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How America will be investing in 2022

The US is in on cash and out on NFTs.

Cash is the top investment option for people in the US, with 33.7% of those surveyed saying they think cash will be the best performing investment in 2022, according to a survey of 2,012 Internet users.
While cash may be king in 2022 for those surveyed, property is also a popular option (20.6%), as is stocks, shares or ETFs (17.7%).

How are the sexes investing?

Cash is the most popular investment option for both sexes. 30.2% of men and 37% of women say cash will outperform other asset classes in 2022. However, women are next most bullish on property (22%) while men are backing the equities (21%).

How investing preferences differ by age

Cash is the asset class that people across the spectrum of age think will perform the best in 2022 and is the top investment choice for people of all ages.

Cash is king around the globe: 24.5% think cash will reign supreme in 2022

As far as the most popular investment option globally goes cash is king, with 24.5% of those surveyed around the globe saying it's the safest investment option in 2022. Nowhere was cash a more popular investment choice than in the US, where 33.7% of Internet users surveyed said thought cash is a solid investment this year.

Respondents were also bullish on property, with roughly 22.6% saying it's best to put your money into bricks and mortar this year. Those most likely to be investing in property are in France, where 43.5% of those users surveyed believe property is a decent bet for 2022.

Rounding out the top three most popular investment options are stocks, shares or ETFs with 17.2% thinking they will see the greatest returns in the coming 12 months. The country most likely to be throwing its money into the stock market is Japan (44.3%).

The least popular investment option in 2022 are NFTs, with just 5.9% globally thinking they're a safe bet. However, at least 14.2% in Hong Kong think NFTs are worth the risk.

Methodology

Finder used Google Survey to poll 39,573 Internet users across 26 countries. Due to the varying Google infrastructure in each territory, not all surveys were nationally representative. Where a nationally representative sample was unavailable, a natural fall/convenience sample was used. For these, Google didn't use stratified sampling but did apply weights to the survey results if the demographics of the survey respondents didn't vary too far from demographics data. The details of Google's survey methodology can be found here.
  • Argentina: A convenience sample of 1,208
  • Australia: A convenience sample of 1,002
  • Austria: A convenience sample of 1,207
  • Brazil: A representative sample 2,001
  • Canada: A convenience sample of 1,200
  • Chile: A convenience sample of 1,225
  • Colombia: A convenience sample of 1,507
  • France: A convenience sample of 1,503
  • Germany: A representative sample of 2,002
  • Hong Kong: A convenience sample of 1,005
  • India: A convenience sample of 2,511
  • Ireland: A convenience sample of 1,223
  • Italy: A convenience sample of 1,501
  • Japan: A representative sample of 2,001
  • Mexico: A representative sample of 2,001
  • New Zealand: A convenience sample of 1,001
  • Singapore: A convenience sample of 1,136
  • South Africa: A convenience sample of 1,204
  • Spain: A representative sample of 1,501
  • Sweden: A convenience sample of 1,204
  • Switzerland: A convenience sample of 1,202
  • The Netherlands: A convenience sample of 1,201
  • The Philippines: A convenience sample of 2,008
  • Turkey: A convenience sample of 2,006
  • United Kingdom: A representative sample of 2,001
  • United States: A convenience sample of 2,012
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