Investors Look to Safety When Pulling Money From Stock Market, But Many Unsure of Next Move

Global Atlantic Study Highlights the Need for Professional Investment Advice to Prepare for Changing Markets 


NEW YORK – December 5, 2017 — Nearly three-quarters of U.S investors are concerned about a market correction, yet more than a third said they were unsure what they would do with their savings if they pulled it from the stock market. When asked what they would do if they were to take all their money out of the stock market, 44% of investors said they would go more conservative and purchase interest bearing investments, 35% were unsure what to do, 19% said they would purchase an annuity, 13% would cash out funds and 9% would buy gold (Note: respondents could choose multiple options). 

These are some of the major findings of a Global Atlantic Financial Group national study of U.S. investors 40 years of age and older regarding stock market risk and investments. The study was conducted in 4th quarter 2017 by Ebiquity, a global market analytics firm, among 1,005 U.S. investors with investments in the stock market through stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, 401Ks or IRAs. 

According to the Global Atlantic study, as they get closer to retirement investors value creating a steady stream of income most (39%), followed by protecting the money they have (27%), monetary growth (18%), and having a diversified portfolio (16%). While both men and women valued income and capital protection most, women placed a higher value on both income (43% vs. 34%) and capital protection (30% vs 23%), compared to men. 

“These survey results reinforced our views that investors become more conservative as they approach and enter their retirement years. People closer to retirement tend to place greater value on guaranteed income and allocation strategies that help them lower their exposure to market risk,” said Paula Nelson, President, Retirement at Global Atlantic Financial Group. “Adding annuities to the mix is often an effective way to help achieve these objectives, but not everyone understands the role an annuity can play in their portfolio. With the help of a financial advisor, investors can learn about their options and find a mix of investments to meet their retirement income needs.”

Seventy-four percent (74%) of respondents are concerned about a stock market correction. In fact, fifty-nine percent (59%) of employed investors said that a significant stock market drop would inhibit their ability to retire when they want, while twenty- five (25%) percent of those already in retirement said it would disrupt 

About Global Atlantic

Global Atlantic Financial Group, through its subsidiaries, offers a broad range of retirement, life and reinsurance products designed to help our customers address financial challenges with confidence. A variety of options help Americans customize a strategy to fulfill their protection, accumulation, income, wealth transfer and end-of-life needs.

Global Atlantic was founded at Goldman Sachs in 2004 and separated as an independent company in 2013. Its success is driven by a unique heritage that combines deep product and distribution knowledge with insightful investment and risk management capabilities, alongside a strong financial foundation of over $50 billion in assets.


There are a multitude of different products that may be accessed for retirement income needs. For example, stocks, bonds, ETFs, mutual funds, and variable annuities are securities and have different risk/reward characteristics, liquidity properties and tax consequences, particularly when compared to interest bearing products such as CDs, savings accounts, money market accounts, fixed annuities and fixed index annuities. Certificate of Deposits (CDs) are bank products that are FDIC insured. Money Market funds are securities and are not FDIC insured and although these funds seek to preserve the value of an investment at $1.00 per share, there is no guarantee they will maintain this value.

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