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Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at a six-week high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The rebound is occurring as neutral sentiment is at a seven-week low. Pessimism, however, is essentially unchanged from a...

We are now less than two months from the April 18 federal tax filing deadline. Taxes are traditionally due on April 15, but the IRS pushes off the due date if it falls on a weekend or holiday. This year, April 15 falls on a Saturday. The next business day, Monday, April 17, is...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term market outlook as “bearish” rose over last week, while optimism pulled back, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. This change has now pushed the bull-bear spread (bullish sentiment minus bearish sentiment)...

The February 2017 issue of the AAII Journal contains the updated Individual Investor’s Guide to the Top Mutual Funds. This valuable member benefit included 728 in the print version, while online there is information covering nearly 1,600 funds. AAII members that are new...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term market outlook as “neutral” is at its highest level since the election, according to the AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism fell, while optimism bounced back over last week. Bullish sentiment, expectations that...

A little over a week ago President Trump signed an executive order to keep refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations out for three months. The countries affected are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia....

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members to explain how, if at all, the Dow’s rise above 20,000 influences their expectations for the stock market. Over half of the respondents said that the Dow’s recent performance has little to no influence on their...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term market outlook as “neutral” decreased from last week, while pessimism has now been above 30% for three consecutive weeks for the first time since the election, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey....

Stock and stock funds accounted for 66.0% of the average individual investor portfolio, according to the January AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Cash allocations fell last month to 17.7% of the average investor portfolio, 5.8 percentage points below the long-term average of 23.5%....

Now that the 115th Congress has convened and a new President has been sworn in, it is time for those in Washington, D.C. to get down to actually governing. As is typically the case, a lot of promises were made during the campaign season. Often these promises are just empty words....