Retirement investment vehicles continue to be regarded positively by investors, with eight in ten saying now is a good time to invest in 401(k) plans and IRAs, according to the second quarter 2014
The John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index® remained at its level of the past three quarters, holding steady at +23, essentially unchanged from the past two quarters. The Index score is largely due to investors positive attitude toward investing in stocks. The percentage favoring equities remains high overall, yet has declined compared to the same period last year: 57 percent now versus 62 percent in Q2 2013.
Investors retain stable views toward balanced mutual funds (57 percent) and stock mutual funds (55 percent). Fewer are enthusiastic about real estate investments, with 57 percent thinking now is a good time to invest in real estate compared with 62 percent in the second quarter of 2013.
John Hancock s survey indicates that the great recession continues to recede in the consciousness of investors, with half reporting they are in a better financial position now compared with two years ago, and half expecting their situation will improve in the years ahead, and these levels have remained unchanged for the past two quarters,
Investors believe blue-chip stocks are the investment type with the most potential (24 percent), and energy, healthcare and technology companies will be the best-performing sectors in the near term.
A majority view real estate (88 percent), stock mutual funds (82 percent), fixed income mutual funds (72 percent) and individual stocks (71 percent) as long-term investments. In the short-term investment column, 44 percent include foreign currency, and a quarter view precious metals and derivatives as more speculative investments. Twenty-two percent regard ETFs are short-term investments.
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