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Schroders Survey: As Global Investor Confidence Rebounds, U.S. Investors Are The Exception

 Schroders Survey: As Global Investor Confidence Rebounds, U.S. Investors Are
                                The Exception

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2014

NEW YORK, Feb. 26,2014 /PRNewswire/ --Investors in the U.S. remain cautious
even as the majority of investors around the world have become more confident
about investment opportunities, according to a comprehensive new report of
investor sentiment by Schroders. Analysis of the Schroders Global Investment
Trends Report 2014^1, a survey of 15,749 investors across 23 countries
(including 2,006 investors in the U.S.), reveals that more than half of global
investors^2 (56%) have an optimistic outlook on investments in 2014, up from
48% in 2013. However, only 37% of U.S. investors feel more confident about
investment opportunities this year, down from 59% last year; they cited fears
of higher taxes (33%), a weak or prolonged global economic recovery (33%) and
rising inflation (24%) as the reasons for their erosion of confidence.

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The increase in global investor confidence has led investors to return to the
equity markets, and the survey found many are looking beyond their own
countries to find investment opportunities with the strongest returns. Among
global investors, 70% believe equities will deliver the best returns, but only
41% believe equities in their own nations would yield the greatest returns,
compared to 50% in 2013. Almost one-third (31%) of global investors expect
North American investments to provide the highest returns, and 27% and 12% of
investors expect Western Europe and the Middle East, respectively, to deliver
the strongest returns in 2014.

Although many investors around the world are looking outside their national
and regional borders to find the best investment opportunities, the study
found that 70% of U.S. investors believe North America will provide the
top-performing investments — and 56% believe U.S. equities will likely
generate the best returns, while 22% plan to invest in multi-asset funds
(diversified portfolios composed of equity, fixed income and alternative
investments). Emerging market equities were ranked as the third most popular
type of equity investment among U.S. investors, with 15% stating these
securities would likely deliver the highest returns and 14% placing their
confidence in global equities.

Massimo Tosato, Executive Vice Chairman, Schroders plc said: "This report
shows encouraging signs of renewed confidence in equity markets, driven in
part by improving economic and market performance in developed economies. In
2013, the U.S. economy delivered Q4 growth of around 3% despite the Federal
Government shut-down in October. In Europe, Germany and the U.K. have
performed well. Equally, Japan has delivered some of the best results of any
global economy following Abenomics policies, giving renewed hope to investors
across the globe.

"However, this trend towards equity investments is not without challenges in
2014. Despite positive news from some countries, global GDP growth remains
lower than expected, when compared to recovery rates from previous
recessions. This growth will not be uniform across sectors, economies or
regions, particularly given that significant weakness remains in some Eurozone
countries, and also in emerging markets where the withdrawal of QE is weighing
heavily on stock markets. We are in a still transitioning global economy and
taking an active investment approach remains key for investors."

The report also found that U.S. investors have longer investment horizons than
investors in other countries, and the U.S. investor base has a stronger
recognition of the importance of saving for pensions and retirement than the
global investment community. Almost half (46%) of global investors revealed
that saving for pensions and retirement planning is their major objective for
2014, but only 5% are considering a 10-year time horizon for returns, while
61% have an investment horizon of one to five years. Meanwhile, in the U.S.,
67% of investors listed pension/retirement saving as a key goal, and the
average time horizon for investors is six years — the longest in any of the 23
countries represented in the survey.

Carter Sims, Head of U.S. Intermediary Distribution, Schroders concluded:
"Our report demonstrates that while European and Asian investors have renewed
confidence in the equity markets, US investors are a bit more cautious. The
fears over the impact of QE tapering and the fact that 2013 saw resurgent US
Stock market growth and economic recovery have played a role in that shift of
confidence. Seeking professional financial advice should be a focus for
investors as they look to move into new areas and benefit from global growth
and opportunities."

For more details about the report from 26^th February visit our website:
www.schroders.com/sgitr2014 and to join the conversation on Twitter, use the
hashtag #SGITR2014.

About Schroder Investment Management North America Inc.
Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. is a unit of Schroders plc
(SDR.L), a global asset management company with approximately $415.8 billion
under management as of September 30, 2013. Schroder's clients include major
financial institutions including banks and insurance companies, as well as
local and public authorities, public and private pension funds, endowments and
foundations, intermediaries and advisors, as well as high net worth
individuals and retail investors. The firm has built one of the largest
networks of offices of any dedicated asset management company with more than
400 portfolio managers and analysts covering the world's investment markets,
offering a comprehensive range of products and services.

Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. is an investment advisor
registered with the U.S. SEC. It provides asset management products and
services to clients in the U.S. and Canada including Schroder Capital Funds
(Delaware), Schroder Series Trust and Schroder Global Series Trust, investment
companies registered with the SEC (the "Schroder Funds"). Shares of the
Schroder Funds are distributed by Schroder Fund Advisors LLC, a member FINRA.
Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. and Schroder Fund Advisors
LLC are indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Schroders plc, a UK public
company with shares listed on the London Stock Exchange.

For additional information about Schroders, go to www.schroders.com/us.

^1 Schroders commissioned Research Plus Ltd to conduct an independent survey
of 15,749 investors in 23 countries around the world who intend to invest
€10,000 (or the equivalent) or more during the next 12 months. The survey was
conducted online between 2nd – 24th January 2014 and these individuals
represent the views of investors in each country involved in the survey.

^2 For the purpose of this research project, we have defined an 'investor' as
someone who is looking to invest at least €10,000 or equivalent in the next 12
months.

Contact: Chris Moon
Jennifer Connelly Public Relations
973-850-7304
cmoon@jcprinc.com

SOURCE Schroders

Website: http://www.schroders.com
 
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