AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Jumps to a Three-Month High

The proportion of individual investors who anticipate a decline in stock prices is at a three-month high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism, conversely, fell sharply after having reached an eight-month high last week. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, plunged 15.1 percentage points to 30.6%….

 

Majority of Investors Currently in Favor of Interest Rate Hikes

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion on the Federal Reserve’s ongoing course of raising interest rates. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) think the Fed is doing the right thing by raising rates. The overwhelming majority of these respondents favor gradual rate hikes. Others in this group of respondents believe…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Jumps to an Eight-Month High

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at its highest level in eight months according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Both neutral and bearish sentiment pulled back below their historical averages. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, jumped 9.4 percentage points…

 

Majority of Investors’ Allocations Unaffected by Trade Policy

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members if trade policy has affected their allocations. More than three-fifths of all respondents (63%) say trade policy has not altered how they allocate their portfolios. Several of these respondents say they expect disputes to be resolved, while many others describe themselves as long-term investors. A…

 

September AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Four-Month High for Exposure to Equities

Individual investors’ exposure to equities reached a four-month high last month. The September AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows declines in fixed-income and cash allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations rose 1.4 percentage points to 69.9%. This is the highest level since May 2018 (70.0%). September was the 66th consecutive month with equity allocations above…

 

Investors Split on Accuracy of Current Market Sentiment

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the overall sentiment being reflected in the market among both institutional and individual investors. Responses were mixed. Almost 28% of respondents agree with the current level of optimism or otherwise describe sentiment as bullish. Economic growth, earnings growth and the tax cuts…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Rises But Stays Below Average

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rose but remains below average. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows declines in neutral and bearish sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose 4.2 percentage points to 36.2%. Even with the increase, optimism remains…

 

Two out of Five Investors Believe Volatility Levels Will Rise

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the stock market’s return to a relatively low state of volatility. Responses were mixed. (The S&P 500 index has gone approximately 50 days without closing up or down by 1% or more.) Nearly two out of five respondents (37%) do not think…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Expectations Largely Unchanged

Individual investors’ expectations for the short-term direction of the stock market are largely unchanged from a week ago. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows a slight increase in neutral sentiment and a slight decrease in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, held steady at 32.0%. The historical…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Drops to a Six-Week Low

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market fell to its lowest level in six weeks. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a strong rise in pessimism and a rebound in neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, plunged 10.1 percentage points…