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 In uncertain times, even relatively low-risk investments come under strict investor scrutiny. And well they should, since they are viewed as a safe haven for hard-earned savings. Money market mutual funds are considered by many to set the standard for low-risk, liquid and...

  It didn’t receive much in the way of attention, but last week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its intention to end the pilot program testing five-cent bid/ask spreads. The program mandated minimum quotations and trading increments for stocks...

 This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the stock market’s return to a relatively low state of volatility. Responses were mixed. (The S&P 500 index has gone approximately 50 days without closing up or down by 1% or more.)...

 Individual investors’ expectations for the short-term direction of the stock market are largely unchanged from a week ago. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows a slight increase in neutral sentiment and a slight decrease in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that...

 This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Seven Steps to Protect Against Cognitive Aging One of the first signs of cognitive aging is problems managing one’s own finances. Even in the absence of disease, it can become...

 AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe why Express Scripts Holding Co. (ESRX) is his “Sell of the Week” for September 18, 2018, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to...

  Dividend reinvestment plans or DRPs/DRIPs are offered by many companies to give shareholders the option of reinvesting the amount of a declared dividend by purchasing additional shares. Normally, when dividends are paid, they are received by shareholders as a check or a direct...

  Investors commonly use stock ratios such as price to earnings, price to book and dividend yield to assess the financial health of a company. The reasons the ratios are so widely used are because they convey a great deal of information in a concise format and allow investors...

  On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal observed in its morning briefing that “The S&P 500 has gone 53 trading days without a move of 1% in either direction, the longest such streak since January.” As of today’s close, the streak now stands at 56 days. This is just...

 Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market fell to its lowest level in six weeks. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a strong rise in pessimism and a rebound in neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock...