Investor Confidence Rises in March by 4.2 points to 95.4

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:05 am EDT

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"Exiting historically low rates is a policy withdrawal investors have not experienced before; therefore it is natural that such an extreme policy is being questioned."

BOSTON, March 28, 2017 — State Street Global Exchange today released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index® (ICI) for March 2017. The Global ICI increased to 95.4, up 4.2 points from February’s revised reading of 91.2.  Confidence among the European investors improved with the European ICI rising 11.9 points to 95, up from February’s revised reading of 83.1. The Asian ICI also rose from 104.3 to 109.6. Meanwhile, the North American ICI declined by 0.3 points from 91.9 to 91.6.


The Investor Confidence Index was developed by Kenneth Froot and Paul O’Connell at State Street Associates, State Street Global Exchange’s research and advisory services business. It measures investor confidence or risk appetite quantitatively by analyzing the actual buying and selling patterns of institutional investors. The index assigns a precise meaning to changes in investor risk appetite: the greater the percentage allocation to equities, the higher risk appetite or confidence. A reading of 100 is neutral; it is the level at which investors are neither increasing nor decreasing their long-term allocations to risky assets. The index differs from survey-based measures in that it is based on the actual trades, as opposed to opinions, of institutional investors.


“In the US, significant skepticism remains given the strong run in stocks year-to-date,” commented Froot. “Exiting historically low rates is a policy withdrawal investors have not experienced before; therefore it is natural that such an extreme policy is being questioned.”


“The pull back in European investor confidence last month reversed course in March, with the index gaining 11.9 points,” commented Rajeev Bhargava,  managing director and head of Investor Behavior Research, at State Street Associates.  “Easing of political tensions in the region post the Dutch elections, as well as sustained economic momentum on the back of a series of positive economic surprises, seems to have contributed to the more constructive tone from investors.” 


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* Assets under management were $2.47 trillion as of December 31, 2016. AUM reflects approximately $30.62 billion (as of December 31, 2016) with respect to which State Street Global Markets, LLC (SSGM) serves as marketing agent; SSGM and State Street Global Advisors are affiliated.

About the State Street Investor Confidence Index®
The index is released globally at 10 a.m. Eastern time in Boston on the last Tuesday of each month. More information on the State Street Investor Confidence Index is available at http://www.statestreet.com/ideas/investor-confidence-index.html


The views expressed in this material are the views of State Street through the period ended March 28, 2017 and are subject to change based on market and other conditions.


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