Nearly three quarters (76%) of HNWIs are planning to increase contributions to their investment portfolios in the first half of 2016, according to a new global survey by deVere Group.

The survey, which was conducted in January 2016, included a sample of 767 people who had investable finance assets of £1m or more from countries including the UK, the US, Australia, the UAE, Qatar, Hong Kong, South Africa and Switzerland.

According to the survey, three quarters of HNWIs answered ‘yes’ when asked whether they intend to invest more in the first six months of 2016.

However, 14% the clients responded that they had no intention to invest more, while the remaining 10% were not sure.

The survey revealed that clients are separating themselves from the preservation approach by expanding their investment portfolios, the correct attitude to risk management, backed up by decades of financial market data.

Commenting on the findings deVere Group founder and CEO Nigel Green said: "The results of this poll clearly show high-net-worth individuals now have a strong appetite to use the cash that they have held in reserve to top up and diversify their investment portfolios.

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Green added that the study overwhelmingly establishes that individuals are aware of the opportunities to buy high quality equities at the prices they want to pay.

"They are seeing more favourable choices to boost their portfolios for the longer-term. Capitalising like this on the attractive long-term performance of stock markets is a time-honoured way that investors can successfully build wealth.

"But our poll suggests that high-net-worth investors believe that it is close to the bottom and that there are major buying opportunities.

"It would appear that many high-net-worth individuals kept their powder dry during 2015, as the markets rose then fell and as we braced ourselves for the first Fed rate hike in almost a decade," he added.