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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought would most influence the direction of stock prices in 2018. Almost one out of three respondents (31%) said taxes and/or corporate earnings. Many of these respondents expect the tax cuts to lead...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stocks is back above 50%. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows declines in neutral and bearish sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rebounded...

The mission of AAII is to help individual investors become better managers of their own assets. Taken to the extreme, that would mean they manage all of their assets themselves without using a financial adviser. However, we know that many AAII members still use financial advisers...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members to share their thoughts about the Dow Jones industrial average reaching 25,000 for the first time. Two out of five respondents (40%) had a cautious view of the milestone, with many saying the market has gotten ahead...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices pulled back, but remains at an unusually high level, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, pessimism and neutral sentiment rebounded. Bullish sentiment, expectations that...

The year 2017 was a good one for stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average posted 71 record closes for the year, the most ever in a calendar year and the most since 2013, according to The Wall Street Journal. For the year, the blue-chip average climbed 25%. In addition, the DJIA...

Last week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big a percentage gain or loss the S&P 500 will realize in 2018. Nearly two out of five respondents (37%) expect the large-cap index to rise between 6% and 10%. An additional 13% of respondents predict...

Optimism among individual investors jumped to its highest level in more than seven years, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism, meanwhile is at its lowest level in more than three years. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...

Last month’s special question asked AAII members how their current allocation compares to what they expected it to look like at the start of 2017. Slightly more than half of all respondents said their allocations were close to what they had anticipated. Approximately 25% of all...

Individual investors ended 2017 with their largest exposure to equities in 16½ years, according to the December AAII Asset Allocation Survey. At the same time, cash allocations fell further. Stock and stock fund allocations rose 3.4 percentage points to 72.0%. Equity allocations...