Investor confidence rising, says Skandia survey

Financial advisers around the world are more confident about the global economy than they were in the last quarter of 2011, according to results of the latest Skandia International Adviser Confidence Barometer.

Confidence as measured by the Barometer is up by 10% to a score of 5.5 out of 10, according to the views of the 445 advisers surveyed during the first quarter of 2012 in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, UK, Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Asian advisers remain most upbeat, with an average score of 6.6. European advisers may remain wary of the outlooks for their own economies, but they are confident on the outlook for the global economy, scoring 5.7 on average on this point.

Europe’s financial troubles otherwise remain the darkest cloud for advisers on all continents. Two-thirds of those surveyed believe that the European debt crisis is the biggest threat to their own region, in contrast to surveys carried out in the previous two quarters, when the issue of global contagion was identified as the biggest risk.

Unemployment remains the second biggest risk after European debt, with close to 4 in 10 believing this could negatively impact their local region.

European assets are seen as continuing to provide poorer returns compared to assets in Asia, North America or Emerging Markets.

Investment sector likely to offer best returns over the next 12 monthsPercentage of respondents
Emerging Asia Equities 17.5%
Other Emerging Markets Equities 14.4%
North American Equities 13.0%
Asian Equities 11.7%
Gold 9.9%
Metals and Mining 6.1%
Emerging Market Debt 5.8%
Agriculture and Resources 4.9%
Other 4.7%
International Fixed Interest3.4%
UK Equities3.1%
Japanese Equities0.9%
European Equities (ex UK)0.9%
UK Fixed Interest0.4%


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