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Poll: 2011 is year of the bullish

Investors are entering 2011 in a relatively bullish mood, raising equity holdings to a 10-month high, increasing exposure to high-yield credit and cutting back on government debt, Reuters polls showed Wednesday.

Investors are entering 2011 in a relatively bullish mood, raising equity holdings to a 10-month high, increasing exposure to high-yield credit and cutting back on government debt, Reuters polls showed Wednesday.

Within bond portfolios, however, concern about the cost of U.S. Treasuries and the stability of euro zone debt did not show up dramatically.

Allocations to emerging market debt were cut instead.

Surveys of 55 leading global investment houses showed investors holding 54.1 percent of a typical mixed-asset portfolio in stocks in December.

A combination of improving economic data and a belief in future, robust, corporate earnings has lifted investor appetite for equities over the past few months. The MSCI all-country world stock index was flirting Wednesday with levels last seen in September 2008.

 
 
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