Internaxx survey identifies expatriate investor asset preferences

Over half of expatriate investors expect the global economy to fall back into recession in 2012, but remain confident that international markets can ward off the worst impact of struggling European markets, according to the latest TD Global Investor Confidence Survey.

The Survey found that equity remained the preferred investment choice for both income (44%) and growth (41%). Other assets favoured include ‘hard assets’ with 39% saying they would choose to invest in real estate, commodities and precious metals in 2012. 20% of expatriates said they would invest in gold and precious metals..

However, on a geographical basis, just 5% expect Europe to be the best performing market in 2012, against Asia (46%), the US (18%) and Australia (8%).

More than half, 58%, of expatriate investors keep all or some assets offshore. 48% said they most commonly use the services of an execution-only broker to invest.

Annemarie Jung, CEO of Internaxx Bank, a TD Company servicing international and expatriate investors, said: “Recent economic turmoil in Greece, Italy, Spain and Ireland will no doubt have placed a heavy burden on both expat and UK investors, demonstrating that now more than ever it is important they have the opportunity to seek out opportunities in international equity markets.”

“It is clear from our research that Expats’ desire for financial stability and a balanced portfolio is leading them to choose a broad mix of asset classes, including international equities and hard assets such as property, commodities and precious metals.”

Over 2,000 expatriate investors were surveyed for the results.

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