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 Stock buybacks have been the topic of discussion lately. Not from an investment strategy perspective, but more so from the perspective of what corporations should be doing with their cash. This is not surprising given the tax cuts, strong corporate earnings and the ongoing...

 This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how important it is to them that the S&P 500 index set a new record high in the short term. Three out of five respondents (60%) say that it is not important. Many of these respondents describe themselves...

 Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market dipped back below its historical average in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment rebounded, while optimism was nearly unchanged. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock...

 Sector Classification Change Could Alter Some ETFs A shift in sector and industry classifications will impact exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds that target the affected industries and sectors. The change could also result in the renaming of some funds in addition...

 AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe whyApogee Enterprises Inc. (APOG) is his “Buy of the Week” for August 14, 2018, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring you...

 Editor’s Note: While this article is from 1989, and some of the mutual fund names have changed or the funds have merged or closed, the concepts of risk assessment still apply. Often, it is all too tempting to evaluate a mutual fund solely based on its rate of return over...

  Real-world returns show that, over the long term, stocks generate the highest returns of any asset class. That is not to say, however, that there are periods where stocks underperform other asset classes such as cash, bonds or real estate. For long-term investors, the majority...

 I’ve long been a fan of stock screens. They filter a database to identify stocks with specific traits. A value screen may identify stocks trading at low price-earnings (P/E) ratios with above-average levels of return on equity (ROE). A growth screen can find stocks that...

 This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about Apple Inc. (AAPL) trading at a $1 trillion market capitalization. We received a variety of responses. Approximately 17% of respondents say “good for them” or something similar, while...

 Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rebounded, but not enough to rise above the historical average. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a further drop in neutral sentiment and a decline in pessimism. Bullish sentiment,...