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UBS to launch European version of U.S. Index of Investor Optimism

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UBS is launching a European version of its monthly U.S. Index of Investor Optimism. The index, called "Index of Investor Optimism - EU 5", will poll the sentiment of individual investors in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. Developed as a joint venture with the Gallup Organisation, it will be the first survey of European investor sentiment.

Although the index will officially launch on January 28, 2002, results from a pilot survey conducted last October show that individual investors in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK are more optimistic about their personal finances than about the European economic climate.

On the whole, European investors are divided about whether now is a good time to invest in the financial markets. Respondents who were positive about investing totalled 46 percent, compared to 49 percent who were negative. In the U.S., investors were more optimistic, as 73 percent of them believed that October was a good time to invest in the markets.

European investors were also optimistic about the introduction of the Euro this coming January, with 54 percent positive about its potential effects on the European economy, compared with 25 percent who expressed pessimism and 20 percent who were neutral.

The U.S. 'Index of Investor Optimism', which tracks the investor outlook on a monthly basis across personal and economic dimensions, is now in its sixth year.

Index of Investor Optimism

London, 5 December 2001