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Boston Investor sentiment improved, especially in North America, the related sub-index showed, rising 8.1 points to 104.5 points. It rose for Asia by 4.4 points, while the European confidence index rose only moderately.

“Despite the recent global drop in oil prices, European investors remain cautious due to ongoing concerns about the fallout from the conflict in Ukraine,” said Lee Verridge, head of multi-asset strategy at State Street Global Markets. Global investor confidence has improved on hopes that central banks will not have to raise interest rates as much as previously feared as economic data showed signs of slowing. But whether the hoped-for soft landing will occur remains highly uncertain.

The Investor Confidence Index measures investors’ appetite for risk by examining the actual buying and selling behavior of institutional investors. The indicator gives an accurate meaning to changes in investors’ appetite for risk: the higher the percentage spread across individual stocks, the higher the risk appetite or confidence. The score is neutral 100 – this is the level at which investors do not increase or decrease their long-term exposure to risky assets.

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