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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. Washington politics—including President Donald Trump and the midterm election results—are cited by 30% of respondents. Tariffs, particularly...

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rose, extending its streak of above-average readings. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a drop in optimism and higher neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...

As of the end of September, the S&P 500 had posted a total return of 10.6%, already more than the annual historical average of 10.2% from 1926 through 2017, according to Ibbotson Associates/Morningstar. So perhaps what happened in October shouldn’t have come as much of...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is above average for just the second time in nine weeks. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows slightly lower neutral sentiment and pessimism holding above its historical average despite a decline. Bullish...

Depending on who you ask, the near-record-low interest rates of the last decade have either been a blessing or a curse. If you are a borrower, for things such as mortgages, car loans, credit card debt, etc., the low rates have been good. If you are a saver, however, the low interest...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members if they think they personally are overweighting or underweighting stocks relative to their age. Three-fifths of respondents (60%) describe themselves as being overweight in stocks. Among the reasons given...

Exposure among individual investors to fixed-income assets is at its lowest level in more than a decade. The October AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows a drop in equity exposure and an increase in cash allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations declined by 0.4 percentage...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what actions they have taken, if any, in response to the increased volatility that the market has experienced since late September. Approximately 37% of respondents did not take any actions, with several describing...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices rebounded strongly but continues to stay below average. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows drops in neutral and bearish sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise...

Since we are holding our annual Investor Conference in Las Vegas starting tomorrow, this week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they most like to gamble on. Slightly more than a fourth of all respondents (26%) say they gamble on stocks, particularly technology...