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Many investors say that buying a stock, ETF or mutual fund is the easiest part of investing. The hard part comes when deciding when to sell. On the surface, selling a stock may be easier than selling a mutual fund or ETF because there are more quantitative variables to analyze–growth...

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion on the current pace of economic growth. More than one of three respondents (36%) describe economic growth as slow, weak or anemic. An additional 16% say economic growth is too slow and 10% say...

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Optimism about the six-month direction of stock prices is at a five-week high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment fell and pessimism is slightly lower. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, jumped 4.3 percentage...

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Many people invest in dividend-paying stocks as a source of income and for the opportunity to reinvest the dividends to purchase additional shares of stock. Generally speaking, dividend-paying companies are seen as being more financially stable and mature. In turn, the stock prices...

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how, if at all, they have adjusted their investing strategy recently. More than half of all respondents (55%) said they are focusing on or have shifted more into stocks, particularly value and dividend-paying stocks....

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Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices rebounded back above 30% in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment pulled back modestly, while pessimism was unchanged. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over...

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Since the launch of the first public index mutual fund on December 31, 1975, mutual funds have been a popular vehicle for investors to invest in a basket of stocks as an easy means of achieving portfolio diversification. In the 23 years since the first exchange-traded fund (ETF)...

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what their comfort level is with the current valuations of stocks. Slightly more than half of all respondents (51%) described valuations as being too high. Among the reasons cited were insufficient earnings growth...

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The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stocks as “neutral” is at its highest level in two months, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, optimism is back below 30%. Pessimism is lower as well. Bullish...

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Most of us take some type of risk every day. However, risk is very subjective. When it comes to investment risk, many factors come into play as to how much we are willing to accept. Age, current financial situation, etc., all play a role as to how much risk we are willing to accept...