Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sentiment And Asset Allocation

The American Association of Individual Investors reports bullish sentiment rose this week to 46.94% from 40.85%. Bearishness declined to 29.59% from 38.03%. As noted in the graph below, the current bullishness is far below the high of 75% that was recorded in 2000.

In March, AAII's asset allocation survey showed investors had reduced their allocation to stocks at a time when the market had corrected. The asset allocation survey reported a nearly 7% reduction in equity exposure with 5% going to cash and 2% going to bond mutual funds. Since that time the S&P 500 Index is up about 50 points or 3.5%.

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sentiment survey and asset allocation survey

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