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“The stock market is rigged.” That is a statement I have heard from many investors over my 20-plus years at AAII. This number, not surprisingly, increased following the financial crisis of 2007–2008, when many investors saw their portfolio values fall by half or...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the overall sentiment being reflected in the market among both institutional and individual investors. Responses were mixed. Almost 28% of respondents agree with the current level of optimism...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rose but remains below average. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows declines in neutral and bearish sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...

According to Wikipedia, environmental, social and governance (ESG) refers to the three central factors in measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment in a company or business. These criteria help to better determine the future financial performance of companies...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the stock market’s return to a relatively low state of volatility. Responses were mixed. (The S&P 500 index has gone approximately 50 days without closing up or down by 1% or more.)...

Individual investors’ expectations for the short-term direction of the stock market are largely unchanged from a week ago. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows a slight increase in neutral sentiment and a slight decrease in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock...

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...