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One of the most impactful socio-economic trends taking place in this country is the aging of the population. At the last count in 2014, there were over 46 million seniors in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Furthermore, data shows that the senior population...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about last week’s decision to begin unwinding the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet. Two-thirds of respondents (67%) either approved of the decision, described it as being expected or view the...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stocks as “neutral” is at its highest level in nine weeks. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a drop in optimism and an increase in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...

The number of articles being written about the “dangerous” levels of the U.S. stock market is coming at an ever-increasing rate. And perhaps, for good reason. The Dow Jones industrial average has notched 42 all-time highs in 2017, the S&P 500 index has booked 37...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how the new record highs set by the major large-cap indexes are influencing their outlook for the stock market. Nearly half of all respondents (47%) say the record highs are having a negative influence. Valuations...

Optimism declined slightly, while pessimism bounced back from a 17-month low last week. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, fell 1.2 percentage points to 40.1%. Optimism was higher last week (41.3%). Despite the slight decline, this...

For many retirees, health care will likely be their biggest expense. For this reason, it isn’t surprising that 41% of those participating in a recent Voya Financial survey said that their biggest fear about retirement expenses is the cost of health care. However, that same...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how, if at all, oil prices are affecting their outlook for the stock market in general. Approximately two-thirds of respondents (65%) said oil prices are having minimal or no impact. Many of these respondents simply...

Optimism surged to its third-highest level of the year in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, pessimism fell to a 17-month low. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, jumped 12.0 percentage points to 41.3%. Optimism...

In an attempt to limit the impact of fast-trading robots, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is imposing a news embargo for listed companies in the minutes after the market’s 4 p.m. (Eastern) close. According to a Wall Street Journal article, the NYSE, a unit of Intercontinental...