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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members whether the Federal Open Market Committee was correct in keeping interest rates unchanged at its June meeting. More than half of respondents (56%) said the Fed was correct not to raise rates. Slow domestic economic...

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The number of individual investors expecting stock prices to rise over the short term is at a four-week low, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment rebounded strongly, while pessimism pulled back slightly. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how oil prices are affecting their outlook for the stock market. Slightly more than four out of 10 respondents (42%) said oil prices were not having an impact or were only having a small impact. Some pointed to the...

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Pessimism among individual investors is at its highest level and neutral sentiment is at its lowest level since February, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism remains at an unusually low level. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over...

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members why it does or not matter if the major U.S. stock indexes rise above their record highs in the near term. Almost half of respondents (49%) said it does not matter. Many of these members said they invest for the long...

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Pessimism about the short-term direction of stocks is at a six-week low, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment is higher, while optimism pulled back. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, pulled back by...

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This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big of an impact news and data about Europe, including Great Britain, is having on their outlook for the U.S. stock market. Nearly three out of five respondents (58%) said it was either not affecting their...

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Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stocks rebounded strongly in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The rise followed two consecutive weeks of extraordinarily low levels of bullish sentiment. At the same time, neutral sentiment plunged after having...

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May’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members if, given $50,000, how they would invest it today. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) said stocks or stock funds. Dividend-paying stocks were a particular favorite, picked by more than 11% of all respondents....

Asset Allocation

Exposure to fixed income in individual investors’ portfolios continued to rise last month, according to the latest AAII Asset Allocation Survey. May’s increase was the ninth in the past 10 months. Cash allocations rebounded, while equity allocations declined. Stock and...