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Expats confident in international markets PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:52
Expatriate retail investors still have confidence in international markets despite the general bad feeling about the global economy.

This is according to the findings of the TD Global Investor Confidence Survey, which took the pulse of over 2,000 Expat and UK investors from around the world.

The study also found that although more than half (52%) of expat investors responding to the survey expect the global economy to fall back into recession in 2012, they remain confident in equities as their preferred investment choice for both income (44%) and growth (41%), above any other investment class.

When it comes to investing in international markets, TD’s survey shows a real shift of confidence regarding Europe. Only 5% of expat respondents are expecting Europe to be the best performing market in 2012. While this illustrates a significant decline in confidence in the European markets, elsewhere confidence is more positive. In particular, Asia remains the most popular market among 46% of expat investors, followed by the USA (18%) and Australia (8%).

Annemarie Jung, CEO of Internaxx Bank, a TD Company servicing international and expat 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.”

While expats chose equities as their top investment choice for 2012, they also revealed a high level of interest for hard assets with a combined 39% saying they would choose to invest in real estate, commodities and precious metals in 2012, compared to 26% of their UK counterparts. Notably, 20% of expats would invest in gold and precious metals, compared to 12% of UK respondents.

When asked where they kept their assets, over half (58%) of expat investors said that they held some or all of their assets offshore, while 48% said they most commonly use the services of an execution-only broker to invest.

Jung said: “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.

“It is also clear that in terms of managing their wealth and accessing international markets, investors are more than happy to take control themselves with almost half of the expat respondents to our survey confirming they use the services of an execution-only broker.”
 

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