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Mr Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Investec Ireland’s 3rd annual investment conference, “Unconventional: Breaking Convention at the Irish Convention Centre”, was opened by Minister Brian Hayes recently, attended by 400 guests from leading Irish and Irish-based companies within the international investment and financial banking community.
For Irish investors in 2013, volatile stock markets, the possibility of future inflation and historically low interest rates that make it difficult for investors to earn significant returns, are posing challenges for both corporate and personal financial decision making, the conference heard.
However, Irish investors are being advised to plan accordingly and explore the emerging markets of Africa and the opportunities arising from outward foreign direct investment by China in Ireland and Europe.
Speaking at the event, Michael Cullen, CEO, Investec Ireland, said: "Market fatigue is still a major concern for Irish investors as the survival of the Euro and the US fiscal cliff still dominate headlines. We are seeing a return to basic investment strategies for many investors, who are increasingly risk conscious and are looking for stable income returns. The challenge is balancing the desire for return with the potential for risk."