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 This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how they perceive the performance of the stocks they own or follow relative to the year-to-date returns of the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq composite. Slightly more than 37% of respondents said their returns...

 Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at a five-week high. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows declines in the proportion of individual investors describing their short-term outlook as being “neutral” or “bearish.” Bullish...

 This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   The Mathematics of Retirement Portfolios This article deals with several important retirement questions: “How much money do I need in my investment portfolio at the start...

 AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe why Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK) is his “Sell of the Week” for December 12, 2017, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring you...

 Bitcoin has been grabbing a lot of headlines in recent weeks as its price has risen from $5,000 in mid-October to an all-time high of more than $16,600 last week before settling at $14,490 on Friday, according to Bloomberg. While many people have heard the terms bitcoin, cryptocurrency...

  What’s more important, your retirement or your child’s college education? Financial planners generally suggest that the former should receive priority, but many parents also want to plan for their children’s higher education. While financial priorities...

 In rock ’n’ roll, turning up the volume is not only welcome, but is often outright called for. While headbangers may want the volume cranked up, investors may prefer to have the volume set on low instead. High volume signifies a large amount of interest among investors....

 This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about Jerome Powell being nominated to serve as the next Federal Reserve Chair. Responses were mixed. More than a third of all respondents (37%) approve of the nomination. They like Powell’s...

 The percentage of individual investors describing their six-month outlook for stocks as “neutral” is at a five-week low. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows increases in both optimism and pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over...

 This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Bond Basics for Individuals: A Guide to Buying and Selling While people speak of the bond market as if it were one market, in reality there is not one central place or exchange...