Investors across the nation with at least $100,000 in the markets told Morgan Stanley in a recent poll that they’re optimistic 2014 will bring gains, but those in the New York area, including Fairfield County, expressed more fear and caution.
Among about 3,000 respondents to the poll, by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, “86 percent expect their investment portfolios to be ‘better’ or ‘the same’ at year-end, and 84 percent believe their financial well-being will be the same or better,” the company said.
The poll was taken during the fourth quarter of 2013, a bellwether year for stocks, before the declines of 2014.
Investors in the tri-state area were more concerned than those nationally about their families’ financial security, their ability to retire, having enough money for emergencies and market volatility. That makes sense, said Joseph Matthews, branch manager and first vice president at the Fairfield office of Morgan Stanley.
There is some familiarity bias associated with living in the tri-state area,” he said. “The people polled are more familiar with Wall Street.”
So, regardless of whether they actually anticipated the downturn that could become a full-on correction at the start of 2014, it’s less of a surprise to them, presumably.
As for types of stocks that might look good in 2014, technology firms led the way in the nation, at 79 percent, and in the tri-state area, at 72 percent, followed by energy, biotech and pharmaceuticals in slightly varying orders for the nation and the region. But other than pharmaceuticals, the sectors most prominent in the New York region, and especially in Connecticut, didn’t fare as well: finance, aerospace and insurance.
“The majority of investors nationwide said they were not knowledgeable alternative investments such as hedge funds, commodities and real estate although Tri-State region investors were more knowledgeable than other areas,” Morgan Stanley said in a written release.
The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points in the nation and 6.7 percentage points in the region.