The latest investor sentiment levels turned in mixed readings for the week. The AAII reported a decline in bullish investors from last week’s extreme reading of 45% to 35.4%. Neutral sentiment jumped to 35% while bearish expectations actually climed to 29.9%.
Charles Rotblut of AAII says this displays a level of cautious optimism:
“The numbers show that individual investors remain cautiously optimistic. While they are happy to see the major stock indexes reach new highs for the year, individual investors continue to keep an eye on their short-term profits. I do think the the slow pace of the market’s upward move over the past several days combined with the below average volume has not gone unnoticed.”
The Investor’s Intelligence poll, on the other hand, showed another jump in bullishness as 46% of financial advisers are now bullish. This was up from last week’s reading. Although bullish, it is not quite at the levels that preceded the January/February sell-off when bullishness jumped to 52%.
Mr. Roche is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Discipline Funds.Discipline Funds is a low fee financial advisory firm with a focus on helping people be more disciplined with their finances.
He is also the author of Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Understand About Money and Finance, Understanding the Modern Monetary System and Understanding Modern Portfolio Construction.