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A prelude to this week’s commentary: BlackRock made financial news headlines by announcing a change in how some of its active mutual funds will be managed. Rather than rely on human stock picking, the company is shifting to a heavy reliance on quantitative strategies. Commentary...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members to explain how the success or failure of the Trump administration’s proposed policies influence their outlook for stock prices. Responses were mixed. Nearly one out of four respondents (24%) think the president’s...

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices rose to nearly 40%, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, optimism fell below 30%. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months,...

Last week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how the market’s relative lack of downward volatility this year (just one day with a decline of greater than 1% through March 22) has affected their sentiment toward stocks. Forty-three percent of respondents said...

Pessimism bounces back after two weeks of declining, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, neutral and bullish sentiment declined compared to last week. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, fell 5.1 percentage...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how the FOMC’s raising of interest rates has impacted their market outlook. Approximately 60% of respondents said that the rate hikes are having no or very little impact on their outlook and/or their portfolio...

Pessimism among individual investors is down for the second consecutive week, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, neutral sentiment is now at its highest level since mid-February. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how fourth-quarter corporate earnings results have impacted their outlook for stock prices. Forty-three percent of investors said that it has no to little impact on their outlook for stock prices, or that they were...

Pessimism among individual investors fell from last week’s AAII Sentiment Survey, while bullish and neutral sentiment rose. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rose over the next six months, rose 1.2 percentage points, to 31.2%. Despite the slight increase,...

Pessimism among individual investors jumped to its highest level in more than year in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, the percentages of individual investors describing their six-month outlooks as “bullish” or “neutral” fell. Bullish sentiment,...