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CAQ Survey Shows Slow Return of Investor Confidence

Tammy Whitehouse | October 10, 2014

Slowly but surely, investors are starting to show a little more confidence in investing in U.S. capital markets, and in auditors and audit committees to watch out for their interests.

The annual “Main Street Investor Survey” says 80 percent of retail investors expressed confidence in U.S. public companies this year, only a slight increase from the 79 percent last year but the highest level ever recorded since the Center for Audit Quality began conducting the survey in 2007. As for confidence in capital markets in general, 73 percent of investors said they have at least some confidence, up from 69 percent in 2013.

The survey asked investors which players in the capital markets are most effective in looking out for investor interests, and independent auditors won the most praise with...

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