Bullish Sentiment Bucked Back from Two-Year Low, According to E*TRADE Study

E*TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: ETFC) today announced results
from the most recent wave of StreetWise, the E*TRADE quarterly
tracking study of experienced investors. Results indicate an increase in
positive investor sentiment since last quarter:

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Despite a growing trade war, more than half of surveyed investors believe market performance will end the quarter in positive territory, up 6 percentage points from Q2’18

“Investors today have no shortage of market worries, with geopolitical
tensions, trade escalations, expected rate increases, and a fair dose of
market volatility all contributing to a general uneasiness,” commented
Mike Loewengart, VP of Investment Strategy at E*TRADE Financial. “But in
spite of all of this, it’s encouraging to see investors balance the
negative headlines with the positive data coming from recent economic
reports, suggesting many may be shrugging off the drama in favor of
focusing on economic fundamentals.”

The survey also explored retail investors’ thoughts about potential
investing opportunities for the third quarter of 2018:

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About the Survey

This wave of the survey was conducted from July 1 to July 11 of 2018
among an online US sample of 940 self-directed active investors who
manage at least $10,000 in an online brokerage account. The survey has a
margin of error of ±3.20 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. It
was fielded and administered by Research Now. The panel is broken into
thirds of active (trade more than once a week), swing (trade less than
once a week but more than once a month), and passive (trade less than
once a month). The panel is 60% male and 40% female, with an even
distribution across online brokerages, geographic regions, and age bands.

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About E*TRADE Financial and Important Notices

E*TRADE Financial and its subsidiaries provide financial services
including brokerage and banking products and services to retail
customers. Securities products and services are offered by E*TRADE
Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC). Commodity futures and options on
futures products and services are offered by E*TRADE Futures LLC (Member
NFA). Managed Account Solutions are offered through E*TRADE Capital
Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Bank products and
services are offered by E*TRADE Bank, and RIA custody solutions are
offered by E*TRADE Savings Bank, both of which are national federal
savings banks (Members FDIC). More information is available at www.etrade.com.

The information provided herein is for general informational purposes
only and should not be considered investment advice. Past performance
does not guarantee future results.

E*TRADE Financial, E*TRADE, and the E*TRADE logo are trademarks or
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© 2018 E*TRADE Financial Corporation. All rights reserved.

E*TRADE Financial Corporation and Research Now are separate companies
that are not affiliated. E*TRADE Financial Corporation engages Research
Now to program, field, and tabulate the study. Research Now Group, Inc.
provides digital research data and has locations in the Americas,
Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please
go to www.researchnow.com.

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