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Regular investing benefits assessed

Regular investing could prove useful to people when markets are turbulent, according to the Association of Investment Companies (AIC).

Stock markets across the globe have suffered upheavals in recent days, with concerns about the US and eurozone economies taking their toll.

In light of the turmoil, the AIC assessed regular investments in comparison to lump sum investments during the bear markets which emerged between September 30 2007 and February 28 2009, and February 29 2000 and October 31 2002.

The organisation suggested that better results were achieved by regular investments during these times.

Its communications director, Annabel Brodie-Smith, said: "Regular investing each month gives you a lower risk profile by helping to smooth out some of the stomach-churning highs and lows in the price of shares."

A "long-term view of investments" could help people to come to terms with volatile markets, she indicated.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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