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Brokers cautious on FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 index is down today amid concerns expressed by a number of brokers regarding the UK economic outlook and the level of the FTSE 100 at the moment. There is no doubt that the ever darkening economic clouds are now starting to impact on investor sentiment although there have been a number of brighter periods over the last few days. So which way will the FTSE go in the short to medium term?

There are a number of factors to consider with regards to the FTSE 100 Index and the UK economy as a whole. Inflation, interest rates, budget cuts, tax rises and a worsening employment market are just some of the major issues which need to be addressed in the short medium term. There is no doubt that the UK government has more plans for budget cuts and tax increases in the short-term, as and when the UK economy can support these, which will at the very best create a drag on the UK economic recovery.

However, on a brighter note there is no doubt that overseas investors are now looking at the UK from a much stronger position due to the relatively weak level of sterling on the exchange markets. As a consequence, a number of analysts have expressed concern that overseas bidders could be looking to cherry pick some of the best UK assets in the short to medium term.

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