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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about Jerome Powell being nominated to serve as the next Federal Reserve Chair. Responses were mixed. More than a third of all respondents (37%) approve of the nomination. They like Powell’s background...

The percentage of individual investors describing their six-month outlook for stocks as “neutral” is at a five-week low. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows increases in both optimism and pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the...

Sometime this month the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on net neutrality, with all indications pointing toward a rolling back of current policies. While a lot has been written following this announcement, there is still a general misunderstanding, I feel, about...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how discussions about tax reform were impacting their portfolio decisions. More than 86% of respondents said tax reform was so far having limited or no impact on their decisions. Many respondents said they...

Individual investors’ cash allocations fell last month to a level not seen in 18 years. At the same time, the November AAII Asset Allocation shows a rebound in both equity and fixed-income allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations rebounded by 0.6 percentage points to 68.6%....

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how they thought the average consumer is fairing relative to a year ago. The majority of respondents (57%) perceive that consumers are faring better. Job and wage growth, continued economic growth, rising stock prices,...

The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows the percentage breakdowns of individual investors’ expectations for the short-term direction of stock prices being close to average. Bullish sentiment, neutral sentiment and bearish sentiment are all within a few percentage points of their...

As tax reform works its way through Congress, many homeowners, including me, are paying close attention to what may happen to the mortgage interest deduction. Once considered untouchable, the tax break is now in potential danger of being revised if not eliminated. The House and...

We tabulated the results to this week’s Sentiment Survey special question yesterday. The question asked AAII members what their favorite Thanksgiving dish is. Turkey was the by far the most popular choice, picked by nearly one-third of all respondents (32%). Six of these respondents...

Now that both House and Senate Republicans have submitted competing tax reform bills, they have to hammer out a compromise bill for President Trump to sign. This is no small task, so the prospects for meaningful tax reform, at this point, seem in jeopardy. Since November 8, 2016,...