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Politics Affecting Nearly 75% of Surveyed Investors’ Outlooks

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors are most influencing their six-month outlook for stocks. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) cited national politics, particularly President Donald Trump’s polices and what actions Congress may take. Tax reform was mentioned by many (20% of respondents), followed by regulatory reform and uncertainty over what legislation will actually be passed. Just under 23% of all respondents listed the ongoing rally and the prevailing stock valuations, with several of these respondents expressing concerns about the level of valuations or that a drop could be forthcoming. Monetary policy was cited by 8% of all respondents, followed by corporate earnings growth (7%) and investor sentiment (7%). Some respondents listed more than one factor.

Here is a sampling of the responses:

  • “Actions taken by the Trump administration to improve the business climate in the U.S.”
  • “The run-up has been too good for too long. It is time for a correction.”
  • “Optimism, less regulation, lower corporate taxes and better earnings.”
  • “Uncertainty regarding the Trump administration and direction of the country, both domestically and internationally.”
  • “Recent increase in market price in excess of earnings growth.”

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

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