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 Weekly Market Summary U.S. stocks rang in the new year in style this week, posting strong gains that pushed multiple indexes to new all-time highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) tacked on just over 1% this week to close at a 19,963.80. On Friday, the blue-chip index...

  One of the most common questions many of us in the investment community are asked can be paraphrased as “is now a good time to invest in stocks?” The answer to this question consists of two parts. The first is a clarifying question: “When will you need the money?”...

 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...

  Optimism among individual investors is starting 2017 at a six-week high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The rise in optimism comes as both neutral and bearish sentiment declined modestly. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the...

 In the second part of his conversation with Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch, AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut discusses how to use sentiment indicators to judge when stocks are at risk of underperforming in the future. Charles explains that unusually low levels of optimism in...

 This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Deep Value Investing Has Not Gone Out of Style Benjamin Graham first outlined his approach to deep-value investing nearly 60 years ago. Updated research revisits Graham’s...

 Feature Article: Downward Estimate Revisions Screen Tops Unconventional Year Bucking its historical trend during a year marked by unusual events, Estimates Revisions Lowest 30 Down was the top-performing AAII screen of 2016.   In This Issue: Stock Strategies: Deep Value...

 When do sentiment indicators suggest stocks are likely to outperform over the next months? Using the AAII Sentiment Survey as an example, AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch how unusually low levels of optimism have historically been...

 Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how their allocations as of December 2016 compared to what they expected their allocations would look like at the start of the year. Nearly 37% of respondents said their allocations were similar...

 Bonds and bond funds accounted for the lowest percentage of individual investors’ portfolios in 17 months, according to the December AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Cash allocations rose last month, while equity allocations were barely changed. Stock and stock fund allocations...