Investor confidence held steady in the fourth quarter of 2012 despite widespread economic and political concerns, according to the John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index, which scored 18, up one point from 17 in the third quarter.

Almost half of the 1,127 investors polled (48%) said it is a good time to invest in equities, with one in five seeing blue-chip stocks as having the most potential. Their outlook for bonds was mixed, with 27% saying it is a good time to invest in fixed income securities and 30% saying it is a bad time.

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