INVESTORS SELL EURO AND BUY GOLD AS FEAR OVER EURO CRISIS INCREASES

 

The euro crisis has overtaken inflation as UK investors’ top financial fear, according to a barometer of investor sentiment from financial marketing specialists dianomi™.

 

From a panel of over 1,750 UK investors, 26% cited the euro crisis as their top current fear rising from only 9% in January.  Meanwhile, inflation has dropped from being the number one fear in January to the number three fear after recession. Fear of unemployment has also dropped from 15% to 9%.

Rank Which of these economic outcomes do you fear the most? Jul 2011 % Jan 2011 % 6-month %change
1 Euro Crisis 26 9 +17
2 Recession 17 17
3 Inflation 16 22 -6
4 Unemployment 9 15 -6
5 Higher taxes 7 10 -3
6 Higher interest rates 6 7 -1
7 Crisis in China 6 7 -1
8 Drop in Sterling 6 4 +2
9 Lower property prices 4 4
10 Deflation 3 6 -3

 

The research also investigated which asset classes and sectors are proving most attractive to UK investors in the current climate. Investors are increasingly buying gold and silver while selling gilts and corporate bonds. There appears to be less demand for equities (especially  growth stocks), property and alternative investments. For the first time, as many investors reported buying ‘gold & silver’ as buying ‘equity income’ products.

 

Which asset classes are you considering buying or selling? Buy Jul 11 (%) Sell Jul 11 (%) Net Jul 11 (%) Buy Jan 11 (%) Sell Jan 11 (%) Net Jan 11 (%) Buy Aug 10 (%) Sell Aug 10 (%) Net Aug 10 (%)
Equity growth

40

15

26

55

7

48

51

13

38

Equity income

38

12

26

47

6

41

37

8

29

Alternative investments

22

17

5

29

9

20

17

13

4

Gold and silver

38

10

28

30

11

19

19

10

9

Property

29

25

4

32

15

17

24

24

0

Fixed rate savings bonds

30

23

7

28

17

11

29

26

3

Cash

27

23

4

18

15

3

22

42

-20

Forex

9

18

-9

13

12

1

8

9

-1

Corporate bonds

16

23

-8

16

17

-1

24

12

12

Gilts

10

22

-12

9

18

-9

8

13

-5

 

Investment demand for all sectors has fallen except Pharmaceuticals and Utilities, which have increased. The biggest drops were in Europe, Retail, North America and Financials.

 

Which sectors are you considering buying or selling? Buy Jul 11(%) Sell Jul 11(%) Net Jul 11(%) Buy Jan 11(%) Sell Jan 11(%) Net Jan 11(%) Buy Aug 10(%) Sell Aug 10(%) Net Aug 10(%)
Emerging markets

41

9

32

51

4

47

48.9

5.4

43.5

Natural Resources

41

6

35

45

4

41

31.8

3.9

27.8

Asia

34

8

26

41

4

37

31.7

4

27.7

Commodities

30

11

19

36

6

30

25.3

8.1

17.2

Pharmaceuticals

40

8

33

34

5

29

28.9

6

22.9

Utilities

37

8

29

33

6

27

29.3

7.3

22

Technology & telecoms

29

11

18

33

7

26

23.5

12.8

10.7

Infrastructure

20

12

8

22

8

14

14.7

8.4

6.3

Financials

16

26

-9

23

13

10

30.6

24.6

6

North America

12

23

-11

18

12

6

9.1

22.3

-13.2

Europe

11

31

-19

16

15

1

17

22

-5

Retail

8

32

-23

12

18

-5

11

30

-19

 

dianomi also investigated the preferences of UK investors when it comes to foreign currency. Investors appear very negative on the euro with almost half (48%) describing it as a sell. They also appear negative on the US dollar while very positive on the Swiss franc, Australian dollar and Canadian dollar.

 

Currency Buy Jul 11 (%) Sell Jul 11 (%) Net Jul11 (%) Buy Jan 11 (%) Sell Jan 11 (%) Net Jan 11 (%)
US dollar

23

27

-4

19

12

7

Pound sterling

27

18

9

18

10

8

Euro

9

48

-39

17

20

3

Swiss franc

29

8

20

13

6

7

Australian dollar

26

10

16

11

8

2

Canadian dollar

21

9

12

11

7

4

Japanese yen

19

15

4

6

10

-4

 New Zealand dollar

15

10

5

6

9

-3

 

Cabell de Marcellus, co-founder of dianomi, comments, “As the euro crisis deepens, UK investors appear to be shifting away from the euro and moving to defensive options like gold, silver and the swiss franc. They also appear to be buying pharmaceuticals and utilities and selling European equities, retail, North America, financials and other sectors.”

 

dianomi is setting new standards in customer acquisition services for the financial sector and its mass affluent audience. dianomi’s client list includes blue chip financial services brands including St. James’s Place, Fidelity, CMC Markets, Henderson Global Investors, Hargreaves Lansdown,  Aberdeen Asset Management, Investec and many more.

 

 

dianomi-investorsurvey-H2-2011 (PDF)

 

 

ENDS

Notes to editors

 

Methodology: The survey was conducted by dianomi directly with 1,767 UK investors participating in July 2011

 

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By Julian Barkes at dianomi: [email protected] tel: 020 7802 5530