Investor Sentiment Index Holds Steady In 1Q
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Investors remain positive about investing in stocks, with 61 percent saying it is a good or very good time to invest, and in stock mutual funds (56 percent said the same). Bonds and cash continue to be unpopular vehicles, with respectively 36 percent and 61 percent saying it is a bad or very bad time to invest in those.
Retirement investment vehicles are regarded positively by investors, with four out of five saying now is a good time to be putting money in to 401(k) plans (79 percent) and IRAs (77 percent). Half of investors say it is a good time to fund 529 College Savings plans. Optimism has held steady for Target Risk/Lifestyle Funds and for Target Date Funds (with 40 percent of investors saying it is a good or very good time for both).
"A majority of investors believe now is a good time to purchase a home (73 percent), while others say it is a good time to spend money on a big ticket purchase (44 percent), sell a home (42 percent), or spend money on travel or vacations (41 percent)," noted
"Yet while overall investor sentiment has stayed positive, 21 percent of those we surveyed are very concerned about inflation," he added. "Other top concerns are political gridlock in
In assessing the outlook for the capital markets, investors pick blue chip stocks to perform the best in the next six months (27 percent), followed by small cap stocks (17 percent) and emerging markets investments (11 percent). In the survey, investors think the technology sector (56 percent), healthcare (48 percent) or energy (46 percent) are the most likely to provide the best investment opportunity in the next six months.
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