Investor Update

This week marks the start of what the Stock Trader’s Almanac refers to as the “worst six months” for the stock market. Relative to the “best six months,” stocks historically underperform during the period of May through October. Underperformance, however, should not be...

Special Question

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big of an impact news and data about China is having on their outlook for the U.S. stock market. Almost two-thirds of respondents (64%) said that China is having either no impact or just a small impact. Among...

SentimentSurvey

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is at a three-month low according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism is at a 10-week high, and neutral sentiment is higher as well. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will...

Digest

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Momentum’s Role as a Driver of Stock Prices: This article discusses the research on momentum and its long-term record of performance. Included in this discussion is why momentum is not...

sell

AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why ProAssurance (PRA) is his “Sell of the Week” for May 4, 2016, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring you the information...

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AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why Ford Motor Company (F) is his “Buy of the Week” for May 3, 2016, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring you the...

Special Question

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how they would change their allocation if yields were closer to their historical average. Nearly four out of 10 respondents (38%) said they would increase their fixed-income exposure, particularly by buying...

Asset Allocation

Cash holdings among individual investors are at their lowest level since last summer, according to the April AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Conversely, allocations to equities and fixed-income rose. Stock and stock fund allocations rose 0.8 percentage points, to 64.8%. Equity allocations...

Top 10 Articles

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for April 2016 (based on unique page views): The Top 10 Economic Indicators: What to Watch and Why Everyone wants to keep a pulse on the economy, but no one wants to wade through the massive volume of statistics. A look at the top 10...

Investor Update

A few months ago, I bought a low-volume stock, Oregon-based Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVVI). I had seen the company’s name on a screen of liquor stocks I occasionally run and was prompted to take a closer look when the company sent us a prospectus for a preferred stock offering....