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Washington Gridlock Clouds Wealthy Outlook On Economy, PNC Survey Finds
Nearly half (48 percent) of those surveyed in the immediate aftermath of the near U.S. default in mid-October said they were less optimistic about the U.S. economy than they were before the highly contentious stalemate.
Three quarters (76 percent) said that governing by crisis must change because "the government simply cannot continue to operate this way." Only four percent responded that "things are going to get better."
In addition, 62 percent believe the events of the last few weeks will negatively impact the economy in both the short and longer terms.
However, despite the gridlock, 52 percent say they will not change the way they invest in the next six months, while 47 percent say they will be more cautious.
"We consistently advise our clients to add equity exposure when uncertainty is high and to reduce exposure when confidence is extremely high," said
Prior to the government shutdown PNC's survey results showed that wealthy investors' outlook was mostly on the rise, with 32 percent saying they were "very or somewhat optimistic" about the state of the U.S. economy-- an improvement from 28 percent the previous year and from 10 percent two years ago.
Despite continuing sluggishness in the economy, strong market performance has contributed to a healthy increase in net worth. More than two-thirds (68 percent) said that their net worth has increased by 20 percent or more in the last five years, up from 52 percent in 2012, while 12 percent said their wealth increased by 50 percent or more.
- Unhealthy Outlook: Two-thirds (67 percent) are at least somewhat worried about healthcare costs over their lifetime and 43 percent are concerned that healthcare costs will continue to increase and not be affordable.
- Where the money goes: Three industry sectors perceived by affluent investors as offering the greatest opportunities for gain over the coming year: technology was chosen by 59 percent, followed by healthcare with 50 percent, energy/utilities rank third with 42 percent and financials at 32 percent, up from 22 percent a year ago.
- Moves in 2014: More than half (53 percent) report that they will keep their exposure to stocks the same as 2013, with four in 10 (39 percent) saying they will invest more in stocks in 2014.
An online media kit containing survey highlights and background information are available on PNC's website at http://www.pnc.com/pncpresskits.
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