eToro inaugurated the cyclical The Pulse of Individual Investor report, which is based on a survey of 6,000 retail investors in 12 countries. This report shows that rising costs of goods and services noticeably affect investors' portfolios. Traditional methods of hedging finances against inflation, such as real estate, are a popular choice (22 percent of respondents), and 40 percent of respondents believe that precious metals such as gold are the best proposition from the raw materials market for the next 12 months. However, the majority of the respondents' investment portfolios consisted of stocks (62 percent), bonds (39 percent), and cash (28 percent).
While globally 25 percent of all surveyed individual investors invested in cryptocurrencies, the demand for them was the highest in Poland and amounted to 44 percent. Globally, investors in the 18-34 age group most often placed their funds in cryptocurrencies. As many as 46 percent of them claim that their portfolio contained these assets.
Polish investors are most concerned about inflation – 55 percent of those polled are worried about it, while globally it is 38 percent. Inflation worries investors from the US (51 percent) and Germany (48 percent) to a lesser extent than we do. Globally, men (42 percent) perceive rising inflation as a greater threat than women (34 percent), but both sexes are equally concerned about the risks posed by the state of the global economy to their investments.