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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what investment changes they are making in reaction to the new presidential administration. Most respondents can be categorized as belonging to one of three distinct groups. Nearly 31% do not intend to make any change,...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term market outlook as “neutral” is at its highest level since the election, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism is also higher, while optimism has continued to pull back. Bullish sentiment,...

A mutual fund is an investment vehicle made up of a pool of funds collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets. An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is an investment fund traded on stock exchanges,...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their thoughts about the recent new record highs set by the NASDAQ. Responses were very mixed. Approximately 18% of respondents think that the NASDAQ will continue to rise, with the upward momentum primarily...

Optimism among individual investors waned, falling to its lowest level since the election, in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Both neutral sentiment and pessimism rose. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, fell 6.6 percentage points...

In December, the Federal Open Market Committee raised short-term interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point, the first interest rate interest rate increase in a year and only the second in over a decade. In addition, the Fed said that it anticipates three additional interest...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion of the current pace of economic growth. More than one out of four respondents (26%) described growth as slow or below average. An additional 14% described growth as sluggish and/or poor. About...

The percentage of investors describing themselves as bullish pulled back to a five-week low in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, neutral sentiment rose to a five-week high. Pessimism rose as well. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over...

A few weeks back we asked our readers where they thought the S&P 500 would end up in 2017, with the majority (74%) believing the index would end the year in the green. This week we broadened our answer and moved beyond investing. AAII Weekly Survey Question Last week as we...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought will most influence the direction of stock prices in 2017. More than a third of all respondents (37%) said the policies instituted by the Trump administration and the legislation passed by the Republican-controlled...