The past 12 months have been an interesting and somewhat turbulent time for the UK. Following an eventful year of domestic and international shifts spanning both the political and economic arenas, 2018 is set to be another significant time for investors.
Naturally, such changes – elections, Cabinet reshuffles, Brexit negotiations, fiscal statements and so forth – have an impact on financial markets. Moreover, these events equally affect the investors who play a vital role in supporting the vast majority of industries.
Amidst this period of transition, the investment landscape has continued to evolve. For some, the rise of alternative asset classes – for example equity investment into start-ups or trading in cryptocurrencies – has now become an alluring option. However, for others, traditional asset classes such as property remain the foundation of their investment strategies.
Of course, investors’ decisions are not just swayed by the performance of different industries and asset classes, but also by external factors shaping the financial landscape: the Conservative Party’s policies, Donald Trump’s political agenda and the Bank of England’s decisions regarding interest rates, to name but a few key influences in 2017.
Taking into account the contextual circumstances facing investors in 2018, a financial strategy well placed to take advantage of this year’s unfolding trends is vital. With that in mind, to uncover the intentions of UK investors over the coming 12 months, MFS has surveyed a nationally representative sample of more than 2,000 UK adults about their investment plans and perspectives.
The results of the survey are available in MFS’ new report: The UK’s Property Investor Intentions 2018. The study explains how this significant sample of investors – all with over £10,000 worth of investable assets, not including property, pensions and SIPPs – has responded to the key events of the past 18 months. Simultaneously, it offers valuable insight into investors’ sentiment towards both traditional and newer, alternative investment options in the year ahead.
Click here to download MFS’ new investor report.