AIM is ending a tough year on a higher note, but it remains a challenging environment for investors and advisers. 2009 has been an evolutionary year. The ‘fittest’ AIM companies have survived in a year that saw over 250 companies leave the market. As 2009 draws to a close, it is heartening to see that the rate of those leaving the market appears to be slowing.
For advisers, the most coveted present under the financial Christmas tree remains the IPO. They were frustratingly elusive in 2009, which from a capital raising perspective, was dominated by secondary placings and rights issues. But the broader investment and advisory markets must be buoyed by the recent Gartmore and Better Capital IPOs. The simple concept that investors are now ready to invest in fund management and turnaround businesses is itself a meaningful statement and we hope a signs of things to come. All we want for 2010 is for this sentiment to continue permeating throughout the markets.
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