Boston, January 22, 2008 – State Street Global Markets, the investment research and trading arm of State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), today released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index® for January 2008.
Global Investor Confidence rose by 3.0 points from a revised December level of 65.8 to reach 68.8. North American investors were responsible for the bulk of this, as evidenced in the rise in the North American Confidence Index from 65.3 to 71.8, but European investors also contributed with an increase in risk appetite from 85.0 to 86.6. Among Asian investors, confidence retreated slightly from 85.6 to 85.4.
Developed through State Street Global Markets’ research partnership, State Street Associates, by Harvard University professor Ken Froot and State Street Associates Director Paul O’Connell, the State Street Investor Confidence Indexmeasures investor confidence on a quantitative basis by analyzing the actual buying and selling patterns of institutional investors. The index is based on financial theory that assigns precise meaning to changes in investor risk appetite, or the willingness of investors to allocate their portfolios to equities. The more of their portfolio that institutional investors are willing to devote to equities, the greater their risk appetite or confidence.
“After last month’s steep decline, the fourth in a row, this month risk appetite rebounded somewhat among institutional investors,” commented Froot. “Interestingly, this increase occurred against a backdrop of declining market prices, including a decline in US equity markets of 7.75 percent. The numbers indicate that, at these price levels, institutional investors are prepared to provide liquidity to other market participants such as retail investors and the leveraged community.”
“The confidence of institutional investors in both North America and Europe stabilized through the month, in a pattern echoed by US consumer confidence,” added O’Connell. “While institutions continue to be tentative about deploying risk, our underlying data shows that sectors such as healthcare, utilities, consumer staples are benefiting from the improvement in risk appetite, albeit from very low levels.”
About State Street Global Markets:
State Street Global Markets provides specialized investment research and trading in foreign exchange, equities, fixed income and derivatives. Its goal is to enhance and preserve portfolio values for asset managers and asset owners. From its unique position at the crossroads of the global markets, it creates and unlocks value for its clients with original flow-based research, innovative portfolio strategies, trade process optimization, and global connectivity across multiple asset classes and markets.
State Street Global Markets’ research team of leading academic and industry experts is committed to continually advancing the science, including theory and application of its proprietary investor behavior research and innovative portfolio & risk management technologies to help its clients challenge conventional thinking, shape ideas, make more informed investment decisions and deliver measurable results.
About the State Street Investor Confidence Index ®:
The index is released globally at 10 a.m. Eastern time in Boston on the second to last Tuesday of each month. More information on the State Street Investor Confidence Index, including frequently asked questions and a calendar of release dates, is available at http://www.statestreet.com/investorconfidenceindex. The previous month’s calculations for the index are revised to account for trading activity through the end of the reporting period.
About State Street:
State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) is the world's leading provider of financial services to institutional investors including investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading. With $15.3 trillion in assets under custody and $2 trillion in assets under management at December 31, 2007, State Street operates in 26 countries and more than 100 geographic markets worldwide. For more information, visit State Street’s web site at www.statestreet.com.
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