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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion of the current pace of economic growth. More than one out of four respondents (26%) described growth as slow or below average. An additional 14% described growth as sluggish and/or poor. About...

The percentage of investors describing themselves as bullish pulled back to a five-week low in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, neutral sentiment rose to a five-week high. Pessimism rose as well. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over...

A few weeks back we asked our readers where they thought the S&P 500 would end up in 2017, with the majority (74%) believing the index would end the year in the green. This week we broadened our answer and moved beyond investing. AAII Weekly Survey Question Last week as we...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought will most influence the direction of stock prices in 2017. More than a third of all respondents (37%) said the policies instituted by the Trump administration and the legislation passed by the Republican-controlled...

Optimism among individual investors is starting 2017 at a six-week high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The rise in optimism comes as both neutral and bearish sentiment declined modestly. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how their allocations as of December 2016 compared to what they expected their allocations would look like at the start of the year. Nearly 37% of respondents said their allocations were similar to what...

Bonds and bond funds accounted for the lowest percentage of individual investors’ portfolios in 17 months, according to the December AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Cash allocations rose last month, while equity allocations were barely changed. Stock and stock fund allocations...

Happy New Year! We have closed the books on 2016 and look out on the unwritten expanse of 2017. This time of year, it is customary for various news outlets to make predictions for the new year or ask its readers or followers what they think the new year has in store. Here at AAII...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big of a percentage gain or loss the S&P 500 will realize in 2017. Just under three out of five respondents (59%) expect the large-cap index to post a gain next year. Slightly less than half anticipate...

(Special note: I am out of the office this week. On behalf of everyone at AAII, have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.) Optimism among individual investors is ending 2016 on a high note. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows bullish sentiment rising to a five-week high....