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Last week we asked our readers what they consider to be the best long-term investment, and here is what they said: Of the 2,377 people who voted by 7:15 a.m. (Central) on Sunday, July 24, 70% view stocks or mutual funds as the best long-term investment. Real estate came in a distant...

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the S&P 500 rising to new record highs. Responses varied, as did the reasons given for those responses. About one out of three respondents (34%) either think the recent rally will not...

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The further ascent by the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 index into record territory did not translate into higher optimism among individual investors. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows bullish sentiment—as well as neutral sentiment—declining, and bearish...

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“If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.” We have all heard some variation on this theme. Like so many aspects of our lives, this maxim holds true for financial planning. For many Americans, the state of their personal finances is a major source of stress. Last week...

Special Question

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how the recently set new record low for Treasury yields is affecting their short-term outlook for stocks. Nearly four out of 10 respondents (37%) said that the new lows are not altering their outlook for stocks....

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Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is at a level not seen in over four months, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Meanwhile, neutral sentiment and bearish sentiment both declined. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock...

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors are most influencing their six-month outlook for stocks. The top two factors were the U.S. presidential election (listed by 45% of respondents) and global economic uncertainty (named by 39%). More than...

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Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is near a three-month high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism pulled back for a third consecutive week, while neutral sentiment rebounded. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...

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Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what, if any, allocation changes they expect to make during the second half of this year. One out of three respondents (33%) intend to increase their equity exposure. Several of these respondents said...

Asset Allocation

Individual investors boosted their exposure to equities while reducing their fixed-income and cash allocations last month, according to the June AAII Asset Allocation Survey. The majority of the results were recorded prior to the Brexit vote. Stock and stock fund allocations rose...