AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Reverts Back to Average

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market pulled back to its historical average in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism and neutral sentiment both rose. As discussed below, timing played a role. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose 4.1 percentage points to…

 

What to Do When Gains Are Hard to Come By

If you feel like you have struggled this year to realize good or even positive returns, you are not alone. This has been a very tough year for investors. Though yesterday’s comments by Federal Reserve chair Jay Powell helped, returns for most asset classes and categories range from being down to only modestly up year…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Pulls Back, But Still High

Pessimism among individual investors pulled back from a 33-month high but remains well above average. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a rebound in optimism and a decline in neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose 8.6 percentage points to 33.9%. The increase was not…

 

Reasons for Individual Investors to Be Grateful

In his TED Talk, David Steindl-Rast makes the case for happiness being directly tied to gratitude. The monk and interfaith scholar says people who are more grateful tend to also be happier people. I’m referring to Steindl-Rast not only because he gave a great talk (to be fair, I’m a fan of TED Talks in general),…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Extends Streak of Above-Average Readings

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rose, extending its streak of above-average readings. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a drop in optimism and higher neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, pulled back by 6.2 percentage points to 35.1%….

 

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…