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Investors feeling better about the global economy


Investor confidence throughout the world is beginning to pick up again as fund managers have increased allocations to equities, real estate and commodities, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Survey of Fund Managers for August.

The survey found that 15 percent of respondents believe the global economy will get better in the upcoming year, which is a swing of 28 percentage points in the past month, the largest change in more than three years.

“August’s surge in confidence seems to be more a triumph of policy projection and potential than positive economic data," said Gary Baker, head of European equities strategy at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. "As indicated by the survey, the risk is now that inaction by policy makers would lead to a negative reaction in global markets.”

BofA Merrill Lynch’s Growth Expectations Composite has grown to 49, which is an increase of 12 points over the past month, indicating more businesses throughout the world have a positive outlook for the upcoming months.

Investors may feel better about allocating their funds in certain accounts, but should be protected with business insurance policies in case an investment turns sour

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