Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Investor Pulse Poll 2014 Results Are In

High Net Worth Investors Are Bullish Despite Ongoing Economic and Geopolitical Concerns
High Net Worth Investors Optimistic on Prospects for 2014
The Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Investor Pulse Poll, which measures trends, perceptions and expectations among affluent investors across the nation, reveals that high net worth investors are positive about the future, despite some uncertainties about the impact of economic and political developments at home and abroad.
High net worth investors are bullish on investing in 2014
Following the rise of the broader equity markets in 2013,
high net worth investors expect to find more opportunity in
the year ahead.
expect their investment portfolio to be
better or the same at the end of 2014
see a better or same
investment climate
Investors Favor Equities For Their Asset Allocation Expectations in 2014
Equities are seen as preferred investment vehicles for the year, with dividend-bearing stocks, S&P 500 Index funds and Dow Jones Average Index funds earning a “good” rating from the highest percentage of affluent investors.
Plans for Asset Allocation at Year-End
Potential economic challenges top affluent investors’ list of worries
  • Prospects for the U.S. economy
  • Government budget deficit
  • Increased foreign conflicts
  • National trade deficit
  • Effects of terrorism on the nation
More than any other sector, technology is in favor with investors for 2014
'Good' Investment Sector For 2014
The affluent prefer keeping investments close to home, with the majority of investors favoring the United States as a place to invest
Which Country is a 'Good' Place to Invest?

The United States is the only country to earn a “good” rating from a majority of high net worth investors. Conversely, the countries deemed a “bad” place to invest by the highest percentage of investors are the Middle East (67 percent) and Russia (54 percent).
The overwhelming majority of high net worth investors seek the guidance of a Financial Advisor
High net worth investors seek experienced counsel when it comes to their investments. Why do they use a Financial Advisor? Nearly 90% look for a financial professional to provide:
  • Communication on how assets can contribute to a retirement income stream
  • Guidance on their portfolio’s asset allocation
  • Analysis on what is happening with the economy and how that impacts their portfolio
77% use at least one financial advisor
Survey Methodology:
Approximately 1,000 U.S. investors, age 25 to 75 years old, with $100,000 or more in liquid investable household financial assets. Approximately one-third of those interviewed had $1 million or more in household financial assets. Poll conducted by GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications October to December 2013.

HNW Investors participating in the MSWM Investor Pulse Poll were asked to rate investment prospects, sectors, and regions on a four point scale (i.e. Good, Bad, Neutral, Not Sure). Sectors highlighted as “Top-Performing” are cited as “good” investment sectors by a majority of HNW investors participating in the Poll.

Poll commissioned by Morgan Stanley but independently conducted by GfK Public Affairs October to December 2013.

The results, charts and graphs are for informational purposes only. The investments listed may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment will depend upon an investor's individual circumstances and objectives.

Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of the 30 “blue-chip” stocks and serves as a measure of the U.S. market, covering such diverse industries as financial services, technology, retail, entertainment and consumer goods. An investment cannot be made directly in a market index.

S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged, market value-weighted index of 500 stocks generally representative of the broad stock market. An investment cannot be made directly in a market index.

International investing may not be suitable for every investor and is subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political factors, withholding, lack of liquidity, the absence of adequate financial information, and exchange control restrictions impacting foreign issuers. These risks may be magnified in emerging markets.

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