency offered by a SIPP is also clearly important to our clients; it puts the investor in control 24/7 and can be as simple or as complicated as the investor wants, offering: a wide range of investment opportunities, the ability to diversify investments and full transparency of how the pension pot is invested."

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