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E*TRADE Study Reveals Bullish Sentiment Drops Significantly Amid Inflation Fears

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Bullishness decreased for the first time since March 2020

ARLINGTON, Va., October 18, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--E*TRADE Financial Holdings, LLC today announced results from the most recent wave of StreetWise, the E*TRADE quarterly tracking study of experienced investors. Results reveal cracks in investors’ pandemic-era bullishness:

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  • Bullish sentiment dips. For the first time since the onset of the pandemic, bullish sentiment decreased—down 11 percentage points to 54%. And investors are significantly less likely to think the market will end in the green this quarter, down 14 percentage points from last quarter to 58%.

  • Investors are feeling more "Dazed and Confused". Investors chose "Dazed and Confused" as the number one movie title to describe their attitude toward the market, rising 10 percentage points from Q3 and taking the place of "Easy Rider," which ticked down 3 percentage points.

  • Most continue to think volatility will rise. Two out of three (66%) investors think that volatility will rise over the next quarter, up 2 percentage points from last quarter.

  • And inflation concerns loom large. Over half of investors (52%) are most concerned about inflation when it comes to portfolio risks, followed by market volatility (41%).

"Investors are facing several headwinds when it comes to their portfolios, so it’s not too surprising to see bullishness take a big hit," said Mike Loewengart, Managing Director of Investment Strategy at E*TRADE Financial. "Many are questioning if inflation is here to stay, supply constraints have weighed heavily on purchasing power, and slowing growth prospects seem to be more of a reality. But investors should keep in mind that volatility is part of a healthy market and preparing for pullbacks is key."

The survey explored investor views on sector opportunities for the fourth quarter of 2021:

  • Energy. With crude oil prices rising to 7-year highs thanks to high demand from re-openings and supply shortages, the historically volatile sector jumped to the top spot as over two in five investors (44%) see opportunity.

  • Health care. As booster shots come into focus, investor interest in health care remains high, ticking down just 1 percentage point to come in tied for second at 40%. And as growth concerns emerge, investors could be shoring up on defensive names, which are a hallmark of this sector.

  • IT. Even as tech stocks drag, two in five investors (40%) are looking toward this ever-popular sector, but interest still ticked down 5 percentage points from Q3.

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About the Survey

This wave of the survey was conducted from October 8 to October 16 of 2021 among an online US sample of 901 self-directed active investors who manage at least $10,000 in an online brokerage account. The survey has a margin of error of ±3.20 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. It was fielded and administered by Dynata. The panel is broken into thirds of active (trade more than once a week), swing (trade less than once a week but more than once a month), and passive (trade less than once a month). The panel is 60% male and 40% female, with an even distribution across online brokerages, geographic regions, and age bands.

About E*TRADE Financial Holdings, LLC and Important Notices

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The information provided herein is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered investment advice. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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E*TRADE Financial engages Dynata to program, field, and tabulate the study. Dynata provides digital research data and has locations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please go to www.dynata.com.

Referenced Data

When it comes to the current market, are you?

Q2'20

Q3'20

Q4'20

Q1’21

Q2’21

Q3’21

Q4’21

Bullish

38%

51%

52%

57%

61%

65%

54%

Bearish

62%

49%

48%

43%

39%

35%

46%

Where do you predict the market will end this quarter?

Q3'21

Q4'21

Rise

72%

58%

Rise 20%

5%

4%

Rise 15%

10%

10%

Rise 10%

22%

17%

Rise 5%

35%

27%

Stay where it is (0%)

13%

14%

Drop 5%

10%

16%

Drop 10%

4%

10%

Drop 15%

1%

1%

Drop 20%

0%

1%

Drop

15%

28%

If you had to pick a movie title that best describes how you personally feel about the market this quarter, which would it be?

Q3’21

Q4’21

Dazed and Confused

17%

27%

Easy Rider

24%

21%

Singin’ in the Rain

20%

14%

Raging Bull

16%

11%

Pulp Fiction

9%

9%

Jackass

6%

8%

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

5%

5%

Apocalypse Now

4%

5%

Over the next quarter, do you think volatility will...

Q3'21

Q4'21

Top 2 Box

64%

66%

Greatly increase

15%

21%

Somewhat increase

49%

45%

Stay the same

29%

28%

Somewhat increase

7%

5%

Greatly decrease

0%

1%

Which of the following risks are you most concerned about when it comes to your portfolio? (Top four)

Total

Inflation

52%

Market volatility

41%

Coronavirus and other pandemic concerns

38%

Recession

38%

Supply chain constraints

38%

Current presidential administration

31%

Economic weakness abroad

31%

Gridlock in Washington

30%

US trade tensions

28%

Job market

24%

Fed monetary policy

24%

The yield curve

13%

None of these

3%

Other

1%

What industries do you think offer the most potential this quarter? (Top Three)

Q3'21

Q4'21

Energy

37%

44%

Information technology

45%

40%

Health care

41%

40%

Real estate

32%

31%

Financials

29%

28%

Utilities

20%

24%

Consumer staples

21%

23%

Materials

18%

19%

Communication services

22%

19%

Industrials

19%

18%

Consumer discretionary

16%

15%

ETFC

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