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Financial pros see boost for renewables in wake of Japan crisis

Financial professionals see the disaster in Japan leading to more investment into renewable energy, according to the SmartBrief/Ipsos Leadership Index. A survey of 841 financial professionals, which was conducted from March 29 to April 5, found that most believe that renewable energy could get a boost from the disaster in Japan, but are less certain about fossil fuels, or investments coming back to the U.S. The survey found that:

  • 77% say that the disaster will lead to greater investment in renewable energy.
  • 51% say it will lead to greater investment fossil fuels.
  • 24% say international investments will move back to the U.S.

The new SmartBrief/Ipsos Leadership Index was conducted online between March 28 and April 5 among SmartBrief subscribers in the finance, investment, equities, futures, banking, and equipment leasing and financing industries, as well as CFOs and other financial professionals. Surveys of this size have a margin of error of +/-4 percentage points.

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