AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Plunges

Pessimism among individual investors, which had been holding at a high level, plunged to its lowest level in more than three months in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Both bullish and neutral sentiment rose strongly. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose 5.4 percentage points to 38.5%. This…

 

December AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Cash Nears a 6-Year High

Cash allocations among individual investors rose to nearly a six-year high last month. The December AAII Asset Allocation Survey also showed a further decline in equity exposure. Stock and stock fund allocations fell 2.2 percentage points to 62.4%. Exposure to equities was last lower in February 2016 (61.5%). Even with the decline, equity allocations remained…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Half of Individual Investors Are Bearish

Half of individual investors now describe themselves as “bearish” for the first time since 2013. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows greater polarization, with neutral sentiment falling to an eight-year low. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rebounded for a second consecutive week, rising 6.7 percentage points to…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Declines, But Still High

Though pessimism declined and optimism among individual investors rebounded in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, they remain unusually high and low, respectively. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rebounded by 4.0 percentage points to 24.9%. Optimism remains below its historical average of 38.5% for the 13th time in…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Surges to a 5½-Year High

Pessimism among individual investors jumped to its highest level in more than five and a half years in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism plunged, and neutral sentiment declined. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, fell 17.0 percentage points to 20.9%. Optimism was last lower on May 25,…

 

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…

 

November AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Cash Exposure Rises to a 33-Month High

Individual investors’ exposure to cash rose to its highest level in nearly three years last month. The November AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows an increase in fixed-income exposure and a drop in equity allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations fell 4.9 percentage points to 64.6%. Equity allocations were last lower in July 2016 (64.1%)….

 

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…

 

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…