Overall, U.S. investors are optimistic about the economy, newCerulli research indicates.

However, while there’s more economic optimism in the Northeastand the West Coast, the level of worry about three major economicconcerns—protecting current levels of wealth, planning for retirement, and the cost of healthcare—vary from region to region.

Of course, it’s not all coming up roses for everyone onoptimism; the report says that respondents in the Rocky Mountainregion (44 percent) and the Southwest (44 percent) are most likelyto express pessimistic outlooks. But overall, people are focused onwealth protection, retirement planning and health care costs.

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