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SMSF investors hungry for global equities research

Global stock analyst Skaffold has acknowledged SMSF members as the individuals most interested in seeking information on international equities.

According to Skaffold, SMSF investors were around three times more likely to subscribe to the research into offshore exchanges than their non-SMSF peers.

“We would expect SMSF interest in offshore markets to continue on an upward trend, as data out of major international economies show improvement. There’s also likely to be a slipstream effect with non-SMSF investors following suit,” Skaffold general manager Chris Batchelor said.

“As a rule, SMSF investors tend to be active investors and at the forefront of seeking out tools to assist with their investment decisions.

“It is estimated that, on average, SMSFs now have 45 per cent of assets in direct shares, up from around 35 per cent in 2007. This compares with non-SMSF investors who typically hold less in direct shares, due in part to holdings in managed products.”

Skaffold’s examination of its client base revealed the United States and Hong Kong to be the leading exchanges SMSF investors wanted more information on.

The stock analysis firm found the top six most popular stocks among SMSF investors to be Flight Centre, Cedar Woods Properties, Forge, JB Hi-Fi, Cordan and ARB Corp.

At the other end of the spectrum, Leighton and Newcrest Mining topped the most disliked stocks list.

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