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E*TRADE Politics & Portfolios Study Reveals Divergent Investor Sentiment between Republicans and Democrats

November 15, 2018

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 15, 2018--E*TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: ETFC) today announced results from its Politics & Portfolios study on voting investor sentiment as a result of the midterm elections:

“Major events like this are a good time to revisit portfolio allocations—determine what level of risk you can live with, and rebalance accordingly,” said Mike Loewengart, VP of Investment Strategy at E*TRADE Financial. “While the outcome of the election returned some certainty to the markets, unknowns still exist at the crossroads of politics and finance, including trade disputes, tax reform, and regulatory action, just to name a few. With many pundits predicting that our historic bull run could be coming to an end, any one of these challenges could rattle the market, which is why it’s more important than ever to be well-diversified and focused on the long term.”

The survey also explored voting investors’ thoughts on sector opportunities as a result of the midterm elections. Despite the divergence in overall sentiment, the results reveal strikingly united opinions on which sectors stand to benefit:

To view an infographic of the findings, visit www.etrade.com/commentary.

E*TRADE aims to enhance the financial independence of traders and investors through a powerful digital offering and professional guidance. To learn more about E*TRADE’s trading and investing platforms and tools, visit etrade.com.

For useful trading and investing insights from E*TRADE, follow the company on Twitter, @ETRADE.

About the Survey

This wave of the survey was conducted from November 7 to November 12 of 2018 among an online US sample of 900 self-directed active voting investors who manage at least $10,000 in an online brokerage account. The survey has a margin of error of ±3.50 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. It was fielded and administered by Research Now. The panel is 47% Republican and 43% Democratic, as well as 40% female and 60% male, with an even distribution across online brokerages, geographic regions, and age bands.

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