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To the surprise of almost no one, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced that it raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points (0.25%) to the range of 0.75% to 1.0%. This was the third interest rate hike in a decade, but the second since December. This seems...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors are most influencing their six-month outlook for stocks. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) cited national politics, particularly President Donald Trump’s polices and what actions Congress...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members why or why not record highs (such as the Dow’s rise above 20,000) influence their asset allocation decisions. Slightly more than half of all respondents (53%) said that they do not alter their allocations...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at a six-week high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The rebound is occurring as neutral sentiment is at a seven-week low. Pessimism, however, is essentially unchanged from a...

Weekly Market Summary Fiscal and monetary policy, as well as employment data, guided the market this week. Comments from President Donald Trump promising the release of a “phenomenal” tax announcement in the next “two or three weeks” sent shares soaring to new all-time highs...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term market outlook as “neutral” is at its highest level since the election, according to the AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism fell, while optimism bounced back over last week. Bullish sentiment, expectations that...

Now that the 115th Congress has convened and a new President has been sworn in, it is time for those in Washington, D.C. to get down to actually governing. As is typically the case, a lot of promises were made during the campaign season. Often these promises are just empty words....

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what investment changes they are making in reaction to the new presidential administration. Most respondents can be categorized as belonging to one of three distinct groups. Nearly 31% do not intend to make any change,...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term market outlook as “neutral” is at its highest level since the election, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism is also higher, while optimism has continued to pull back. Bullish sentiment,...

At noon (Eastern time) on January 20, 2017, Donald John Trump took the oath of office, becoming the 45th president of the United States. Since the close of Election Day, November 8, 2016, the S&P 500 index gained 5.8% through the close on Thursday, January 19. Per Schaeffer’s...