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March 20, 2014

Almost 60% of high net worth investors feel bullish about the investment outlook over the next 12 months, according to a new survey, the highest confidence has been since the global economic crash of 2008.

Almost 60% of high net worth investors feel bullish about the investment outlook over the next 12 months, according to a new survey, the highest confidence has been since the global economic crash of 2008.

Financial advisory company deVere Group said the number of investors who reported feeling bullish was up four percentage points from its 2013 poll to 57%.

The last time investor confidence levels were higher than this level was in 2007, when 59% of high net worth investors said they were feeling bullish in the annual international poll.

January 1, 2005

Family firms represent around half the output of the UK’s privately-held economy. Even so, Grant Gordon believes there’s scope for improvement

Grant Gordon is director general of the Institute for Family Business (UK). www.ifb.org.uk.

Family firms represent around half the output of the UK's privately-held economy. Even so, Grant Gordon believes there's scope for improvement

Family firms are an important part of the backbone of the UK economy and the primary constituency where they are represented is in the small business sector. A Barclay's Bank survey carried out in 2002 noted that three in five firms with turnover of £5m or less are owned or managed by related family members.

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