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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors would most likely be responsible should stock prices rise between now and the end of the year. Responses varied, with the largest group (29%) crediting earnings, particularly earnings growth. A distant...

The percentage of individual investors who described their short-term outlook for stocks as “neutral” is above 40% for the first time in almost two months. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a big drop in optimism and a rise in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is influencing their portfolio decisions. Four out of five respondents (80%) say the new tax law either isn’t currently having any impact or only a limited effect. Several...

Individual investors’ cash allocations rose to an 11-month high last month. At the same, equity allocations declined to their lowest level since last summer according to the April AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Stock and stock fund allocations declined for a fourth consecutive...

For most individuals, another tax season has come and gone. If you filed for an extension, you have until October 15 to file. But how much does the typical American pay in taxes? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American household’s income is $76,664,...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they think is the biggest threat that the U.S. market will face between now and the end of the year. Responses varied. Higher inflation and interest rates are listed by 18% of respondents. President Donald Trump...

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is at a six-week low according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. This week’s survey also shows higher neutral sentiment and lower optimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...

Social Security is the proverbial third-rail of politics: it is an issue that evokes such passions that it is considered untouchable. Unfortunately, that mentality, among several factors, has put the Social Security system in a potentially precarious situation. As the Baby Boomer...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what impact geopolitical and international events are having on their outlook for stocks. Slightly more than two of out five respondents (42%) describe these events as having a negative impact. Many specifically...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rebounded to its highest level since February in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, pessimism fell after having reached an unusually high level last week. Bullish sentiment, expectations...