NEW YORK, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- According to TNS' Investor Confidence Index, there was a significant decline in confidence amongst affluent American investors in May 2010. The Investor Confidence Index is now at 100, down from the December 2009 result of 112. This most recent result reflects a reversal of much of the gains made in investor confidence since the post-crisis low of 81 was measured in October of 2008.
The Investor Confidence Index is part of TNS' Affluent Investor Market Research Program (AMRP) and was conducted online by TNS from May 19 - 27, 2010. Respondents had investable assets of $500,000 or more as of July 2009.
The index gauges the outlook of respondents on multiple financial measures over a six-month period. Despite remaining fairly confident about the future outlook of their personal financial situation and the health of their employer, affluent consumers are now more pessimistic than they were in December 2009 about the stock market, the value of their investments, and the general outlook for the U.S. Economy. More dramatically, the percentage that is confident that the stock market will perform at the same level or at a better level in the near term has declined from 81% in December 2009 to 65% in May 2010.
According to Ellen Sills-Levy, Vice President -- Investment Industry research -- TNS, "This most recent Investor confidence finding is not surprising in the context of the European credit crisis, the May 6 Dow 'technical anomaly', the volatility of the world stock markets, Americans' concerns about the creation of new jobs, the unemployment level, the budget deficit and investor inertia. (According to the Federal Reserve, as of May 10 money on the sidelines in bank and money market accounts had reached $9.36 trillion, compared to $7.44 trillion in May 2007.) This is obviously a time when investors need financial advisors and firms that they can trust—advisors they perceive to working in tandem with them and on their behalf."
About the TNS Affluent Market Research Program:
AMRP has been providing the financial services community with critical data and insights since 1981. The study is based on a representative national sample of households with a net worth of $500,000 or more, excluding primary residence.
The latest TNS Investor Confidence Index polled 1,412 respondents between May 19 - May 27, 2010. Respondents had investable assets of $500,000 or more as of July 2009.
TNS is a leading provider of market data for the financial services industry. In addition to AMRP, TNS offers extensive research on small business banking and consumer credit card usage. These programs are part of a global inventory of 43 syndicated research programs.
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