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HNWI optimism falls across the world on inflation, geopolitical concerns

Monday, August 08, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Optimism among high-net-worth investors (HNWI) has fallen to early-pandemic levels due to concerns over inflation, recession, and the war in Ukraine, said a study.

According to the latest quarterly Investor Sentiment report by UBS research, which surveyed more than 2,800 investors across 14 markets, nearly three-quarters of respondents were worried about making bad investment decisions in the current environment and were holding onto cash.

With investor optimism waning, nearly three out of four investors are now worried about making bad investment decisions in the current environment and are holding onto cash, the report said.

Despite this, they see potential investment opportunities if markets decline further, and are highly interested in energy security, smart mobility, and automation/robotics as long-term investment themes.

Meanwhile, business owner optimism has rebounded after the largest drop in two years, and most business owners plan to continue to hire workers and invest in their businesses over the next 12 months. Nearly half of business owners expect to raise prices in the next six months, driven by rising materials costs and concerns over wage inflation.

According to the report, in the US, short-term investor optimism in the economy and stock market plunged to 39% and 37%, respectively, from 58% in May. If markets decline a further 10%, younger investors are much more likely to increase their investment allocation to th......................

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