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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...

Weekly Market Summary On Friday, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Leading up to Inauguration Day, the “Trump Rally” had been losing its momentum, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting five straight losses before rising on Friday....

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their thoughts about the recent new record highs set by the NASDAQ. Responses were very mixed. Approximately 18% of respondents think that the NASDAQ will continue to rise, with the upward momentum primarily...

Optimism among individual investors waned, falling to its lowest level since the election, in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Both neutral sentiment and pessimism rose. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, fell 6.6 percentage points...

A few weeks back we asked our readers where they thought the S&P 500 would end up in 2017, with the majority (74%) believing the index would end the year in the green. This week we broadened our answer and moved beyond investing. AAII Weekly Survey Question Last week as we...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought will most influence the direction of stock prices in 2017. More than a third of all respondents (37%) said the policies instituted by the Trump administration and the legislation passed by the Republican-controlled...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big of a percentage gain or loss the S&P 500 will realize in 2017. Just under three out of five respondents (59%) expect the large-cap index to post a gain next year. Slightly less than half anticipate...

After going a year since its last rate increase, the Federal Reserve surprised almost no one by announcing this week that it was raising the benchmark federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point—to between 0.50% and 0.75%—and that officials now expect to raise short-term...