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 This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors are most influencing their six-month outlook for stocks. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) cited national politics, particularly President Donald Trump’s polices and what actions Congress...

  Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is at its highest level in more than four months. At the same time, optimism is near, though slightly below, its long-term average. The survey period runs from Thursday through Wednesday....

 The March 2017 AAII Journal is Now Available Online.   Feature Article: The Top Mutual Funds Over Five Years: Health Care’s Dominance Is Weakening Four of the 10-best performing funds are from the health care category, but this number is down from seven last year. In...

 Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members why or why not record highs (such as the Dow’s rise above 20,000) influence their asset allocation decisions. Slightly more than half of all respondents (53%) said that they do not alter their allocations...

  The proportion of fixed-income investments in individual investors’ portfolios was at a six-month high last month, according to the February AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Both equity and cash allocations declined. Stock and stock fund allocations declined for a third consecutive...

 This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Retirement Withdrawal Calculator A withdrawal rate is a function of how much money you withdraw from your retirement fund each year. But what if you choose the wrong initial...

 AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why Under Armour (UAA) is his “Sell of the Week” for March 1, 2017, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring...

 AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why KLA Tencor (KLAC) is his “Buy of the Week” for February 28, 2017, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring...

 The IRS requires that funds be withdrawn from nearly all retirement accounts, including traditional IRAs, 401(k) plans, and SEPs. These withdrawals are known as required minimum distributions, or simply RMDs. Once a retiree turns age 70½, the withdrawals must be made annually....

 According to The World Bank, global growth is projected to rise to 2.7% in 2017 after expanding by a post-financial-crisis-low 2.3% in 2016. The organization expects growth in emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) to pick up in 2017. However, it also sees downside...