Over 4 in 10 Respondents Dissatisfied With Federal Reserve Communications


This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion about how clearly the Federal Reserve is communicating its monetary policy intentions. More than four out of every 10 respondents (44%) are not satisfied with the Fed’s communication about monetary policy. These respondents described it as being unclear, poor, inconsistent or needing improvement.  Not all individual investors feel this way. Approximately 31% of respondents say the Fed is being clear or is doing a good job of communicating its intentions for monetary policy.

Here is a sampling of the responses:

  • “Not very, at least as far as the timing of the increase goes.”
  • “I don’t feel that they are clearly communicating.”
  •  “The Fed appears uncertain as to when they will raise interest rates and I think that is very transparent of them.”
  • “The Fed is doing a good with job communicating monetary policy.”
  • “Sometimes I think the Federal Reserve’s communications are in a state of flux.”

Want to weigh in? Take the survey yourself and see results online at http://www.aaii.com/sentimentsurvey.

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