Americans Actually Diversify Portfolios: Survey

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- American investors favor diverse portfolios.

In fact, most of them say they actively practice broad diversification of their asset holdings, according to a survey by TheStreet conducted by GfK North America.

Respondents said they invest 17.7% of their portfolio in gold and silver, while being 25% invested in preferred stocks. Many portfolio managers suggest a much smaller weighting in precious metals -- typically at least 1% to as much as 5%. Respondents also said they were 11% invested in international bonds.

When it comes to monitoring the Federal Reserve's policy-making decisions, Americans' forecasts for a rise in interest rates are in-line with central bankers. Some 39% expect the Fed to raise rates after 2014. Currently, 12 voting members of the Federal Open Market Committee expect to raise the federal funds rate in 2015, and two expect it by 2016. About 72% of Americans surveyed say they expect the Fed to raise rates in 2014 or later.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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