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Investors Trapped In Zero-Interest Limbo

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Experts believe the current low interest-rate environment is historically unprecedented. Nevertheless, Germans show little inclination to adapt to the new environment with their own investments.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • According to a Forsa survey, more than three-fourths of all German investors don’t know how or where to invest their money.
    • Investors are apparently unwilling to take risks with most leaving their money in their bank accounts.
    • Many older people hold stocks for the long term and also care about dividends.
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Low interest rates have left many investors at a loss. Source: Getty

In Germany, a country that likes to save money but no longer has an incentive to do so, these are the worst of times. In the current zero-rate environment, more than three-quarters of Germans don’t know how or where to invest, according to a survey by Forsa commissioned by Targobank.

Data from the poll, which was conducted in late November and earlier this month, provides the most up-to-date picture of the uncertain mood of German investors.

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