Gold and Commodities Considered Best Investment for 2013

What do you plan to invest in this year? MPO Research Group asked respondents what will be the best investments in 2013 and found that opinion is mixed.

Washington, DC, February 07, 2013 --( What do you think is the best investment this year? MPO Research Group asked respondents to predict which investments will yield the best returns in 2013 and found that opinion is divided. Gold and commodities earn the most support as the best investment this year: 27.8% of respondents choose this option. Cash is also popular, selected as the best investment by 23.4% of respondents. Real estate is preferred by 21.3% of respondents and stocks by 20.2%. Bonds are the least popular investment, preferred by only 7.3% of respondents.

Approval of Obama

Investment decisions appear to be tied in with approval of the president’s job performance. Those who approve of the presidents job are more likely to support more volatile investments like stocks (30.4% compared to 11.8% who disapprove) and real estate (26% compared to 17.2% who disapprove). Those who disapprove of the president’s job performance are more likely to support investments like cash (28.6% compared to 17.2% of those who approve) and gold and commodities (39.1% compared to 14% of those who approve).

Personal Financial Situation

Respondents who are most optimistic about their personal financial situation tend to also think that stocks are going to be the best investment this year: 32.3% of respondents who expect their financial situation to improve significantly, and 27.3% who expect it to improve modestly, think that stocks are the best option. Only 12.3% of those who expect a significant decline, and 13.6% expecting a modest decline, support stocks.

Expectations for gold and commodities show an inverse relationship with expectations for one’s personal financial future. 51.9% of those who expect a significant decline in their personal finances expect that gold and commodities will be a good investment this year. 33.1% of those expecting a modest decline also feel positively about gold and commodities, compared to only 17.3% of those expecting a modest improvement and 19.4% of those expecting a significant improvement.

Age, Gender and Ethnicity

Political opinions and optimism have a stronger correlation to investment preferences than demographic markers. Across age groups, genders and ethnicities, there are no major differences regarding investment preferences.

Surveys are conducted by MPO from a national panel of over 5,000 randomly selected individuals in the United States, accurately reflecting all backgrounds in terms of age, education, ethnicity, gender and political affiliation. MPO is a self-funded, independent and non-partisan research and news organization. News stories from its monthly research surveys can be found on

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