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Dividend reinvestment plans or DRPs/DRIPs are offered by many companies to give shareholders the option of reinvesting the amount of a declared dividend by purchasing additional shares. Normally, when dividends are paid, they are received by shareholders as a check or a direct...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market fell to its lowest level in six weeks. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a strong rise in pessimism and a rebound in neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...

Retirement has the potential to be a relaxing and fulfilling stage of life. As with any major change, however, retirement presents a new set of challenges that may cause anxiety. How do you manage health care costs? How do you keep from outliving your money? How do you leave an...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members which industries or sectors they like right now. Roughly 26% of respondents say the technology sector, while 18% say the health care sector. Eight percent of respondents favor financials, 7% currently like the energy...

Optimism and neutral sentiment among individual investors fell slightly from last week, while pessimism increased according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, declined 1.3 percentage points to...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members whether their long-term strategy, the returns of various asset classes or the yield curve has the biggest impact on their asset allocation decisions. Two-thirds (67%) of respondents say their long-term strategy...

Individual investors’ fixed-income allocations declined compared to last month, according to the August AAII Asset Allocation Survey. While fixed-income allocations decreased, equity and cash allocations increased. Stock and stock fund allocations increased by 0.2 percentage points...

Over the last several years, brokers have become a commoditized service as prices have fallen. In order to differentiate themselves from the competition, brokers are adding to the services they provide. In many cases, this has gone well beyond proprietary analyst reports. Many...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what influence second-quarter earnings have had on their outlook for stock prices. Nearly two out of five respondents (38%) describe corporate profits as either giving them a reason for optimism or keeping them bullish....

Optimism among individual investors reached its highest level, while pessimism fell to its lowest level, since June in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. This week’s results also show a decline in neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over...