Aite Group reveals key concerns for US equities investors

Regulatory uncertainty, market volatility, and high frequency trading in the United States and Europe are the main concerns for buy-side and retail investors toward the US equities market, research on 645 retail investors and 22 asset managers and hedge funds by Aite Group has found.

Over the last four years, the US equities market has been marred a never-ending series of mishaps and fraud that has directly challenged the overall confidence of participating investors, institutional and retail alike, Aite said.

According to the research, institutional firms continue to struggle with an increasingly complex market structure, and the ultimate interests and protection of retail investors have topped global regulators’ agenda for future regulatory rule changes.

With market and regulatory uncertainty continuing and the US equities market experiencing its third consecutive year of volume decline, much has been debated about whether the US equities market can recapture its former glory.

“A key concern for both institutional and retail investors, market volatility is certainly no fictional monster in the closet. While volatility has dropped since the unprecedented spike in Q4 2008, the market has never really returned to pre-crisis levels,” said adds Danielle Tierney, analyst and co-author of this report.

Chart: The biggest concerns voiced by investors

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