Monex Global Retail Investor Survey

For 2020- High Expectations for U.S. Stocks Among Retail Investors

U.S. most likely to see stock price appreciation

PLANTATION, Fla., Dec. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — TradeStation, a Monex Group company and award-winning* broker-dealer, today announced the results of the twenty-seventh Monex Global Retail Investor Survey. The survey, which measures customer sentiment based upon answers to specific questions from a random sampling of customers of Monex, Inc., TradeStation Securities, Inc., and Monex Boom Securities (H.K.) Limited revealed high expectations for U.S. stocks among retail investors in Japan, the U.S., and Hong Kong, respectively.

Retail investors in all three regions indicated a belief that the U.S. is the region with the greatest likelihood of stock price appreciation in the coming three months.

“Despite fears of a U.S. recession, the U.S. economy is holding up well, with recently announced economic indicators signaling a healthy outlook,” said John Bartleman, President of TradeStation Group, Inc. “Meanwhile, stock markets are also surging to new record highs. These two factors appear to be increasing expectations for U.S. stocks.”

Other key findings reveal:

  • Investments in cryptocurrency by retail investors reached historic levels in Japan at 13.1 percent, the highest percentage recorded since the question was introduced in 2017.
  • Interest in cryptocurrency investments also saw an increase in Hong Kong, while the percentage fell among retail investors in the U.S.
  • The forecast Diffusion Index (DI) for the world stock markets rose in Japan and the U.S., but fell sharply by 12 percentage points for retail investors in China.

About the Survey
The Monex Global Retail Investor Survey, covering retail clients in Japan, Hong Kong, and the U.S., was launched in June 2011 to gauge client sentiment surrounding market conditions. The twenty-seventh edition surveyed 1,131 respondents from Monex, Inc., TradeStation Securities, Inc., and Monex Boom Securities (H.K.) Limited between late November and early December 2019. The full report is available here.





About Monex Group, Inc.
Monex Group, Inc., listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange (security code: 8698), has grown to become a major online financial institution that operates retail online brokerages in Japan, the U.S., China (including Hong Kong) and Australia. In addition, Monex offers business services in international forex, asset management, investor education and M&A advisory.
Monex Group aims to create a new type of financial group for a new era. At its core, Monex will offer crypto asset banking operations and online brokerage services that link the world’s financial markets by bringing together Coincheck’s cryptocurrency trading, storage and payment capabilities with the expertise and technology of our online brokerage operations in Japan, the U.S., China and Australia.