11 MAY 1929, Page 34

Finance—Public and Private

Securities and the Election

RIGHTLY or wrongly, it is assumed that, for good or for ill, the result of the General Election must have a con- siderable effect upon the course of public securities. In particular, it is maintained that should Labour obtain a victory over all other parties, or even if Liberals and Labour together should have a majority over the Con- servative, the effect upon securities would be unfavourable, and for that reason there is a tendency to restrict commit- ments in stocks pending the fateful issues on the 30th of this month. It is true, as I point out in- another column, that certain factors have helped to maintain prices in many directions, but they would probably be much higher to-day but for the election uncertainties, for it is a matter of common knowledge that many millions of money are temporarily placed on deposit with the banks or in short-term bills pending a clearer view of the domestic political situation.