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Study Reveals Sharp Investor Ambivalence on Future Outlook for Equities

Trump-Bump may be short lived; Opposition to international trade agreements and US protectionism weighs on optimism

NEW YORK, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Rivel Research Group, a global leader in investor market research and analytics, today revealed key findings from its most recent survey of the global buy-side.

Between January and March 2017, Rivel conducted 336 telephone interviews among an internationally representative sample of institutional investors domiciled in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The study reveals the top five biggest risks to the appeal of equity investments today.

Top Five Biggest Risks to Appeal of Equity Investments Today

*Among the global buy-side, March 2017, n=336.



  • Opposition to international trade agreements – 74%
  • US protectionism – 73%
  • Poor economic growth in China – 59%
  • Weakening of the EU economic order – 58%
  • Currency risk – 56%

Compared to a similar study completed just prior to the November 2016 US presidential election, investor confidence that economic conditions will improve over the next six months has more than doubled … rising from 25% of this global group in late October to 51% currently.

An unusually large turnaround over such a short period of time. But at the same moment, investors the world over point out that the biggest risks to the appeal of equity investments today are two Trump-inspired trends: Opposition to international trade agreements and US protectionism. Clearly, uncertainty is the constant companion of these seemingly conflicting results.

“We are pleased and proud to contribute to the greater understanding of investment trends as we embark on one of the most controversial presidencies in modern times,” said Brian Rivel, President of Rivel Research Group. “We will be monitoring the institutional investment community’s views on these matters throughout the course of 2017 and beyond. This study is a useful benchmark against which investor sentiment can be monitored and provides a high-level view to help nuance companies’ investor messaging in uncertain times.”

For more information on the study, please contact Jim Peebles at jpeebles@rivel.com or (203) 803-1772.




About Rivel Research Group
Since 1991, Rivel Research Group has been the global leader in perception studies, research and predictive analytics within the investment community. We help public companies maximize long-term valuation through best practices in investor relations and corporate governance. With more than 600 clients on six continents, our methodology of in-depth interviews, measurements and analysis provide our clients with meaningful and sentiment-changing qualitative and quantitative intelligence. Additional information can be found at http://www.rivel.com.