Since 2007, the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) has commissioned an annual survey of U.S. individual investors as a part of its efforts to enhance under- standing of and confidence in capital markets. Each year the survey measures investor confidence in U.S. capital markets, global capital markets, and audited financial information, as well as confidence in investing in publicly traded companies. The survey also asks about the financial and economic landscape.
This year’s results show that investor confidence in U.S. capital markets has reached its highest level since 2009. Almost seven out of ten (69%) investors indicated they have some, quite a bit, or a great deal of confidence in U.S. capital markets. Additionally, confidence in investing in U.S. com- panies that are publicly traded has spiked to its highest level ever at 79%.