UK investors more positive than European peers

Investor sentiment among UK investors has risen to its highest level since April 2016, despite ongoing geopolitical uncertainty.

A Lloyds Bank survey indicated that sentiment in the UK has now reached 6.1% – up from about 2.9% last year.

State Street recently revealed a fall of seven points in sentiment among European investors.

Lloyds said despite the recent volatility of sterling, changes to US foreign and trade policy, as well as disunity in Europe, UK investors were positive about investment opportunities.

Gold saw the biggest increase this month with investor sentiment rising to 46%. Sentiment also increased for UK property, commodities, and UK shares.

Over the last year, commodities and Japanese shares saw the biggest increase in investor sentiment, up 24% and 23% respectively.

However, not all asset classes fared as well. Eurozone shares scored the lowest sentiment this month, dropping 34%.

Lloyds surveyed 4,269 investors online from January 31 to February 1.

©2017 funds europe

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