State Street Corporation

State Street Corporation

August 23, 2005 10:00 ET

Investor Confidence Index Rises to 84.8 in August

BOSTON--(CCNMatthews - Aug 23, 2005) -

State Street Global Markets, the investment research and trading arm of State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), released today the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index® for August 2005.

According to the August index, investor confidence increased by 2 points from July's revised reading of 82.8.

Developed by Harvard University professor Ken Froot and Paul O'Connell of State Street Associates, the research unit of State Street Global Markets, the index measures investor confidence on a quantitative basis, analyzing actual buying and selling patterns of institutional investors. The index is based on the financial theory that assigns precise meaning to changes in investor risk sentiment, or the willingness of investors to hold proportionally more or less of their portfolio in higher-risk investments.

"Institutional investors have been willing to add to the risk of their portfolios over the last month, as U.S. longer term interest rates continue to show resilience to short term rate increases by the Federal Reserve," commented O'Connell. "Nevertheless, this increase is muted; confidence remains at relatively low levels, and investors clearly have reservations about becoming too extended."

"While U.S. investors were adding to their portfolio wide risks, this month's big increase in risk appetite comes from European investors," added Froot. "Europeans seemed to have been unusually pessimistic in the last few months, and now have begun adding to risky positions broadly across their portfolios. However, this doesn't change the fact that Europeans exhibit a level of confidence that remains substantially below that of Asian and North American institutional investors."

Since its launch in September of 2003, the State Street Investor Confidence Index® has become a key economic indicator for asset owners, investment managers and central banks. As the only index providing a quantitative measure tracking the common buying patterns of institutional investors around the world, the State Street Investor Confidence Index® offers a unique look into the investment behavior and decisions of thousands of professional investors and their investment decisions.

About State Street Global Markets:

State Street Global Markets provides specialized investment research and trading in foreign exchange, equities, fixed income and derivatives. Its goal is to enhance and preserve portfolio values for asset managers and asset owners. From its unique position at the crossroads of the global markets, it creates and unlocks value for its clients with original flow-based research, innovative portfolio strategies, trade process optimization, and global connectivity across multiple asset classes and markets.

About State Street Associates:

Founded in 1999 in Cambridge, Mass., State Street Associates develops portfolio and flow research, currency management, asset allocation services and designs strategy tools to support the needs of global portfolio managers.

About the State Street Investor Confidence Index®:

The index is released globally at 10 a.m. Eastern time in Boston on the second to last Tuesday of each month. More information on the State Street Investor Confidence Index, and the calendar of release dates, is available at The previous month's calculations for the index are revised to account for trading activity through the end of the reporting period.

About State Street:

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) is the world's leading specialist in providing institutional investors with investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading. With $9.6 trillion in assets under custody and $1.4 trillion in assets under management (as of June 30, 2005), State Street operates in 25 countries and more than 100 geographic markets worldwide. For more information, visit State Street's web site at

This news announcement contains forward-looking statements as defined by United States securities laws, including statements about the financial outlook and business environment. Those statements are based on current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including those related to the pace at which State Street adds new clients or at which existing clients use additional services, the value of global and regional financial markets, the pace of cross-border investment activity, changes in interest rates, the pace of worldwide economic growth and rates of inflation, the extent of volatility in currency markets, consolidations among clients and competitors, State Street's business mix, the dynamics of markets State Street serves, and State Street's success at integrating and converting acquisitions into its business. Other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by any forward-looking statements are set forth in State Street's 2004 annual report and subsequent SEC filings. State Street encourages investors to read the corporation's annual report, particularly the section on factors that may affect financial results, and its subsequent SEC filings for additional information with respect to any forward-looking statements and prior to making any investment decision. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, August 23, 2005, and the company will not undertake efforts to revise those forward-looking statements to reflect events after this date.


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