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October 03, 2013 09:46 ET

BMO Private Bank: Seventy Percent of Indiana's Affluent Say They Are Better Off Today Than Before the Recession

- Sixty percent of high-net worth Indiana residents are optimistic about the economic future of the country

- More than 90 percent are satisfied with their saving and investing strategies

- Technology and health considered most promising sectors in which to invest

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA--(Marketwired - Oct. 3, 2013) - A study released today by BMO Private Bank reveals that Indiana's high-net worth individuals say they have rebounded strongly from the 2008 economic downturn, with 70 percent reporting that they are more financially secure today than they were before September 2008. Additionally, 60 percent of high-net worth Hoosiers feel that the U.S. economy will improve over the next year. The study is the second in a series by BMO Private Bank examining trends among high-net worth individuals (those with investible assets of $1 million or more) in Indiana and across the country.

Other key highlights of the study include:

  • Almost all (93 percent) affluent individuals in Indiana are satisfied with their current saving and investing strategies.
  • They are most confident about the technology (88 percent) and health (80 percent) sectors but least optimistic about agriculture (43 percent) and mining (38 percent).
  • They are much more confident about the manufacturing sector (58 percent) than their counterparts in neighboring Illinois (43 percent).
  • Stocks (70 percent) and real estate (65 percent) are their top investment picks for solid returns over the next five years.
  • The majority of high-net worth Hoosiers are spending more or the same as before the recession on travel and vacations (98 percent), entertainment and leisure (93 percent), and collections and hobbies (88 percent).

"Indiana's affluent are demonstrating to the nation that they are well-grounded and possess a sturdy Midwestern mindset," said Chad Cassinelli, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, BMO Private Bank. "Hoosiers have a tradition of being optimistic in their outlook and practical in their approach. By showing confidence in the economy, they will further strengthen it both at home and across America."

Key National Findings:

On a national level, the study found:

  • Almost two-thirds (61 percent) of high-net worth Americans say they are better off today than they were before the recession.
  • Sixty percent of the nation's affluent are optimistic about what the future holds for the U.S. economy.
  • They are most bullish about the technology (80 percent), health (78 percent) and energy (77 percent) sectors and least optimistic about the prospects for the manufacturing (50 percent), agricultural (46 percent) and mining (43 percent) sectors.
  • They are spending more money or the same amount as before September 2008 in a number of areas, including:
    • Entertainment and leisure activities (86 percent)
    • Travel and vacations (83 percent)
    • Club memberships (81 percent)
    • Collections and hobbies (80 percent)
    • Clothing and accessories (77 percent)

About BMO Private Bank, a Part of BMO Financial Group

BMO Private Bank offers a comprehensive range of wealth management services that include investment advisory, trust, banking and financial planning to meet the financial needs of high net worth clients. Through integrated teams of experienced financial professionals, BMO Private Bank helps its clients realize their financial and lifestyle goals with solutions that are custom tailored and delivered with the highest level of personalized service.

BMO Private Bank is a brand name used in the United States by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. Not all products and services are available in every state and/or location.

The online survey was conducted by Pollara between March 28th and April 11th, 2013 with a sample of 482 American adults who have $1M+ in investable assets (including a sub-sample of 40 Indiana residents). The margin of error for a probability sample of this size is ± 4.5%, 19 times out of 20.

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