Investor Confidence in U.S. Markets Holds Steady

According to the Center for Audit Quality's (CAQ) 6th Annual Main Street Investor Survey, about two-thirds of individual investors have at least some confidence in U.S. capital markets. That represents an increase of four percentage points from 2011.

Among the study's other findings:

  • Investor confidence in investing in U.S. publicly traded companies held steady at 71% this year.

  • Since 2008, investor confidence in audited financial information has held steady at around 70%.

  • About 70% of investors believe that the American economy will either stay the same or improve over the next year.

  • Only 25% of investors expect their personal financial situation to improve over the next year, but 64% expect it to stay the same.

  • Confidence in capital markets outside the United States fell to a low of 35% from 43% in 2011.

Methodology: A telephone survey of 1,003 investors was conducted July 17 to 23, 2012, by The Glover Park Group. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.2%. Investors were defined as those with investments valued at $10,000 or more.

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