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Survey: Confidence in US capital markets holds up despite growing overseas doubts

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Survey: Confidence in US capital markets holds up despite growing overseas doubts

Millennial investors worry about cybersecurity, paying off debt.

While US retail investors continue to have robust confidence in US capital markets, they are increasingly leery of those abroad, according to an annual survey by the Center for Audit Quality.

According to the survey, 73% of Main Street investors have confidence in US capital markets, holding steady from 2014 levels and up 12 percentage points from the post-crisis low. This confidence cuts across generations and geography.

“Despite sometimes nerve-wracking fluctuations in the marketplace, our survey shows that US investor confidence is resilient."

By contrast, confidence in non-US capital markets decreased from 2014, edging closer to the lowest level recorded since 2007.

“Our 2015 survey results paint a fascinating picture of the American retail investor,” said CAQ Executive Director Cindy Fornelli. “Despite sometimes nerve-wracking fluctuations in the marketplace, our survey shows that US investor confidence is resilient, a positive sign given the importance of financial markets as engines of capital formation and economic growth.”

The top-cited reasons by investors for their confidence were a general positive view of the strength of the US market system, recent good experiences with personal investments, and the historical stability of the US markets.

Millennial investors are more attuned to emerging risks such as cybersecurity threats.

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