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CAQ releases the 10th Annual Main Street Investor Survey: A Decade of Investor Confidence

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Sep 29, 2016

On September 29, 2016, the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) released the 10th Annual Main Street Investor Survey: A Decade of Investor Confidence. Each year, the Main Street Investor Survey measures retail investor confidence in U.S. capital markets, global capital markets, and audited financial information, as well as confidence in investing in publicly traded companies.

For the 10th edition, the strength of Main Street investor confidence is apparent across the major measures that the CAQ has tracked since 2007. In 2016:

  • 79% of investors express confidence in U.S. capital markets.
  • 81% of investors have confidence in investing in U.S. publicly traded companies, an all-time high in our survey.
  • Three-quarters of investors say they are confident in audited financial information released by publicly held companies.
  • Investors appreciate the key players in the financial system, showing high degrees of confidence in external auditors, independent audit committees, and stock exchanges.

Review the survey on the CAQ's website.

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