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Aim: the wishful thinking index

Chris Dillow

Chris Dillow
Aim: the wishful thinking index

One of this year's curiosities has been that Aim stocks have outperformed the main market, rising by 17 per cent against the All-Share's 12.6 per cent. I say this is odd because it goes against the long-run trend. Since its inception in December 1995, the Aim index has fallen by 17 per cent while the All-share has risen 93 per cent. Because Aim stocks tend to pay lower dividends than mainline ones, the disparity in total returns is even wider.

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