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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how the new record highs set by the major large-cap indexes are influencing their outlook for the stock market. Nearly half of all respondents (47%) say the record highs are having a negative influence. Valuations...

Optimism declined slightly, while pessimism bounced back from a 17-month low last week. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, fell 1.2 percentage points to 40.1%. Optimism was higher last week (41.3%). Despite the slight decline, this...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how, if at all, oil prices are affecting their outlook for the stock market in general. Approximately two-thirds of respondents (65%) said oil prices are having minimal or no impact. Many of these respondents simply...

Optimism surged to its third-highest level of the year in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, pessimism fell to a 17-month low. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, jumped 12.0 percentage points to 41.3%. Optimism...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what impact they expect this summer’s storms will have on the economy. Many of the respondents expect both a short-term negative impact from Harvey’s damage and a long-term positive impact from the rebuilding....

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices pulled back from its five-month high. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a rebound in optimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what they do with their dividend and interest income. Almost three out of five respondents (59%) said they either fully or partially reinvest the income. Some respondents said they set aside some of the cash...

Cash allocations among individual investors rebounded last month after having set a 17-year low in July. The August AAII Asset Allocation survey also shows declines in equity and fixed-income allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations declined by 1.1 percentage points to 66.8%....

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors are affecting their six-month outlook for stocks right now. Nearly six out of 10 respondents (57%) said politics, or something directly related to politics. Nearly one out every five respondents (19%)...

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term outlook for stocks is at its second-highest level of the year. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows higher neutral sentiment and unusually low optimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over...