The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 have had little impact on high-net-worth investors’ optimism about the economy and their confidence in their investments, but more wealthy investors indicated they are considering using a financial advisor following the attacks, according to a new survey.

Sixty-nine percent of those polled in September indicated that their optimism in the nation’s economy remains relatively high vs. 68% of those polled in June. And despite the market volatility that followed Sept. 11, 77% of high-net-worth investors said they will keep their existing investment portfolio, up from 65% in June.

However, the attacks appear to have created a desire for investment advice. In June, more than half of those polled said they did not see an increased need to seek the advice of a professional adviser. After Sept. 11, 24% of respondents said they said they are more likely to rely on an adviser, rising from just 16% in June. Still, one-third indicated they would use their own knowledge and feelings to make their investment decisions.

The survey, commissioned by the Phoenix Companies of Hartford, Conn., and conducted by Harris Interactive of Rochester N.Y., is based upon the results of 1,000 online interviews with members households with a net worth of $1 million or more. The first survey was conducted in June and then a follow up survey was administered at the end of September.

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