ong-term investors stayed true to their investing style during the latter half of 2001, at least according to a survey from ShareBuilder
. The report contends that 73% of long-term investors stayed the course for those six months.
The long-term investor was less likely to grow more conservative during this period as well. 19% of long-term investors became more conservative as opposed to 29% of the general investing population.
Meanwhile, 18% of this group actually increased their investments last year, while only a 11% of overall investors did. This goes hand-in-hand with the survey's findings that long-term investors tend to believe the stock market will improve in the next six months: 56% versus 39%.
"We at ShareBuilder see a strong need to gauge the perceptions and behavioral trends of long-term investors who make up the fastest-growing segment of investors," stated Jeff Seely
, president and ceo of ShareBuilder. "We were bolstered to learn that even in this highly challenging economic climate, long-term investors have been disciplined in their investment approach and are optimistic about market performance and the power of creating wealth over time."
The report was conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres
. 1,300 people were surveyed from January 28 to February 1, 2002. 500 respondents were ShareBuilder customers, while 803 were both on- and offline investors.
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