According to new research by Master Investor Ltd. (‘Master Investor’), 85% of investors are actively looking to invest in the UK in 2019 with more than a third (37%) highlighting that this number has increased over the last few years.
The research by Master Investor, the UK based investment media and events company that delivers independent, financial commentary and analysis to UK private investors and traders, featured respondents that were on average 54 years old and in the majority, either self-directed or ISA investors. They claimed to have around £387,000 in investable assets for 2019 which was up 31% compared to 2018.
According to Master Investor’s research, Healthcare (16%) and Technology (15%) are currently the most favoured UK sectors for investments. They were followed by Real estate (9%), Financials (8%) and Energy (8%). 7% selected both Infrastructure and Consumer staples while 6% selected IT and Telecoms.
The research also showed that nearly a fifth (18%) of respondents said they are most likely to favour UK small caps or AIM shares in 2019. This compared to 14% who chose UK blue chip equities.
One of the biggest investment trends in the last twelve months in the UK has been the growth in ethical investing. Indeed since 2008, assets in ethical funds have qrown almost four-fold from £4.5 billion to £16.9 billion towards the end of 2018**. Master Investor’s research seems to support this trend with more than a third of (37%) respondents suggesting that they would be actively seeking more ethical investments in 2019.
James Faulkner, Master Investor, commented on the research: “The UK remains very popular for investors and is set to be even more popular despite a background of increasing economic uncertainty. We were interested to see the popularity of healthcare and technology which both offer a wide range of growth and value investments. Furthermore, ethical investing which remains a hot topic in the investment community, is something that we are seeing greater demand in.”
Master Investor organises the UK’s leading annual event for private investors. The Master Investor Show will be held on 6th April 2019 in London and will open its doors to more than 5,000 private investors. Attendees can learn from expert speakers on how to make the most of savings, talk directly to CEOs of companies they can invest in and hear leading entrepreneurs, investors and fund managers speak about future trends and opportunities.
James Faulkner continues: “We are focussed on helping as many private investors as we can – whether this is through our events, free monthly magazine or online community. It’s an incredibly interesting time to invest and we are very much looking forward to our show on 6th April where we will be welcoming a record number of attendees.”