Advisors and their clients are near polar opposites when it comes to their economic outlook. While the overwhelming majority of advisors are bullish about 2013, they say their clients aren’t so positive, according to a poll released Thursday by SEI, a provider of investment and fund processing and investment management business outsourcing services.
More than eight in 10 of the 275 advisors surveyed (86%) said they believe the economy will be the same or better in 2013. However, 73% said they believe their clients are apprehensive or fearful about the year ahead, with less than 1% describing their clients’ mindsets as optimistic.
Their views also differed with regard to their financial well-being in 2012 compared to four years ago. Three in four advisors said they are better off than they were four years ago. However, when asked how advisors thought clients would compare their current situation to four years ago, 55% thought their clients would say they are worse off.
“Whether it’s real or perceived, advisors believe their clients have a different perception of the markets than the advisors do,”
Advisors and their clients also had different worries. Nearly one-third (30%) of the advisors identified avoidance of the fiscal cliff as their clients’ top priority, followed by positive financial markets (24%),
Advisors’ views about the fiscal cliff and the nation’s deficit were at odds with their optimistic outlook for 2013. Only 21% believe that
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