Confidence among UK investors continues to rise with the vast majority looking to maintain or increase the amount they invest and save during 2014, according to research by Schroders.
The fund manager also said more than two-fifths are planning to invest any disposable income this year. The popularity of equities over bonds continues, with UK equities the favoured pick for 43% of those polled.
Its Global Investment Trends Report 2014, which polled more than 15,000 investors across 23 countries, found almost two-thirds (64%) of UK respondents were more confident about investment opportunities this year compared to 2013, when the number was just 41%.
If found more than nine-in-ten (91%) UK investors are looking to maintain or increase the amount they invest and save this year and more than two-fifths (44%) polled are planning to invest any disposable income, while 17% will deposit it in a savings account.
However, it found, only one-in-ten (9%) will pay off debts and a quarter were looking to spend disposable cash on a luxury purchase. Schroders said this pointed to a possible explanation of why the UK is experiencing a consumer-led recovery.
The study found 67% of investors would put money into equities, with UK equities being the most popular at 43%.
Some 13% of UK investors were keen to invest in property and 10% said they would look to property funds. Bonds were less popular with just 11% favouring the asset class.
Schroders said the increased equity appetite appeared to reflect a move positive long-term economic outlook despite recent volatility.
Head of UK intermediary Robin Stoakley (pictured) said as investor confidence improves seeking financial advice was important.
He explained: "There are real signs of investor confidence emerging in the UK and it appears that people are taking a more global view as they seek to capitalise on the improving economic environment.
"However, as investor confidence improves they should seek professional guidance in order to ensure they have a well balanced mix of investments."
Stoakley added: "Encouragingly, our report shows that once investors have paid monthly bills, a key priority is to invest with the majority of investors choosing to do so for their retirement. Indeed, almost two-thirds of the investors polled stated retirement as their main reason for saving.
"We welcome this as in the future Britons will have to become more independent in their retirement."
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