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This month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what, if any, investment decisions they are postponing until after the outcome of the election is known. Slightly more than one out of three respondents (35%) said they are not postponing any decisions. Many...

The global markets were caught somewhat off guard to the June 23 vote in the U.K. to leave the European Union. In the days that followed, stock markets around the globe first retreated strongly only to rebound, nearly erasing the “Brexit” losses. While most long-term...

Risk plays a pivotal role in investing, yet a universal definition is elusive. Merriam-Webster defines risk as: the possibility of loss or injury someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract;...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members whether the Federal Open Market Committee was correct in keeping interest rates unchanged at its June meeting. More than half of respondents (56%) said the Fed was correct not to raise rates. Slow domestic economic...

Last week’s AAII special question asked how much power individual investors feel the Federal Reserve has over boosting the U.S. economy and the stock market. In all, 439 members responded. Among those that addressed whether the Federal Reserve has too much or too little power...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how oil prices are affecting their outlook for the stock market. Slightly more than four out of 10 respondents (42%) said oil prices were not having an impact or were only having a small impact. Some pointed to the...

Last week’s AAII special question asked what individual investors thought was the best feature of financial technology (FinTech) such as robo-advisors. For those who do not use FinTech, we asked what was keeping them from doing so. Among the 205 respondents, 54.1% said they...

This week’s AAII special question asked whether individual investors believe financial services firms act in their (the investor’s) best interest. Perhaps not surprisingly, the vast majority–nearly 83%–feel that their interests are secondary to corporate...

This week’s AAII special question asked what is the biggest fear investors have. Just over 13% said their biggest fear is a market crash. Another 10% said they fear a loss of capital and a similar number said they fear the U.S. government passing legislation that would have...

With the Sentiment Survey over the holidays we asked AAII members how big a percentage gain or loss the S&P 500 would realize this year. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) anticipate stocks to rise. Slightly more than 20% of respondents think that the increase will be less...