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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...

This month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what would prompt them to increase their allocation to stocks. More than a quarter of respondents (28%) say nothing. Many of these respondents either describe themselves as being fully allocated to stocks...

Individual investors’ fixed-income allocations rebounded last month after having previously fallen to their lowest level in nearly a decade. The June AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows declines in equities and cash. Stock and stock fund allocations fell 1.4 percentage points...

Running out of money in retirement is a major concern for older Americans, especially since so many are considerably behind on savings. According to a 2016 Transamerica study, 43% of workers 50 and older claim that their greatest retirement-related fear is outliving their savings....

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members if oil prices are affecting their outlook for the stock market. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (66%) say no, oil prices are not affecting their outlook. Many of these respondents add (without any prompting by us)...

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is above 40% for just the second time this year. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a large drop in optimism and a decrease in the percentage of investors describing their outlook as neutral. Bullish...

Like it or not, we all make mistakes, albeit some are more impactful or costly than others. I just moved to the far west suburbs of Chicago, so I am still learning to get around. That means I am making my fair share of wrong turns these days, which add a few minutes to whatever...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) potentially raising interest rates one or two more times this year. Nearly half of all respondents (48%) think it is a good idea. Many of these respondents...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market pulled back, but remains above its historical average (albeit barely so) in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Meanwhile, pessimism rebounded and neutral sentiment rose. Bullish sentiment, expectations...