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Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rebounded, but not enough to rise above the historical average. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a further drop in neutral sentiment and a decline in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

One of the current trends within the investment industry is to focus on factors. Also referred to by the monikers “smart beta” and “strategic beta,” factor investing involves buying stocks with certain, quantifiable characteristics. Factors include low valuation, small...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market fell further in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment also declined as pessimism rose above 30%. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months,...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stocks as “neutral” stayed above 40% for a second consecutive week in the AAII Sentiment Survey. The latest results show a further decline in optimism and rise in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

One of the Briefly Noted columns appearing in next month’s AAII Journal will give tips on what to do during each of the five years leading up to retirement. In the column, we reference AAII founder James Cloonan’s Level3 withdrawal rules. Among those rules is allocating an...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stock prices as “neutral” rebounded strongly in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism pulled back, as did pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...

In assisting my mother-in-law with her finances, one of the things I’ve done is to project how long her savings will last. I’m monitoring her income, spending and savings to ensure she is able to live comfortably now and still has enough to cover future potential living and...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rebounded, rising above its historical average. This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey also showed lower neutral sentiment and lower pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will...

Second-quarter earnings will begin to heat up next week. Thomson Reuters projects S&P 500 index earnings growth of 20.7% and revenue growth of 8.1% on a blended basis. (The blended number uses results from both the 20 S&P 500 companies that have reported as of this morning...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market decreased further, falling to a three-month low. This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey also showed higher neutral sentiment and lower pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...