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Individual investors’ allocations to equities are at their lowest level in five months according to the latest AAII Asset Allocation Survey. At the same time, fixed-income allocations are higher. Stock and stock fund allocations declined for a third consecutive month, falling...

When the Federal Reserve speaks, the world’s financial institutions listen, and for good reason. Fed policy drives not only global financial markets but also the policies of other central banks. Therefore, any insights into the Fed’s thinking are worth paying attention...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their thoughts about the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) recent decision to raise interest rates. Slightly more than half of all respondents (51%) approved of the increase. Many of these respondents...

The percentage of individual investors who are pessimistic about the short-term direction of stock prices is at its highest level in nearly seven months. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows declines in both bullish and neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that...

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on March 15 that the Labor Department overstepped its authority by creating the “fiduciary rule,” which requires advisers and brokers to put their clients’ interests before their own when advising on retirement accounts such...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what influence fourth-quarter earnings had on their outlook for stock prices. The majority of respondents fell into one of two groups. Slightly more than two out of five respondents (43%) said fourth-quarter earnings...

Pessimism rebounded to a six-week high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, though it continues to remain below average. Both optimism and neutral sentiment declined. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, pulled back by 3.6 percentage...

Change is a constant in the financial world. New services, products and technologies are always coming to the market. In turn, consumers are confronted with new ways to think about their finances. Some of the trends facing the field of finance this year include: Higher interest...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how the possibility of a change in foreign trade policy is impacting their expectations of how stocks will perform. Responses were mixed. Just under two out five respondents (39%) expressed concerns about the new...

The percentage of individual investors who expect stock prices to fall plunged to its second-lowest level of the year in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, neutral sentiment stayed at an unusually high level. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will...