The PNC-CivicScience Investor Sentiment Index (“ISI”) is a “living,” survey-based measurement of U.S. adults’ current attitudes and expectations related to the U.S. financial markets, investment climate, and market outlook. The primary goal of the ISI is to monitor changes in consumer and investor attitudes, to better anticipate investment trends, market movements, and overall U.S. economic health.
A Snippet of Our Latest Reading:
The PNC-CivicScience Investor Sentiment Index (ISI) strengthened for the second month in a row in November 2017, reflective of greater optimism than was measured through the summer months. As measured by the poll, investor confidence had softened since early in the year through the month of September. However, in the last two months, there has been a sharp reversal higher and sentiment has reverted to near the levels where we began the year.
Sentiment, which had been on a downward trend after starting the year strong, staged a rebound beginning in October. The ISI rose to 51.7 in November, up from 51.3 in October. The November sentiment read is just slightly below the high readings for the year, noted in January and March, both at 51.8. The stronger readings through the fall are in line with broader market views and optimism in the economy, ongoing legislation on tax reform, and strong financial markets.
To check out the full November reading, click here.