Boston (Aug. 27, 2003) -- Three years of a sagging economy, rising unemployment and declining stock prices have left consumers more risk averse, focusing more on protecting their assets and families than building wealth, according to a survey of 600 financial decision-makers for John Hancock Financial Services.

When asked their opinions compared to a couple of years ago, 76 percent of financial decision-makers described themselves as more conservative investors and 73 percent said they are less likely to invest in financial products that run the risk of losing money.

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