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State Street Investor Confidence Index  
Released On 1/30/2018 10:00:00 AM For Jan, 2018
PriorPrior RevisedActual
State Street Investor Confidence Index94.8 95.7 102.1 

Highlights
Global institutional investors regained confidence and became net buyers of equities in January for the first time in four months, according to State Street, whose Investor Confidence index based on actual portfolio holdings of their institutional clients rose to 102.1, up 6.4 points from December's upward revised reading of 95.7. The increase in global appetite for equities was driven by a 16.0 point jump in the European component to 113.4 and a 6.1 increase to 100.8 in the component for Asia. The North American component shows a more modest increase of 1.7 points and at 97.2 the below par reading of the sub-index indicates that institutional investors were still net sellers of equities in the region.

The return of confidence in European equities after two years of subdued risk appetite among institutional investors probably reflects improving European economic growth, subsiding political uncertainties, and the ECB's accommodative policies. But with North American equities rocketing higher to record highs at the start of the year, continued albeit moderating net selling by institutional investors here indicates that the tendency towards risk aversion seen since September for this region still prevails.

Definition
The State Street Investor Confidence Index measures confidence by looking at actual levels of risk in investment portfolios. This is not an attitude survey. The State Street Investor Confidence Index measures confidence directly by assessing the changes in investor holdings of equities. The more of their portfolio that institutional investors are willing to invest in equities, the greater their confidence. The report's main index is global and is based on activity in 45 countries. The report tracks more than 22 million transactions annually. There are three published components: North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The separate weightings of the three components vary month to month based on investment activity and are not published. Also included in the global index, but also not published, is activity in South America and the Middle East.  Why Investors Care
 
 

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