Active high net worth investors are increasingly looking to equities for their investments, a survey has found.
The research for the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) who represent investment trusts and closed-ended funds found 44 per cent of investors were intending to increase their stock market exposure, up from 40 per cent in March.
There was still nervousness amongst investors about a double dip recession, with 29 per cent believing this was the biggest threat to their finances. Of the investors polled, 45 per cent said that tax increase would pose a threat to their finances.
Confidence in the stock market in the index is at its highest since February 2005, with 63 per cent of investors believing the stock market will outperform the housing market over the next 12 months.
Director general of the AIC, Ian Sayers said: “It is promising to see that investor confidence is up from March 2010. With markets still proving unpredictable it is not surprising that investors are remaining cautious and are clearly worried about a double dip recession.”
The most popular sector for high net worth investors was resources and commodities.
A separate survey of over 2000 members of the general public showed that 21 per cent felt the VAT rise to 20 per cent next year was the biggest threat to their finances. Just under half of people surveyed say they have changed their spending habits in the last year, with just 17 per cent saying they are saving more.
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