Stocks Look Alluring for the Longer Term, say U.S. money managers

Patience in a volatile market like this year’s is a tall order. But it is the recipe for long-term success espoused by institutional investors in Barron’s latest Big Money poll. Big Money respondents are relatively negative about the near-term trajectory for financial markets, but optimistic about opportunities over the longer term, given the most attractive entry points in years for both stocks and bonds.

Our latest survey finds 40% of money managers bullish about the outlook for stocks over the next 12 months, and 30% bearish. The bullish cohort has increased from 33% since the spring edition of the poll, which found a plurality of managers neutral, but the bearish contingent has also grown from 22%. The

S&P 500

index has fallen 14% since the spring poll was published in late April, and is down 23% for the year.