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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what influence fourth-quarter earnings had on their outlook for stock prices. The majority of respondents fell into one of two groups. Slightly more than two out of five respondents (43%) said fourth-quarter earnings...

Pessimism rebounded to a six-week high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, though it continues to remain below average. Both optimism and neutral sentiment declined. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, pulled back by 3.6 percentage...

The IRS issued updates to tax reform rules that affect a few figures reported in our Tax Guide (December 2017 AAII Journal) and Tax Guide Update (March 2018 AAII Journal). Health Savings Accounts Contributions to a Health Savings Account (HSA) cannot exceed $6,850 for a family high-deductible...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how the possibility of a change in foreign trade policy is impacting their expectations of how stocks will perform. Responses were mixed. Just under two out five respondents (39%) expressed concerns about the new...

The percentage of individual investors who expect stock prices to fall plunged to its second-lowest level of the year in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, neutral sentiment stayed at an unusually high level. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members to share their thoughts about the current duration of the bull market, which will mark its ninth anniversary tomorrow. Responses varied. Slightly less than two out of five respondents (38%) believe the bull market...

The percentage of individual investors describing their outlook for stocks as “neutral” rose to its highest level in nearly two years. At the same time, optimism is at its lowest level in more than six months according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Bullish sentiment,...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how the stock market’s record highs influenced their portfolio allocations. We posted the question just before February’s correction started and did not change it after the correction occurred. More than...

Cash allocations among individual investors rose to a four-month high last month. The February AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows declines in equity and bond allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations declined for a second consecutive month, falling 1.1 percentage points...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how, if at all, this year’s increase in interest rates is influencing their sentiment toward stocks. Nearly three out of five respondents (58%) said the rising rates are not having any impact. Some of these respondents...