Investor sentiment highest in India among Asian economies

Investor sentiment highest in India among Asian economies

New Delhi: Investor sentiment in India has been the highest among the Asian economies in the July- September period fuelled by domestic market growth, a survey has said.

According to the ‘ING Investor Dashboard Survey´, the India index, which provides market insights into investor attitude and outlook, has risen to 175 for the third quarter of 2010, from 172 in the immediate previous quarter.

The index also allows each market to be benchmarked and tracked against the overall investor sentiment across Asia.

Better sentiment came on the back of improving economy, household and personal financial situation, robust return on investments and confidence in the local stock market, the survey by global financial services group ING said.

It added that Indian investors’ confidence was driven by the strong domestic growth momentum. During the first quarter of 2010-11, all three sectors of GDP - agriculture, services and industry performed well, clocking in growth of 2.8%, 9.7% and 10.3%, respectively.

“India will continue to be an attractive investment destination, on the back of strong domestic investment and consumption demand," ING Investment Management (India) managing director and chief executive Navin Suri said.

The Q3 2009 survey was conducted by an independent research firm, The Nielsen Company, in September 2010 and involved online interviews of 3,755 investors across the 12 markets in Asia Pacific.

India is followed by Philippines with investors’ sentiment at 157, Thailand (154), HongKong (151), Singapore (147) and China (143).

The overall pan-Asia (excluding-Japan) investor sentiment index remained at the higher level of 145 for Q3 of 2010, increased from 136 in the previous quarter (April-June), despite continued signs of a slowdown in the US economy, uncertainty of the Eurozone debt crisis, and threats of a global ‘currency war´.

Looking ahead at the next three months, majority of Indian investors (88%) believed that the economic situation would improve.

Besides, a good 80% of Indian investors plan to increase their exposure in the local stock market in the next quarter.

However, in Q3 2010, investors’ expectations for the forthcoming quarter were somewhat lower than that of Q2 2010, across many key sentiment indicators on concerns of possible hardening of interest rates in the fourth quarter.