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After experiencing some all-time-low volatility, it appears the U.S. stock market is seeing an uptick in volatility. On July 26, the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, widely considered to be Wall Street’s “fear gauge,” fell to its lowest level on record. Leading...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big of an impact international events and news are having on their outlook for the U.S. stock market. Slightly more than two of out five respondents (41%) said international events and news are having little...

All three indicators in the AAII Sentiment Survey remained close to each other for the second consecutive week. Just 1.4 percentage points separate bullish and bearish sentiment, with neutral sentiment in between the two. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise...

Geographical diversification is the practice of diversifying an investment portfolio across different geographic regions in order to reduce the overall risk and improve returns. There is a good amount of debate about the importance of investing in different regions of the world...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how inflation is influencing their sentiment toward the stock market. Nearly 70% of all respondents said inflation was either having very little or no impact. Many of these respondents described inflation as low...

The percentage of individual investors describing their outlook as “neutral” rebounded modestly in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism pulled back, while pessimism rose slightly. This week’s changes brought the levels of all three indicators close together. Bullish...

Pull up a financial website these days and you probably won’t have to look far for an article discussing the current valuation of the U.S. stock market. As I am writing this blog post, a non-financial website that I frequent has no less than four links to articles about the...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how their sentiment toward the stock market is being influenced by the prospects for tax reform. The majority of respondents (56%) said it’s not influencing their sentiment. Many of these respondents clarified...

Pessimism in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey surged to its highest level since mid-May, as neutral sentiment plunged to nearly a four-month low. Optimism rebounded modestly. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rebounded by 1.7 percentage...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members whether they think they are overweighting or underweighting stocks relative to their age. Nearly three out of every five respondents (59%) said they are overweighting stocks. The higher returns realized by...