With the Great Recession just a few years behind us, Americans are still spooked by investing, despite the continuing stock market rally, according to a survey by Nationwide Financial, InvestmentNews reported. The survey of potential investors with at least $100,000 in investable assets found that 83 percent fear another financial crisis and 62 percent are scared of investing in the stock market. That is more than the 58 percent who fear death and the 57 percent who fear public speaking. The only common fear that evokes similar distress is skydiving at 81 percent.