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US Trust Study - How HNW clients are investing: Bullish, despite uncertainty
Searching for silver linings
Many investors say they are nervous about the direction of this year’s financial markets, causing them to favor lower risk profiles, according to the annual U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth survey.

The nation's ultrawealthy 1%, however, are more optimistic about returns in 2016, the study suggests. They keep their liquid positions high for opportunistic purposes, whether it's buying in a down market or on a rising trend.

Click through our slideshow and learn more about the investing characteristics and nuances of the very rich.
US Trust Study - How HNW clients are investing: The young are more bullish
Pessimism grows with age
Among all asset classes, baby boomers and older investors gravitate toward tangible assets most.
US Trust Study - How HNW clients are investing: Mitigating risk
HNW investors seek balanced, risk-managed growth
Six in 10 HNW respondents say it's more important to reduce their risk even if it means lower returns. This disciplined, risk-managed approach to investing has been followed by HNW individuals fairly consistently over the past five years, according to the study.
US Trust Study - How HNW clients are investing: Wealth preservation trumps creation
Asset protection overtakes growth as priority
In light of recent market turbulence, it is unsurprising that HNW clients are shifting their priorities toward wealth protection as a higher investment priority than growth. This is the first time such a pronounced shift has occurred since 2012, the study suggests.
US Trust Study - How HNW clients are investing: Eyes on the future
Near-term opportunities gain importance
Wealthy clients stay focused on their future financial security, lifestyle in retirement, legacy planning and generational wealth transfer.
US Trust Study - How HNW clients are investing: where the wealthy make their wealth
Basic approach yields greatest returns
A vast majority of HNW investors made the bulk of their investment gains through traditional stocks and bonds, as well as long-term buy and hold strategies.
US Trust Study - How HNW clients are investing: Young prefer sophisticated strategies
Alternative, non-correlated strategies driven by millennial and Gen X investors.
Almost half of HNW investors own tangible assets such as land, investment real estate, timber and farmland.
US Trust Study - How HNW clients are investing: Large cash postitions
Liquidity is key
Nearly six in 10 HNW investors keep more than 10% of their investment portfolio in cash positions.
US Trust Study - How HNW clients are investing: seeking for better yields
High cash positions do not necessarily mean conservatism
Contrary to popular belief, HNW clients are not keeping cash because they are uncertain of the markets. In fact, they prefer to hold cash so they are ready to jump on investing opportunities during rising or falling markets, the study says.