Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment Survey Results

Traders Respond to Top Questions

The Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment Survey consists of data collected between September 6th and September 16th, 2022. 

Results Infographic of the Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment Survey

Trader Information

A significant majority of the traders within the community have been trading for more than five years (54.11%). Over three-fourths (76.03%) have been trading at least two years while almost 10% are new traders just getting started within the last six months. 

Over one-third (36.3%) of respondents spend between one and three hours per day trading while only 12.33% spend more than half the day actively trading. It is interesting to note that over 40% of traders spend less than one hour per day at their trading desks.  

Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment Survey How much time do you spend trading every day.

Many of the traders within the community (37.41%) have taken online courses to improve their trading skills while almost a third have been self taught. There were a wide variety of other methods of training (19.73%), including mentoring, job training, hard knocks, and in-person seminars to name a few.  

Q4 2022 How did you learn to trade graph

Live webinars and training sessions are the most popular way for traders to increase their knowledge with almost two-thirds of respondents preferring that format. On-demand courses (43.84%) and YouTube (30.14%) complete the top three. Other responses not listed in the original survey include emails from sources such as Market Taker Mentoring, books, and trading platforms.  

Q4 2022 trader sentiment survey learning strategies and tools

Within the community of the survey over 80% of respondents spend more than one hour per week and 40% spend three or more hours per week improving their craft as a trader. Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment Survey - weekly time spent improving craft as a trader.

Almost two thirds (65.52%) of the traders surveyed participate in trading as a source of income with 39.31% investing for retirement. Many of the participants enjoy the mental challenge of trading  (46.21%) and the thrill of winning trades (18.62%).

Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment-Why Do you Trade

The survey respondents overwhelmingly include options trading (90.34%) among the assets they trade. Stocks (82.76%) and ETFs (57.93%) round out the top three asset classes traded by this community. Many respondents also indicated that they trade Futures.Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment-what assets do you trade graph

There is a wide range of variability within the trader community in regards to account size. The data show that traders can participate with less than $1,000 in their account and over $1 million. In the survey 9% of respondents have account balances over $1 million. The most survey responses came from traders with balances between $50k and $100k.  Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment-account size chart


During the current market conditions it is interesting to see that 1 in 5 trader accounts have decreased between 5% and 10% over the last quarter while about the same number have had almost no change in their account balances. Within the survey population 44.44% of respondents have lost money while 36.12% have had their balances increase. 

Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment-last quarter performance chart

The trader community is overwhelmingly positive, even in the current market. Almost 80% (79.99% to be exact) believe that their account balances are going to increase over the next quarter while 12.41% expect their balances to remain about the same. Only 7.59% have a negative outlook and believe that their account balances will decrease in Q4. 

Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment Next Quarter Results Chart

Market Predictions

The trader community is relatively evenly split on the final close of the S&P 500. Roughly 40% of respondents have a bullish outlook and believe it is likely the S&P 500 will close at or above 4,000. Of the respondents, 22.6% were noncommittal in the direction of the S&P 500 and close to 37% of those who responded have a bearish outlook on the S&P 500’s end-of-year closing. 


Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment-S&P 500 Prediction

When it comes to the end-of-year closing of the NDX at or above 12,000 there was a virtual split between the bulls (33.34%) and bears (34.03%) with about a third of respondents not having an inclination one way or the other. 

Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment-NDX Prediction

Over 75% of the respondents favored four investments for high growth. The leading investment, with 24.48%, was TSLA. The second most chosen investment was AAPL with 20.98% of respondents thinking it would have the highest percentage gain in Q4. Rounding out the top five were XOM (18.88%), AMZN (11.19%), and MSFT (7.69%).

Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment-ETF and Stock growth

For the traders in the community with more than 5 years of experience the percentages were TSLA (28%), AAPL (20%), XOM (22.67%), AMZN (8%), and MSFT (5.33%). 

When looking at the sectors provided by CNBC there is overwhelming support for the Energy sector as being the biggest gainer in Q4 2022 with 40%. With roughly half that support is the Technology sector (21.38%). Rounding out the top 5 are Consumer Staples (10.34%), Consumer Discretionary (6.21%), and Health (6.21%). Industrials and Communication Services came in at the lowest confidence with 1.38% each.  

Q4 2002 Trader Sentiment-Sector Performance

When it comes to unemployment rates for the December report 59.58% of the community is expecting 3.5% to 4.5% unemployment to end the year [3.5% (19.15% of respondents), 4.0% (26.24%), and 4.5% (4.18%)].

The consensus among over 57.15% of respondents is that the Q4 GDP will be between 0% and -2%. A final GDP result of -1% was the most popular answer with 15.04% of the responses.  

When it comes to the price of oil, there was quite a bit of variability in what the community thinks Q4 will bring. Over 17% of respondents believe that oil will be at the $90 price per barrel on December 31st. There were no other significant responses (over 10%) on the price of oil on December 31st. The next most popular response was $85/barrel at 8.15% support. 

When asked what the biggest challenge of Q4 will be, over one-third (35.37%) believe that inflation will be the biggest challenge traders will face. Fewer but still a significant number of respondents (19.73%) believe that recession will be the biggest challenge. Global events rounded out the top three challenges at 15.65%.

Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment-Biggest Challenges

Tools of the Traders

Among the traders who participated in the survey TD Ameritrade’s ThinkorSwim platform came in as the favorite with 38% of the respondents preferring that platform. Other highly preferred brokerages were Fidelity Investments (18%), Interactive Brokers (10%), Charles Schwab (7%), E*Trade (6%), and Tastyworks (3%).

Respondents were also asked to rate their brokerage on a 5-star rating scale. The chart below highlights the responses for the five most popular brokerages. 

Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment Broker Rating


There is a wide variety of tools being used by traders. Many traders use a combination of tools to help them in their quest for trading success. It’s also common for traders to use the tools within their brokerage account. Some of the most popular tools from the survey are StockCharts (32%), TradingView (28%), and NinjaTrader (7%).  

Overall, traders are satisfied with the trading tools available to them with an average rating of 3.91 out of 5. Over 70% of traders rate the tools they use four or five stars, while a smaller percentage, 7%, believe there is a lot of room for improvement, rating their tools a 1 or 2 out of 5.  

Trader Survey Demographics

The majority of traders in the survey are over 55 years old (68%) with very few traders in the under 45 population (15%). The 45 to 54 age group is about 11% of the trader population.  

Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment-Age

An overwhelming majority of traders are male (88%).  Q4 2022 Trader Sentiment-Gender

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