AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Rebounds Back Above Historical Average

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is above average for just the second time in nine weeks. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows slightly lower neutral sentiment and pessimism holding above its historical average despite a decline. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six…

 

How We Define Risk

The potential of losing money by investing in the stock market has become front and center over the past several weeks. The decline in the S&P 500 index and the bigger drops in other indexes and stocks has drawn attention. It has also led to the usual chatter about what the downside volatility means and…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Rebounds Strongly, Stays Below Average

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices rebounded strongly but continues to stay below average. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows drops in neutral and bearish sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, jumped by 10.0 percentage points to 37.9%. Bullish sentiment was…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Rises to a Six-Month High

Pessimism about the short-term direction of the stock market is at its highest level in six months. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows optimism among individual investors falling to an unusually low level. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, fell 6.0 percentage points to 28.0%. Bullish sentiment…

 

Actionable Steps for the Current Market

As a follow-up to last week’s commentary about the recent bout of downside volatility and how many stocks are performing worse than the major indexes, I want to discuss strategies this week. Specifically, actionable steps you can take between now and the end of the year. None of these will be purely tactical in nature (e.g., “reduce…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: More Than a Third of Individual Investors Stay Bearish

More than a third of individual investors described their outlook for stocks as bearish for the second consecutive week. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a decrease in neutral sentiment and an increase in optimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rebounded by 3.3 percentage points to…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Jumps to a Three-Month High

The proportion of individual investors who anticipate a decline in stock prices is at a three-month high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism, conversely, fell sharply after having reached an eight-month high last week. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, plunged 15.1 percentage points to 30.6%….

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Jumps to an Eight-Month High

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at its highest level in eight months according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Both neutral and bearish sentiment pulled back below their historical averages. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, jumped 9.4 percentage points…