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Pessimism about the short-term direction of stock prices rebounded to a six-week high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, neutral sentiment stayed above 40%, while optimism was nearly unchanged. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what determines how much they allocate to cash. More than three out five respondents (62%) said projected needs [required minimum distributions (RMDs), living expenses, emergencies, etc.] and/or future investment...

Equity allocations among individual investors rose to their highest level in more than a decade last month. The June AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows fixed-income holdings at a multi-year low. Stock and stock fund allocations rose by 1.4 percentage points to 68.8%. This is...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their current opinion of health care stocks. Two out of every five respondents (40%) expressed a positive opinion. Some respondents said health care stocks are currently attractive, while others pointed to their...

The percentage of individual investors describing their outlook for stocks as neutral is at its highest level in nearly a year. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows pessimism at its lowest level since the first week of January. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...

The decision to name a trustee is a complex process that includes weighing and balancing the various factors according to personal preferences and circumstances. A trustee is a person or institution named in a trust agreement to carry out the objectives and follow the terms of...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how this year’s rate hikes and the Federal Reserve’s intention to further tighten monetary policy are impacting their market outlook. Slightly more than half of all respondents (51%) said the hikes are either...

A modest decrease in the percentage of individual investors who expect stock prices to decline sent pessimism to a four-month low. Bearish sentiment, however, remains close to its historical average in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Additionally, this week’s survey shows small...

Mutual funds are an easy way for investors to gain exposure to a number of different asset classes and investment styles. While I am a firm believer that individual investors can consistently outperform the market by investing in individual stocks, it does take a level of dedication,...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the low level of volatility that has existed so far this year. Responses were mixed. Nearly one out of four respondents (24%) find the ongoing calm market conditions surprising or are otherwise...