Members Unconcerned By Index Concentration


This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how concerned they are about the performance of the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ being driven by a relatively small number of stocks. About 40% of respondents said they are not concerned. Some said they are more focused on other issues and other respondents said they invest for the long term. Slightly more than 22% said they are very concerned with several of these respondents viewing it as a bad sign for the markets. An additional 8% described themselves as being concerned and 5% said they are somewhat concerned.

Here is a sampling of the responses:

  • “It shows that these indexes are not representative of the market.”
  • “Not at all. I worry about specific stocks, not indexes.”
  • “No concern, I dollar-cost average no matter what the market is doing.”
  • “It’s a concern and will contribute to volatility over the next three to six months.”
  • “This is a major reason why I am bearish over the next few months.”

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