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Optimism and neutral sentiment among individual investors fell slightly from last week, while pessimism increased according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, declined 1.3 percentage points to...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members whether their long-term strategy, the returns of various asset classes or the yield curve has the biggest impact on their asset allocation decisions. Two-thirds (67%) of respondents say their long-term strategy...

Individual investors’ fixed-income allocations declined compared to last month, according to the August AAII Asset Allocation Survey. While fixed-income allocations decreased, equity and cash allocations increased. Stock and stock fund allocations increased by 0.2 percentage points...

Over the last several years, brokers have become a commoditized service as prices have fallen. In order to differentiate themselves from the competition, brokers are adding to the services they provide. In many cases, this has gone well beyond proprietary analyst reports. Many...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what influence second-quarter earnings have had on their outlook for stock prices. Nearly two out of five respondents (38%) describe corporate profits as either giving them a reason for optimism or keeping them bullish....

Optimism among individual investors reached its highest level, while pessimism fell to its lowest level, since June in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. This week’s results also show a decline in neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over...

This past week the S&P 500 index made history with its longest stretch without a full 20% decline based on daily closing prices. The rise in U.S. stocks over the last nine years has been fueled by a rebounding U.S. economy, record-low interest rates and growing corporate earnings. The...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members whether U.S. trade policy, or the possibility of the Turkish lira causing problems beyond Turkey, is having a bigger influence on their stock market sentiment. An overwhelming majority of respondents (70%) say U.S....

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rose to a six-week high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment and pessimism both declined. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months,...

This week the “most hated bull market in history” also becomes the longest, by most measures (for a counter to this argument, see the blog post from Jeffrey Hirsch of the Stock Trader’s Almanac). On August 22, barring a meltdown in the S&P 500, the index...