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Survey : Romanian investors, worried by the national economy state

Romanian investors worry about inflation and the state of the national economy, but they manifest an important interest for crypto assets, according to the most recent survey of eToro Retail Investor Beat, about the preferences of the individual investors.

According to it, the Romanian investors are interested in the local shares, but they trade foreign shares as well, such as those in S&P 500 and DJIA (Down Jones Industrial Average) which include many companies operating at global level and offer familiar brands to the consumers. 29% of the investors stated that they own international shares, a little under the figure of those who said they have BVB shares (35%). Although they are interested in shares, according to the searches on Google, the Romanian investors are more interested in crypto assets.

The eToro Retail Investor Beat survey, made in the third quarter of this year in 12 countries, showed that 51% of the Romanian investors interviewed own such assets. This represents a growth of 5% against the 46% in the last quarter. It is more than double against the average of investors in the 12 countries included in the survey, which is 24%. With the 51% of the investors, Romania is first in the ranking regarding the number of investors with cyptoassets in their wallets, followed by Poland with 37% and the Czech Republic with 31% of the investors.

Coming back to S&P 500, the feeling of the Romanian investors is mainly positive, 31% of them considering that in the next 12 months the indicator will grow between 6 and 15% while 3% of the investors are very optimistic that it will go up to over 15%. At the other end, only 14% of the interviewed Romanians think that S&P 500 will suffer a correction of up to 15% and 5% are very pessimistic, considering that the indicator will fall with over 15%.

The press release mentions that the Romanian investors intend to reduce their investments in domestic shares (from 35% to 31%), foreign shares (from 29% to 27%) but to increase their investments in goods from 15% at present to 21% in the next 12 months, despite the fact that they are mainly optimistic as regards the future perspective of the markets. Few (2%) intend to diminish investments in crypto assets.

As regards the sums to be invested, 28% of the Romanian investors interviewed stated they will invest more in the next 12 months, while 33% will invest less, and 38% will invest approximately the same sum. One of the reasons could be the fact that the majority of the investors – 58% worry a correction of the domestic market, for the next year.

The survey eToro Retail Investor Beat asked 6,000 individual investors from 12 countries, including Romania, about their habits connected to investments and about the feeling for the markets. Individual investors were defined as being independent or advised, with a least one product of investments and not necessary users of eToro.

The research was made by Opinium between 17th and 30th September 2021, on a sample of 6,000 individual investors of 12 countries – 500 in every country: the UK, the US, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic.