A new report from Charles Schwab finds the firm’s retail clients more confident in decision making and better off financially in the first half of this year than they were in 2015 and 2016. Many think it’s a good time to invest.
“Our retail clients are increasingly optimistic and have spent the first half of the year expanding their exposure to the market,” Charles Schwab’s head of investor services Terri Kallsen said in a statement.
“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.”
Thirty-three percent of retail clients surveyed said the Trump administration’s performance was their top concern, and 18% thought the market was overdue for a correction.
At the same time, the vast majority of respondents expressed at least some confidence that they would reach their financial goals, with 40% saying they were very or extremely confident.
The findings were based on an online internal survey conducted in June by Koski Research of 988 retail clients with at least $2,000 in statement equity.
Schwab retail clients overall were net buyers during the first half, with a buy/sell ratio of 1.12. Millionaire clients had a ratio of 1.18, millennials 1.09 and active traders 1.04.