09/11 Attacks Top Investment-Related Stories of 2001: AIMR

December 21, 2001 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The terrorist attacks on America wiped out all other significant investment-related stories in 2001, with the global economic downturn a coming in at second, according to a new survey of members of the Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR).

These were the key findings of a recent electronic survey of almost  6,000 of AIMR’s U.S. members, who are financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisors and other investment professionals.

Among the survey’s findings:

The September 11 terrorist attacks were ranked as the most influential event of the year coming in at 74% with the global economic downturn at second with 48 percent%.

Next year respondents said the biggest news stories would mostly likely be the U.S. economy with 80% of the votes. The war on terrorism was second with 53% and the non-U.S. economy was third with 37% of the votes.

The survey also asked respondents to choose which market sector will be the most significant in 2002. They voted the technology and communications sector into first place at 38%, the consumer goods sector was second with 20% and the retailing sector was third with 10%.

-Nicole Halsey     editors@plansponsor.com

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