W&AM Insights: Economic sentiment improved from year-end 2018 among Mass and HNW investors

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK  – January 2019 Measurement

Following a sharp decline in December, the W&AM Economic Optimism trend line bounced back somewhat. January optimism increased 5 percentage points among the Mass Affluent and 6 points among HNW investors, measuring in at 60% among both groups.

INVESTING OUTLOOK –January 2019 Measurement

The W&AM Investment Optimism trend line was consistent at 29% in January among HNW households. Investment optimism improved 2 percentage points to 31% among the Mass Affluent.

PERSPECTIVE

Despite the government shutdown, talks of a possible trade deal with China along with monetary policy plans of not raising interest rates gave consumers a general sense of optimism over economic conditions and the investment climate.

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