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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion about how clearly the Federal Reserve is communicating its monetary policy intentions. More than four out of every 10 respondents (44%) are not satisfied with the Fed’s communication about monetary...

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The percentage of individual investors expecting stock prices to rise is down for a third consecutive week in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment rose, while pessimism pulled back. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months,...

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The low-interest rate environment of the last several years has forced many investors to seek alternative forms of investment yield beyond traditional fixed-income instruments Faced with that reality, we posed the following question to our readers last week: What is the biggest...

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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. Just under half of all respondents (46%) said oil prices are not influencing their outlook for stocks. Some said the presidential...

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The percentage of individual investors expressing pessimism about the short-term direction of the stock market is at its highest level since February. This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a slight increase in neutral sentiment and a further decline in optimism. Bullish...

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Discipline is a characteristic that many of the world’s greatest investors have in common. Part of that discipline entails being able to stick with your investment strategy, even through periods of underperformance. Jumping from strategy to strategy, in essence, chasing returns...

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the NASDAQ setting a record high record high last week. Responses were mixed. About 21% thought the new record high was a positive event. Another 5% said the record high was expected to...

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Pessimism jumped to a three-month high as more than one out of three individual investors described their short-term outlook as “bearish” in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, neutral sentiment fell to its lowest level since February. Bullish sentiment...

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Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are growing in popularity, as they combine thr best characteristics of both stocks and traditional mutual funds into a singular investment vehicle. Generally speaking, four of the key advantages of ETFs over mutual funds are: Tax-Friendly Investing...

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big of an impact international events are having on their outlook for the U.S. stock market. Nearly two out of three respondents (62%) said that international events are having no or very little impact on...