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 Weekly Market Summary U.S. stocks struggled to find direction this week, with some of the major indexes moving in a tight range while still eking out new all-time highs. Meanwhile, technology suffered through its worst slump in several months and consumer staples companies...

 To the surprise of almost no one, the Federal Reserve announced this week that it would raise short-term interest rates and offered greater details of its plans to shrink its $4.5 trillion portfolio of bonds and other assets, which it expects to start later this year. The...

  As was widely expected, the Federal Open Market Committee raised interest rates by a quarter point (0.25%). Whenever there is action by the Federal Reserve, bond experts are often turned to for their views on navigating the credit markets. Their insights clearly reflect active...

 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...

 The percentage of individual investors describing their six-month outlook for stock prices as “neutral” is above its historical average for the seventh consecutive week. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows less optimism than a week prior. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

 This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Frontier Markets Offer Growth From a Very Diverse Set of Economies AAII Journal editor Chuck Rotblut interviews Laura Geritz, manager of the Wasatch Frontier Emerging Small...

 AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe why VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN (XIV) is his “Sell of the Week” for June 14, 2017, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial...

 AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe why Supernus Pharmaceuticals (SUPN) is his “Buy of the Week” for June 13, 2017, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring you...

 When it comes to investing, perhaps one of the first questions we need to answer is whether we are going to follow an active or passive strategy. The prime example of a passive approach is to buy an index fund that follows one of the major indices such as the S&P 500....

 Time to take an inventory of your mutual funds. How many are there? What are their investment styles? Is your portfolio of mutual funds cluttered just like your closet? Have you owned some mutual funds so long that you have forgotten why you bought them? Are there some mutual...