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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how they perceived the performance of the stocks they own or follow relative to the year-to-date returns of the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq composite. Responses were mixed. One-third of respondents (33%) say...

More than a third of individual investors described their outlook for stocks as bearish for the second consecutive week. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a decrease in neutral sentiment and an increase in optimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will...

A bill filed in both chambers of Congress earlier this month would require six financial institutions and four non-banks to divest business units in an effort known as “too big to fail, too big to exist.” The bills were filed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Brad Sherman,...

Most of this week’s responses were recorded before yesterday’s drop in the major indexes. This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how, if at all, they’ve recently adjusted their stock investing strategy. More than a third of all respondents (35%)...

The proportion of individual investors who anticipate a decline in stock prices is at a three-month high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism, conversely, fell sharply after having reached an eight-month high last week. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock...

For some companies, a current or former chief executive is inextricably linked. It’s difficult to think of Berkshire Hathaway without also conjuring up the name Warren Buffett. Jack Welch and General Electric. Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase....

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion on the Federal Reserve’s ongoing course of raising interest rates. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) think the Fed is doing the right thing by raising rates. The overwhelming majority...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at its highest level in eight months according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Both neutral and bearish sentiment pulled back below their historical averages. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members if trade policy has affected their allocations. More than three-fifths of all respondents (63%) say trade policy has not altered how they allocate their portfolios. Several of these respondents say they expect...

Individual investors’ exposure to equities reached a four-month high last month. The September AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows declines in fixed-income and cash allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations rose 1.4 percentage points to 69.9%. This is the highest level...