US markets follow UK in leaning towards overseas property investment

Posted on September 1, 2012 ยท Posted in Uncategorized

It would appear that US and UK markets are following the same trends. 

Mainstream financial advisers in the US have started to step into the unregulated territories as they have begun to do in the UK. 
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Direct property and direct overseas equities are the two growing areas of interest for self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF), according to a boutique investment manager.

Instreet Investment managing director George Lucas said that five years ago, only about 5 per cent of financial planners asked about direct investment in residential property, whereas now about 20 per cent of planners were inquiring.

“Five years ago, one in 20 independent financial advisers asked about direct property investment” via an SMSF, Lucas said.

He said five years ago, “direct investment in residential property via an SMSF was seen as 'shonky'”.

“It wasn't a mainstream asset class such as government bonds or cash,” he said.

“Now, it's one in five. This is the biggest shift I've seen. One reason is that it's not valued as often, so it's not subject to the same fluctuations as other assets.”…More at Direct equities, property lure SMSFs – InvestorDaily

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