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Investors Anticipate Highs And Lows In 2013: Higher Taxes, Lower Unemployment, Among Others

Finding #3: Washington has a role in encouraging investors to re-engage with the markets

Fifteen percent of investors surveyed say they are trading less today, and they are largely looking to Washington for reasons to re-engage. Their top five improvement indicators include:

  1. Federal spending (43%)
  2. The economy (41%)
  3. Political gridlock in Washington (35%)
  4. The markets in general (31%)
  5. The nation’s tax code (30%)

“Investors are growing more optimistic about the future of the U.S. economy, but they’re also looking to our nation’s leaders for a credible long-term plan to ensure that this recovery continues to gain momentum,” said Tom Bradley, president of retail distribution for TD Ameritrade, Inc., a broker-dealer subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation. “Our clients are turning to us more than ever for guidance and help as a result of the uncertainty in the environment. In fact, referrals to guidance-based products and advice channels are at all-time highs.”

The TD Ameritrade Quarterly Investor Sentiment Survey measures the opinions of retail investors on news and issues relevant to today’s markets. For information on how retail investors are actually behaving in this environment, check out the Investor Movement IndexSM (IMX), a proprietary, behavior-based index created by TD Ameritrade that measures and aggregates the historical trading activities of TD Ameritrade clients and lends insight into how bullish, bearish or neutral they may be about the market.

The TD Ameritrade Newsroom includes a deep wide selection of past research studies capturing the pulse of retail investors and independent registered investment advisors on topics ranging from retirement and young money, to taxes and general market sentiment. For the latest news and information about TD Ameritrade, follow the company on Twitter, @TDAmeritradePR.


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