The latest Active Trader Sentiment Survey also revealed:
- Embracing Stocks and ETFs. Survey respondents plan to stay in the market in the next three to six months – for those planning to invest in equities, 77 percent say they plan to purchase individual stocks, 72 percent say they’ll buy ETFs and a quarter plan to trade options.
- Tech is Tops. A quarter of respondents say they are most bullish on the technology sector, up from just 16 percent in April. Other sectors viewed favorably include healthcare (17 percent), energy (15 percent) and financials (13 percent).
- Opening Up to Options. Twenty-eight percent of survey respondents say they currently trade options and 11 percent say they plan to start trading options in the next twelve months.
- Summer Break? Active traders are split on how actively they trade during a summer vacation. Thirty-nine percent expect to keep an eye on their portfolio, but won’t trade much; nearly the same number (38 percent) said the ability to trade anytime from anywhere is a must – vacation or not.
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