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Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices rebounded strongly and pessimism plunged in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The changes put bullish and bearish sentiment at a four-week high and low, respectively. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

The percentage of individual investors expecting a decline in stock prices is at a three-month high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, optimism is at a two-month low. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, plunged...

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at its highest level in nearly two months, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment fell, while optimism declined slightly. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock...

Even with last weekend’s government shutdown, no agreed-upon budget and yet another debt ceiling increase needed, the major U.S. indexes continued to set record highs. While Mr. Market’s ongoing calm mood may seem paradoxical given what’s happening inside of the Beltway, one...

Optimism among individual investors fell back into its typical historical range for the first time since mid-December. At the same time, both neutral and bearish sentiment rebounded in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stocks is back above 50%. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows declines in neutral and bearish sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rebounded...

For all of the chatter coming out of the financial industry about building wealth, I continue to believe that two of the best methods for individual investors are process and automation. The likelihood of success is enhanced when a good process is put in place and automation is...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices pulled back, but remains at an unusually high level, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, pessimism and neutral sentiment rebounded. Bullish sentiment, expectations that...

Let’s start this week’s commentary with a hypothetical scenario: A person you trust says they have two stock picks for you. Both stocks are expected to rise in price. The charts for each stock are showing similar formations and the recent news seems equally positive. You only...

Optimism among individual investors jumped to its highest level in more than seven years, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism, meanwhile is at its lowest level in more than three years. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...