The Resource Investing News survey showed a fundamental change in what investors are interested in putting their money into. Since 2009, interest in copper stocks has risen by 28 percent. Remarkably, over the past year, when copper's rally stalled, there was still an 11 percent gain in interest.
By Leia Toovey - Exclusive to Copper Investing NewsResource Investing News recently conducted an investor survey, the fourth of its kind in just under two years. The goal of the survey was to gauge investor interest and sentiment when it comes to investing in the resources. According to the results, investors are still interested in resources and see the potential for financial gain in this sector. Of particular interest to the survey respondents are investment opportunities in gold, base metals, potash and phosphate, and energy. While survey respondents see potential in the resource sector, the recent global economic unraveling has left many unnerved. When asked what is the biggest risk to resource investors common responses included the government, American and Eurozone debt burdens, and the possibility of a slowdown in China. The survey showed a fundamental change in what investors are interested in putting their money into. Since 2009, interest in copper stocks has risen by 28 percent. Remarkably, over the past year, when copper's rally stalled, there was still an 11 percent gain in interest. Historically, copper has lagged behind other commodities, particularly silver and gold, in terms of investor interest. However, this trend is changing, with interest in the copper market as a whole growing. Of the concerns voiced by respondents, the one most applicable to copper is fears that China's growth will slow. China is the world's largest copper consumer, and relies on imports for the majority of its supply. Arguably, China's stockpiling program was the main reason why copper rallied so aggressively after the recession. China purchases copper and uses it both to maintain and build its infrastructure. With the country's recent growth pattern of moving people from rural to urban environments, China's underlying demand for the red metal is strong, despite what hiccups may come along the way.