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Bay Area investors are upbeat about the prospects for continued growth in the local economy this year, a Morgan Stanley poll found.

Bay Area investors are bullish on the regional economy and plan to increase their holdings in local technology, biotech and pharmaceuticals companies, a survey released today found.

These investors are also more likely than those elsewhere in the country to let personal and political concerns about the environment or inequality drive some of their portfolio, a Morgan Stanley poll of households with more than $100,000 to invest found.

The poll found that 91 percent of so-called high net-worth investors believe that the San Francisco Bay Area economy will continue to gain strength in 2015. Most plan to increase their local holdings. That cycle of reinvestment could make the positive feelings about the economy a so-called virtuous cycle.

“The San Francisco area is on fire right now,” said George Noceti, a Morgan Stanley wealth adviser. “All one has to do is drive in the Silicon Valley or San Francisco and see all of the new buildings.

“There is a spill-over effect. If investors are confident about the future, they are going to put more risk capital out there.”

Tech led local sectors eyed by investors, with nearly 85 percent planning to increase their local tech investment. Nearly 70 percent also have an appetite for increased investment in local biotechnology companies and 60 percent look to expand in the red-hot local real estate market.

And, in what may be good news for gradual growth, many said they are willing to wait for returns from start-ups and other potentially volatile local investments.

“Basically the survey shows that Bay Area high net-wealth investors are optimistic about our local economy and our national economy,” Noceti said. “People are working, and when people are working they are happy.”

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