UK-based investors would have enjoyed a good decade had they ignored the negative commentary around European stock markets and bought some exposure to the continent, says John Bennett, Fund Manager of Henderson European Focus Trust. John also explains his thoughts on the year ahead and his activity on the Trust’s portfolio.
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