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The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stocks as “neutral” stayed above 40% for a second consecutive week in the AAII Sentiment Survey. The latest results show a further decline in optimism and rise in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

For the last several weeks, the on-again, off-again threat of trade war with China has been pushing and pulling the market. In the latest development, earlier this week President Donald Trump says he is “ready” to place tariffs on every Chinese good imported to the U.S. Speaking...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their perception of the current state of the housing market. Nearly one out of three respondents (32%) describe housing as lacking enough inventory (especially for entry-level homes) or otherwise being too expensive....

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stock prices as “neutral” rebounded strongly in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism pulled back, as did pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...

When it comes to diversifying an investment portfolio, most people probably think of stocks and bonds, as well as investing across different sectors and industries. However, there is a category of investments gaining in popularity that offer additional diversification benefits:...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the current dividend yield stocks are trading at. Three out of 10 respondents (30%) describe dividends as either being low or too low. Slightly more than 17% are satisfied with the current...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rebounded, rising above its historical average. This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey also showed lower neutral sentiment and lower pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will...

It’s hard to believe it’s already July. I recently moved to the far western suburbs of Chicago surrounded by farmland and the corn is already tasseled out, let alone “knee high by the Fourth of July.” Back-to-school ads are starting to pop up and before we...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how the stock market’s performance during the first half of the year compared to what their expectations were back in January. Approximately 45% of respondents describe returns as being worse than expected. Some...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market decreased further, falling to a three-month low. This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey also showed higher neutral sentiment and lower pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...