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UK and expat investors remain confident PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 September 2012 08:20
UK and expat investors are confident about investment opportunities despite the general bad feeling regarding the global economy.

This is according to the findings of the TD Global Investor Confidence Study which surveyed more than 2,000 investors from around the globe.

The study found that over half (57%) of all respondents expect the global economy to fall back into recession in 2012, while nearly half (45%) expect the UK economy to either contract or show no growth.

Yet despite this gloomy economic outlook, both investor groups remain confident in equities as their preferred investment choice for both income (46%) and growth (43%) above any other investment class.

In fact, both UK and expat investors agree that equities, precious metals and commodities are the top three asset classes to invest in for both income and growth.

Stuart Welch, CEO of TD Direct Investing, said: “UK investors have no doubt been mindful of the economic pressures being felt both in the UK and across the globe. Yet the findings of our 2012 survey demonstrate that their resilience and confidence to seek out investment opportunities, particularly in equities, remains high.”

Annemarie Jung, CEO of Internaxx Bank, a TD company servicing international and expat investors, continued: “Recent economic turmoil in Greece, Italy, Spain and Ireland will no doubt have placed a heavy burden on both UK and expat investors, demonstrating that now more than ever it is important they have the opportunity to diversify across different asset classes and international markets where they can.”

When it comes to international markets TD’s survey appears to show a real shift of confidence in Europe. In the 2010 survey, 47% of UK investors said they would be most likely to invest in Europe in the next 12 months, the latest findings show just 1% expect Europe (excluding the UK) to perform best in 2012. The figure for UK and expat investors combined was only marginally higher at 2%.  

While this illustrates a significant decline in confidence in the European markets, elsewhere confidence is more positive. In particular UK and expat investors share the same expectations that Asia will perform best over the next 12 months (48%), followed by the USA (16%) and Australia (9%).

Interestingly TD’s 2010 investor confidence survey showed that although 43% of respondents felt the UK economy could be in a “V” shaped recovery, nearly a third (30%) correctly predicted the start of the double dip recession we are currently in.
 

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