- Sticking with stocks and ETFs -- For active traders planning to invest in equities, 77% say they plan to purchase individual stocks while 72% say they'll buy ETFs. One-quarter plan to trade options.
- Go tech - One-quarter of traders said they are bullish on the technology sector, up from just 16% in April. Other in-favor sectors were healthcare (17%), energy (15%) and financials (13%).
- Toss to the option -- 28% of survey respondents said they currently trade options while 11% say they plan to start trading options in the next 12 months.
- Working vacation -- 39% of active traders expect to keep an eye on their portfolio during a summer vacation but won't trade much, while a nearly equal number (38%) said they would be trading during their summer break.
By Hal M. Bundrick NEW YORK ( MainStreet)--Market volatility may be taming active traders, who admit they are growing a bit cautious in their outlook for the remainder of the year. Nearly 38% of traders polled for the Active Trader Sentiment Survey by Charles Schwab say they are bullish on stocks over the next three to six months - but that's down significantly from 52% in March. Based on survey responses, most active traders believe they have done only an average - or slightly better - job of managing the markets as 75% said they would rate their portfolio performance with a "B" or "C" grade. A meager 4% would give themselves a grade of "A" for year-to-date returns. While over half (54%) believe that equities remain attractive, 37% are unsure if now is a good time to invest.