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Investor optimism hit an annual low in August, and has steadily declined since January, according to the latest UBS/Gallup index, released today. The Index of Investor Optimism dropped two points since July to 53 in August, and has fallen 40 points since January. The index is based on a monthly survey and had a baseline score of 124 when it was established in October 1996. "One key issue of growing concern to investors is the residential real estate market," UBS announced today. About 44 percent of respondents rate conditions in the real estate market as "only fair," and 12 percent rated real estate conditions as "poor," up from a combined 46 percent who rated the market as "only fair" or "poor" in June and July. About 70 percent of investors believe that conditions in the real estate ma...