Woodford failure a wake-up call for sensible investment
An unflattering article on The Times’ website detailing the fallout from the Woodford failure has made AIM investors nervous. We think this is unfair. AIM is home to plenty of fast growing, financially stable, liquid companies which make great investments and AIM for IHT planning portfolios have significantly outperformed major UK indices over many time periods. Investors must now learn to be more selective about the companies they back.
The demise of Woodford Investment Management has been painful for the smaller AIM companies held in its funds. One day backed by one of Britain’s most revered fund managers, the next these companies have seen their shares put up for sale at a very well publicised discount. That – as finnCap’s boss Sam Smith highlighted in a recent interview with the Times – has had a meaningful impact on the liquidity of these companies.
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