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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what impact they expect this summer’s storms will have on the economy. Many of the respondents expect both a short-term negative impact from Harvey’s damage and a long-term positive impact from the rebuilding....

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices pulled back from its five-month high. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a rebound in optimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose...

After a decade of holding interest rates near zero, the Federal Reserve has raised rates three times in a year. While many would agree that the “free money” environment following the financial crisis of 2007-2009 has fueled the stock market to its long bull run, savers...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what they do with their dividend and interest income. Almost three out of five respondents (59%) said they either fully or partially reinvest the income. Some respondents said they set aside some of the cash...

Cash allocations among individual investors rebounded last month after having set a 17-year low in July. The August AAII Asset Allocation survey also shows declines in equity and fixed-income allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations declined by 1.1 percentage points to 66.8%....

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors are affecting their six-month outlook for stocks right now. Nearly six out of 10 respondents (57%) said politics, or something directly related to politics. Nearly one out every five respondents (19%)...

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term outlook for stocks is at its second-highest level of the year. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows higher neutral sentiment and unusually low optimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how second-quarter earnings have influenced their outlook for stock prices. Just under 38% of respondents said that the earnings reports have had a positive impact, or at least led them to be less negative. Approximately...

The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows pessimism among individual investors being at its fifth highest level of the year. The jump in pessimism occurred as optimism dropped. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, plunged 6.1 percentage...

After experiencing some all-time-low volatility, it appears the U.S. stock market is seeing an uptick in volatility. On July 26, the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, widely considered to be Wall Street’s “fear gauge,” fell to its lowest level on record. Leading...