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AS TIME GOES BY

While much has changed in the 10 years since the global financial crisis, the current economic climate is presenting new challenges to income

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Ten years ago, on the morning of 9 August, BNP Paribas halted redemptions from funds containing now-infamous CDO instruments, marking the start of the global financial crisis.

Traditionally, investors have turned to UK equities and bonds for their income needs, but in the decade since the financial crisis – with interest rates and bond yields plummeting – investors have had to widen their hunt for yield.

Given the uncertainty around Brexit and the recent general election, the £65bn IA UK Equity Income sector witnessed two months of outflows in May and June as investors have increasingly turned to bonds for safety.

Diverse approach

Thomas Watts, an investment analyst at Cumberland Place, uses a mix of asset classes across its range of risk-rated portfolios “remaining cautiously optimistic on both selected bond and equity markets”.

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