Global traders look to US for investment opportunities, survey reveals

27 January 2011

Traders across the world are looking to the US for investment opportunities as confidence in its economic outlook increases, a new survey has revealed.

A study by Bloomberg, which questioned 1,000 investors, showed that over 35 per cent of respondents saw the US as the best country to invest their funds in.

The European Union was seen as the worst market for returns by 40 per cent of traders in the survey.

Over 40 per cent of investors said they are now seeing more opportunities to generate income from global markets as a whole, which is the highest proportion since Bloomberg began conducting the poll in July 2009.

Iris Yao, a trader for Nomura Securities Co. in Tokyo, told the news provider: “Given that Europe is still haunted by its sovereign debt problem and some emerging markets could face high inflation and depreciation of their currencies, dollar assets would offer relatively promising returns with low foreign-exchange risk.”

Further findings from the report revealed that over half of investors thought that the health of the US economy is improving.

Nearly half of those questioned said they see the global economy as improving - the highest percentage to have a positive outlook since Bloomberg began the report.

By Jim Ottewill

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