Since 2007, the AICPA’s Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) has commissioned an annual survey of U.S. individual investors as a part of its efforts to enhance understanding of and confidence in capital markets. Each year the survey measures investor confidence in U.S. capital markets, global capital markets, and audited financial information, as well as confidence in investing in publicly traded companies. The survey also asks about the financial and economic landscape.
This month, the CAQ issue their survey results, titled “Inside the Mind of the Investor.”
Among the report’s key findings:
  • Investor confidence in U.S. capital markets has reached its highest level since 2009. Almost seven out of ten investors indicated they have some, quite a bit, or a great deal of confidence in U.S. capital markets.
  • Confidence in investing in U.S. companies that are publicly traded has spiked to its highest level ever at 79 percent-a jump from 71 percent in 2012.
  • Investor confidence in capital markets outside the United States rebounded back to 2011 levels with a seven percentage point jump to 42 percent.
  • Confidence in audited financial statements released by public companies has held steady at around 72 percent.
  • Asked about who is the most effective in looking out for their interests, investors once again expressed the most confidence in independent auditors, followed by financial advisors and brokers, and independent audit committees.
The survey questions for 2013 gain greater insight into what makes investors tick. What do they care about? Whose investing advice do they value, and what are their financial worries? The results suggest that a more socially conscious and connected generation of investors seems to be emerging. Click here to read more about the survey.

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