One day after the Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes edged down to 69.2 in April from 69.5 in March, three investor surveys released Wednesday showed similar results: The State Street Global Investor Confidence Index fell 3.9 points to 87.7 in April from 91.6 in March, while the Spectrem Affluent Investor Confidence Index dropped 3 points in April to 5, and the Spectrem Millionaire Investor Confidence Index dipped two points to 8.
“Affluent investors took a step back in April,” said George H. Walper Jr. (left), president of Spectrem Group, in a press release. “There was a significant decrease this month in the number who invested in stocks, and an increase in the number who chose not to invest. We also saw a downturn in confidence in the economy.”
The Spectrem Affluent Investor Confidence Index measures the investment confidence and outlook of households with $500,000 or more in net worth. The downtick ends seven consecutive months of index gains, according to the research organization, and reflects renewed caution toward the market and doubts that the economic recovery is taking hold.
Affluent investors also expressed increased confidence over last month in their household income and assets, according to the Spectrem Group. They also noted that stock market conditions are the primary factor most affecting their investment plans.
As for the recent drop in the State Street index, declining sentiment among Asian institutional investors was the driving force, as the ICI for that region decreased 7.5 points from 94.5 to 87.0.
“This is the second consecutive month that Asian investors have exhibited a pessimistic streak that is in contrast to their North American and European peers,” commented Kenneth Froot, a professor at Harvard and co-developer of the index, in a press release.