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Top 10 Articles

 Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for May 2016 (based on unique page views): The Top 10 Economic Indicators: What to Watch and Why Everyone wants to keep a pulse on the economy, but no one wants to wade through the massive volume of statistics. A look at the top...

Digest

 This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Steps to Smoothly Transfer Control of Your Family’s Finances: Succession planning for the “family CFO” is the most commonly neglected component of most families’ financial...

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 AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why J&J Snack Foods (JJSF) is his “Buy of the Week” for May 31, 2016, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring...

Special Question

 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...

 In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and...

Investor Update

  An AAII member recently asked, “What is the most tax-efficient investment?” Before you answer, stop and give the question some thought. The answer is not as straightforward as it may seem. A few factors influence the tax efficiency of investing. One, of course, is...

Special Question

 This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how first-quarter earnings have influenced their outlook for stock prices. Slightly more than one out of four respondents (27%) said that quarterly results have not altered their outlook. Many said they don’t...

SentimentSurvey

  The percentage of individual investors optimistic about short-term gains occurring in the stock market is at its lowest level in 11 years. At the same time, the percentage of investors describing their outlook as neutral is at its highest level in 16 years, according to the...

 A rare combination of readings was registered this week in our weekly sentiment survey: Bullish sentiment is below 20% and neutral sentiment is above 50%. Such a combination has only occurred five previous times since the AAII Sentiment Survey started in 1987. The table below...

 Since the AAII Sentiment Survey started in 1987, a neutral sentiment reading above 50% has only been recorded 28 times. This week’s reading of 52.9% is the highest since April 12, 1990. During the 26 occurrences prior to December 30, 2015, the S&P 500 rose 24 times over...