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Individual investors’ fixed-income allocations fell to a two-year low last month, according to the May AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Both equity and cash allocations rose. Stock and stock fund allocations rebounded by 2.1 percentage points to 67.4%. The rise puts equity allocations...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors are most influencing their six-month outlook for stocks. Slightly more than half of all respondents (51%) said politics. The overwhelming majority of these respondents specifically referenced President...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at an unusually low level for the second time in three weeks. At the same time, the latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows neutral sentiment being back above 40%. Pessimism is also higher this...

Earlier this month, global computer networks were hit with the “Wannacry” ransomware cryptoworm. The attack started on Friday, 12 May 2017, and within a day was reported to have infected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries. WannaCry spreads across local...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how first-quarter earnings have influenced their outlook for stock prices. Nearly two out of five respondents (39%) said the quarterly profit reports had no or only a minimal impact on their outlook. Many of these...

Nearly one out of three individual investors expect stocks to rebound over the short-term as optimism rebounded strongly in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, both neutral sentiment and pessimism pulled back. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will...

The term “fake news” has entrenched itself in our daily vernacular. Sadly, there was a time the only fake news I came across were stories sent to my by my sister from The Onion, a well-known news satire site. In the aftermath of the U.S presidential election, though,...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices fell to a new 2017 low in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, the percentage of individual investors describing their outlook as “neutral” is at a new high for the year. Bullish...

Many people do not see an estate plan as necessary, while others recognize the need to plan but have no idea whom to contact or how to begin. Estate planning encompasses much more than simply protecting one’s assets; it provides peace of mind that your assets will pass according...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what sectors or segments, if any, they think are excessively overvalued right now. Nearly one of out every three respondents (31%) said that technology (particularly the largest tech companies) is overvalued. Nearly...