Effervescence Extrapolated

One of the hallmarks of investor sentiment is the tendency to believe things can only get better after they’ve been really good for awhile. This works in reverse as well, which is why Black Swan strategies and an obsession with hedging or market-timing always reach a peak right around the time a market has just put in a bottom.

Natixis surveyed 750 investors with over $200,000 in investable assets. Here’s what these investors had to say about their prospects for the coming year:

While investors may be looking for returns, they are “extraordinarily optimistic about their investment prospects in both the short and long term,” says Natixis. Respondents say they need 10.1 percent return on their investments, and 81 percent of them feel their expectations are realistic.

Fifty-four percent expect their returns this year to be better than 2014.

Stocks will be the best-performing asset class this year, according to 45 percent of the respondents, followed by 17 percent who say cash will be the top performer.

It only took six straight years of stock market gains to get here.


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