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Property and bonds can yield returns while the economy struggles

The UK economic recovery may be below par but Richard Batty, global investment strategist at Standard Life Investments, thinks commercial property and high yield bonds will give you some much-needed cheer.

Property and bonds can yield returns while the economy struggles

There was pretty grim news on the UK economy this week as new data showed a 0.5% fall in gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of last year. 

Richard Batty, global investment strategist at Standard Life Investments, believes the weak recovery means the Bank of England will not lift interest rates from their historic low of 0.5% this year.

Given that cash in the bank is being eroded by rising inflation, Batty believes investors should focus on investments generating a good yield or income. In particular he highlights commercial property and high yielding bonds and shares, although the latter he says could be volatile and move up and down a lot.

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