The John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index, based on a survey of 1,005 investors by Matthew Greenwald & Associates, fell to 10 in the third quarter, down from 18 in the second quarter. When John Hancock launched the index in the first quarter of this year, the reading was 22. To participate in the survey, respondents needed household income of at least $75,000 and assets of $100,000.

John Hancock noted that the survey was conducted in mid-August, when Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating and the markets became highly volatile.

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