Investors are confident U.S. equity markets will maintain their upward momentum this year, but a majority plan to diversify their portfolios and improve financial performance by investing in metals, currencies, foreign equities and other alternative global investments, EverBank reported Monday.
EverBank’s new survey of 300 individual investors found than 52% were looking outside traditional U.S. equities for performance in 2013.
Of these, 21% were eying investment opportunities in precious metals and another 21% international equities. Seven percent expected currencies to offer the best upside this year, and 3% liked international fixed income.
Fully two-thirds of the survey respondents, interviewed between Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at The World MoneyShow Orlando, said they believed international investment positions had become more important in their portfolios than they had been five years ago.