The John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index® reflects the percentage of investors who say they believe it is a “good” or “very good” time to invest, minus those who feel the opposite. The first quarter survey was conducted in mid-February of 2015.
“More so than last year, there is a belief that 2015 will be a good year for the average investor, with 81 percent saying so versus 73 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Three-quarters of those surveyed also said they are optimistic that the U.S. economy will be stronger two years from now,” said
Investors are positive on investing in stocks, with 62 percent saying now is a good or very good time to invest in stocks, and they hold similar views on stock mutual funds (59 percent) and balanced mutual funds (61 percent). Compared with last year, a significantly larger share is optimistic about investing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with 41 percent positive on them versus 35 percent in Q1 2014.
Retirement investing is a strong priority, investors indicate. Eighty percent believe now is a good time to contribute to their 401(k) plans and IRAs. Forty five percent are positive on investing in Target Risk and Target Date funds.
Investors appear to be sanguine about the outlook on inflation. One in five think the rate of inflation will be one percent or lower two years from now; only two percent of investors thought so in the first quarter of 2014. Only five percent think the rate of inflation will be four percent or higher in two years.
The future is not without concerns, however. The share of investors greatly concerned about unrest in the
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