Investing in times of Coronavirus
The Coronavirus and Covid-19 are shaking up not only society but also the markets. The economic consequences seem to be grave. For this reason, we have conducted a representative online survey among individuals in the U.S. at short notice. In total, 1,523 online surveys were collected from March 17 to 19.
The results are that currently bank in the money is king. For about one third of respondents this is the preferred investment. Gold comes in second place with 21.3%, followed by real estate with 20.2%.
Only 16.9% of respondents view stocks as the best investment option in the current climate. US treasury bonds and corporate bonds are lagging behind with 6.5% and 1.9%, respectively.
If we compare the results according to the age groups, we find that the preference for gold is highest with the youngest (age 18-24) at 27.1%. However, the people aged 55-64 also have high trust in gold with an investment preference of 26% for gold.
The coronavirus will probably keep us occupied for many months to come and will have a negative impact on the economy. It will be interesting to see how the different asset classes will perform going forward and how the situation will affect future investment preferences.
To see a larger version of our infographic, click here.
The original Google Survey data can be accessed and analysed here.