Sentiment indexes gain importance

Analysts said indexes such as the State Street Investor Confidence Index, launched last September by State Street Associates (SSA), a subsidiary of State Street Corporation, could be a useful addition to the components used to make hedging decisions. It combines a model of global investor behaviour with information tracking the common buying patterns of institutional investors globally, and is used to reflect investor appetite for risk.

"With the growth of the hedge fund industry, the links

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