Retail Investor Sentiment Increasingly Positive in the First Half of 2017 According to the Latest Schwab Wealth Management Monitor

Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:17 am PDT



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"Our retail clients are increasingly optimistic and have spent the first half of the year expanding their exposure to the market"

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charles Schwab today released its retail client behavior and sentiment report covering the first half of 2017.

Key highlights from the Schwab Wealth Management Monitor include:

  • Schwab retail clients overall were net buyers during the first half of 2017.
  • Average cash allocation across all retail clients decreased slightly to 19.8 percent (from 21.1 percent at the end of 2016).
  • Clients are seeking planning and advice with planning conversations up nine percent year-over-year and number of Schwab retail advisory accounts up 15 percent year-over-year.
  • Client outlook for the U.S. stock market is up, with 42 percent feeling bullish compared to 33 percent in Q2 2016.
  • Fifty-six percent of Schwab clients feel better off financially compared to a year ago – the highest reading since the end of 2014.

“Our retail clients are increasingly optimistic and have spent the first half of the year expanding their exposure to the market,” said Charles Schwab Executive Vice President and head of Investor Services Terri Kallsen. “They have their eyes on Washington and express some concern about the possibility of a market correction, but despite those factors, investor confidence is at a three-year high.”

The Q1/Q2 2017 Schwab Wealth Management Monitor report represents more than seven million retail client accounts and approximately $1.5 trillion in assets.

The full report is available here.

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Findings based on an online internal survey of 988 retail clients with at least $2,000 in statement equity conducted June 5-14, 2017. Data analyzed by Koski Research.

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