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The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stock prices as “neutral” is at a six-month high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism pulled back this week, while pessimism rose slightly. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

A Bloomberg article quoted a money manager as saying that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are “‘weapons of mass destruction’ that have distorted stock prices and created the potential for a market selloff.” According to the managers of the FPA Capital Fund (FPPTX),...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members to share their thoughts about the NASDAQ recently rising above the 6,000 level for the first time. One out of four respondents (25%) described the achievement as meaningless or otherwise said that it does not alter...

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at a three-month low according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment is higher while optimism is essentially unchanged. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members to describe the impact that the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes are having on their asset allocation decisions. Half of all respondents (50%) said that the rate hikes have had no impact on their allocation...

Fixed-income investments account for the largest percentage of individual investors’ portfolios since last summer, according to the April AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Also, last month equity allocations pulled back from their recent high, while cash balances rebounded. Stock...

It has now been 10 years since the start of the financial crisis of Great Recession. Many individuals are still feeling the effects of the economic and financial downturn. For others, the loss of money, homes and jobs led to fundamental changes in their financial situation. AAII...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion about the current pace of economic growth. Forty percent of respondents described the pace of growth as slow, too slow or sluggish. Several of the respondents believe that the pace of economic...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices rebounded to its highest level in two months. At the same time, the percentage of investors describing their outlooks as either neutral or pessimistic fell. All three sentiment indicators are now...

For many investors, dividends are an excellent means of generating income for their portfolio. Depending on where you are in your investment lifecycle, you may reinvest those dividends or you use the income on various expenses. AAII Weekly Survey Question However, depending on the...