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Michael Sill
Michael Sill, Mentor Education

Investor concern levels drop to lowest level since the GFC

19 August 2014

ASX A report by global financial services market research company
Investment Trends has found that investor concern levels have
fallen to their lowest level observed since the GFC.

The report titled The Investment Trends 2014 First Half Australia
Online Broking Report
, found that despite the strong performance of the equity market, investors were still worried about a global crash and the possible impact of current world events.

The report surveyed 12,398 online retail investors between 28 April and 22 June 2012, found that while concern levels have fallen, investors are still not bullish. The report highlighted that, “with the strong performance of the equity market, investor concern levels have dropped to their lowest level observed since the GFC, however, the impact on capital gain expectations performance has been modest.”

The report indicated that online share investor numbers remained static with 585,000
Australians placing at least one share trade in the year to June 2014, while, “inflows of new
investors were exactly offset by an increase in the number of people falling dormant over the 12 month period.”

According to the Investment Trends, 53 per cent of Australian investors traded using a mobile platform, in comparison to Singapore (76 per cent) and the US (60 per cent) and13 per cent of Australian online shareholders confirmed they planned to start using smartphones and/or tablets platforms in the next 12 months, with the majority revealing they would be more likely to monitor their holdings on a mobile platform than buy and sell shares.

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