Although the State Street Investor Confidence Index is still below 100, indicating institutional investors’ appetite for equities and other risky assets is neutral, the index jumped significantly by 6.7 points to a reading of 96.7 in October -- underscoring marked and continued improvement in institutional investors’ outlook.

The gains in the global index originated in North America and Europe, with the North American Investor Confidence Index increasing 6.6 points to 91.7, and the European Investor Confidence Index gaining 3.4 points to 99.3.

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