Investors in 401(k) accounts may be on the verge of losing patience with flat equity markets, becoming increasingly pessimistic about their financial outlook and shifting assets in their retirement portfolios to stabler vehicles, according to a survey conducted by Principal Financial Group.

The quarterly survey, known as the Principal Financial Well-Being Index, prompted the company to call for an increase in financial advice, urging advisors to remind their clients that investing is a long-term proposition.

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