Not All U.S. Investors Were Aware of 2012 Stock Market Performance1
In a departure from previous years' surveys, more investors surveyed correctly perceived the positive performance of the 2012 stock market. That suggests feelings about stocks are becoming less gloomy. But a significant number, more than 30%,1 still believe the market was flat or down, which suggests some lingering pessimism.
Considering four consecutive years of positive equity markets since 2008, it's surprising some investors thought the market was down or flat last year. Clearly, the emotional scars of 2008 are not completely healed.
Take stock of your perception of the market. The best way forward will depend on your goals, time frame, and other details that make you a unique investor. Set up an appointment to discuss any changes to your portfolio with your financial advisor.
1. Source: 2013 Franklin Templeton Global Investor Sentiment Survey: conducted in partnership with ORC International. It includes 501 online responses from participants age 25 and older in the U.S. from January 14, 2013, to January 25, 2013.
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