An entire generation of investors (about 10-15 years) can eschew equities for other asset classes, like commodities and real estate. We saw a similar event post 1929 crash. But the pros are the ones driving markets. Our internal measures have found they are a little on the bullish side, but yet excessively so.
This recent CNBC survey does imply that, in general, fund managers and strategists are quite bullish.
Stock Market: 80% of those surveyed see the Dow around 14,000 or higher at the end of the year. 72% see the S&P 500 around 1550 or higher at year end. In terms of geographic investment opportunities in 2007 - those surveyed are most bullish on the U.S. market for 2007 - the U.S. & Japan in 2008. Liquidity is the strongest factor influencing the stock market right now. Rising interest rates and Congress (Taxes, other legislation) are viewed as the two biggest threats to the stock market's rally.
It's interesting that this group is the most bullish on U.S. market for 2007, even though it has lagged (and is still lagging) for years. Although, it's arguable exactly how bullish a 50 point Dow move is (heh).
What is so odd is that 79% say the Fed's next move will be to cut interest rates -- but at the same time 90% see U.S. GDP growth holding between 1-3% for balance of year. Makes you wonder what exactly would be the the cause of these rate cuts.
CNBC's Trillion Dollar Survey: Most See Stock Rally Continuing
CNBC.com ¦ 16 Jul 2007 ¦ 03:12 PM ET