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Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at its highest level in nearly two months, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment fell, while optimism declined slightly. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock...

Stocks have been on quite a run since the start of 2018, fueled by strong earnings reports and data showing continued economic growth both at home and abroad. Through Friday’s close, the S&P 500 index has closed at a record high 14 times, which marks the most records for...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion about the overall level of optimism (from both individual and institutional investors) being reflected by the market so far this year. Responses were split primarily into two groups. Nearly 49%...

Optimism among individual investors fell back into its typical historical range for the first time since mid-December. At the same time, both neutral and bearish sentiment rebounded in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise...

As we near the ninth anniversary of the current bull market the U.S. economy, by most indications, is chugging along nicely. As stocks continue to rise, the economy grows and unemployment falls, economists look to inflation as the next potential tripwire. For the last several years,...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought would most influence the direction of stock prices in 2018. Almost one out of three respondents (31%) said taxes and/or corporate earnings. Many of these respondents expect the tax cuts to lead...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stocks is back above 50%. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows declines in neutral and bearish sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rebounded...

The mission of AAII is to help individual investors become better managers of their own assets. Taken to the extreme, that would mean they manage all of their assets themselves without using a financial adviser. However, we know that many AAII members still use financial advisers...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members to share their thoughts about the Dow Jones industrial average reaching 25,000 for the first time. Two out of five respondents (40%) had a cautious view of the milestone, with many saying the market has gotten ahead...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices pulled back, but remains at an unusually high level, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, pessimism and neutral sentiment rebounded. Bullish sentiment, expectations that...