Majority of Readers Worry About Market Downturn in Coming Months

Since early November, U.S. stocks have been on an upward trajectory. Between the close on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and the close on Friday, July 21, the S&P 500 has seen a price gain of 15.6% (excluding dividends). Tech stocks have fared even better, as the Nasdaq Composite has logged a 23% gain over the same…

 

Almost Half of Surveyed Members Unaffected by Oil Prices

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how, if at all, oil prices are affecting their outlook for the stock market in general. Just under half of all respondents (46%) said oil prices are not influencing their outlook for stocks. Some said the presidential election is having a greater impact on their sentiment….

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism at Highest Level Since February

The percentage of individual investors expressing pessimism about the short-term direction of the stock market is at its highest level since February. This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a slight increase in neutral sentiment and a further decline in optimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, fell…

 

4 in 10 Surveyed Investors’ Allocations Unaffected by Economy

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how the current economic environment is effecting their portfolio allocation decisions. More than four out of 10 respondents (42%) said the economy was not influencing their allocation decisions or indicated that they have not otherwise altered their allocations. Many of these respondents described themselves as…

 

Over 1 in 3 Surveyed Feel Economy is Too Sluggish

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion on the current pace of economic growth. More than one of three respondents (36%) describe economic growth as slow, weak or anemic. An additional 16% say economic growth is too slow and 10% say growth is disappointing or otherwise unacceptable. Just 6% said…

 

China Having Little Impact on Investor Sentiment

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big of an impact news and data about China is having on their outlook for the U.S. stock market. Almost two-thirds of respondents (64%) said that China is having either no impact or just a small impact. Among the reasons given were a mistrust of…

 

One in Three Survey Respondents Want to Change Political Climate

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what one thing they would change about the environment if they had a magic wand. More than one out of three (35%) of respondents said politics, particularly the election, taxes (many want to see reform), regulation and fiscal policy. Monetary policy was listed by 13% of…

 

Presidential Election, Domestic Economy Weighing on Stock Outlooks

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors are currently most influencing their six-month outlook for stocks. More than one out every four respondents (27%) mentioned the presidential election. (One member described it as “the craziest presidential election in my lifetime.”) The domestic economy was second, listed both positively and negatively by…

 

Members Slogging Through Sluggish Growth

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion of the current pace of economic growth. About one out every five respondents (21%) expressed disappointment or frustration, using words such as anemic, sluggish, lackluster and poor. Nearly 17% said growth is slow. An additional 13% said economic growth is either very slow…