Investor Confidence Increased in November by 1.7 Points to 80.9

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 3:00 pm EST



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"The last time European investor confidence was this high was just before the first round of ECB government bond buying in late 2014. While there has been a similar surge in confidence in 2019, it has at least lasted through the first month of actual bond purchases."

BOSTON, November 27, 2019 — State Street Global Markets today released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index® (ICI) for November 2019.

The Global Investor Confidence Index increased to 80.9, up 1.7 points from October’s revised reading of 79.2. The increase in sentiment was driven by a 1.1 point rise in the European ICI to 133.9. The North American ICI remained steady at 67.7, and the Asian ICI dipped by 0.1 point to 85.6.

The Investor Confidence Index was developed by Kenneth Froot and Paul O’Connell at State Street Associates, State Street Global Markets’ 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.

“Global investor confidence inched higher in November, but still remains well below a neutral reading of 100, adding to the streak of cautionary investor behavior since late 2018,” commented Ken Froot. “The stark regional difference between North America and Europe remained steady, particularly with policy uncertainty surrounding the impeachment hearings and the trade war continuing to weigh upon investor sentiment in the US.”

“European investor confidence remains elevated,” said Michael Metcalfe, senior managing director and head of Global Macro Strategy, State Street Global Markets. “The last time European investor confidence was this high was just before the first round of ECB government bond buying in late 2014. While there has been a similar surge in confidence in 2019, it has at least lasted through the first month of actual bond purchases.”

The index is released globally at 10 a.m. Eastern time in Boston on the last Wednesday of each month. More information on the State Street Investor Confidence Index is available at

The December 2019 Investor Confidence Index will be distributed on December 27th, 2019 due to the Christmas Bank holiday.

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