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NAAIM Exposure Index

The NAAIM Exposure Index represents the average exposure to US Equity markets reported by our members.

The green line shows the close of the S&P 500 Total Return Index on the survey date. The blue line depicts a two-week moving average of the NAAIM managers’ responses. 

It is important to recognize that the NAAIM Exposure Index is not predictive in nature and is of little value in attempting to determine what the stock market will do in the future. The primary goal of most active managers is to manage the risk/reward relationship of the stock market and to stay in tune with what the market is doing at any given time. As the name indicates, the NAAIM Exposure Index provides insight into the actual adjustments active risk managers have made to client accounts over the past two weeks.

ANNOUNCEMENT: A user of our data recently reported a deviation from expected metrics in our database, and upon investigation we found that a revision in our calculation method was called for.  We believe that although there are have been nominal changes made in the data going back to its 2006 inception, the progression of change in adviser sentiment, which is what the NAAIM Exposure Index was designed to present, is accurately reflected in both the old and new data.  We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused.

This week’s NAAIM Exposure Index number is:

Last Quarter Average

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Date NAAIM Number Mean/Average Bearish Quart1 Quart2 Quart3 Bullish Deviation
02/14/2018 65.43 -100 47.00 85.00 98.50 200 55.52
02/07/2018 75.90 0 53.75 82.00 100.00 200 44.02
01/31/2018 84.93 -100 74.50 98.75 100.00 200 53.07
01/24/2018 95.38 0 95.00 100.00 100.00 175 29.33
01/17/2018 86.34 0 80.00 96.88 100.00 133 27.71
01/10/2018 88.88 0 87.00 95.00 100.00 133 25.40
01/03/2018 90.40 0 89.75 100.00 100.00 134 25.36
12/27/2017 96.29 0 87.00 100.00 100.00 200 34.64
12/20/2017 101.85 55 85.00 95.00 100.00 200 36.62
12/13/2017 120.56 75 95.00 100.00 130.00 200 44.56

NAAIM member firms who are active money managers are asked each week to provide a number which represents their overall equity exposure at the market close on a specific day of the week, currently Wednesdays. Responses can vary widely as indicated below. Responses are tallied and averaged to provide the average long (or short) position or all NAAIM managers, as a group.

Range of Responses:

200% Leveraged Short
100% Fully Short
0% (100% Cash or Hedged to Market Neutral)
100% Fully Invested
200% Leveraged Long

Data collection issues that may affect the statistical significance of this data include:

Use of a single, composite number for each adviser may not accurately represent the market view of a manager who has short term and long term strategies that are providing conflicting signals or a manager who uses both contra-trend and trend following strategies for different portfolios.

Investment Styles very widely among managers participating in this survey. They may include managers that trade very frequently and can switch long and short positions daily. Other managers stay fully invested at all times and only change allocations among market segments or sectors. Still others trade around core positions and only a portion of their portfolios change, but that portion could potentially go from long to short very quickly.

Sample size: Although the number of participating managers, known as NAAIM Trend Setters, is steadily growing the sample size is not large and therefore may be less reflective of actual market conditions.

NAAIM publishes this data for use in tracking only and reserves the right to the use and trademarks of the NAAIM Exposure Index and its underlying data. Express permission must be sought from NAAIM for use of this data for commercial purposes.