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The number of individual investors expecting stock prices to rise over the short term is at a four-week low, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment rebounded strongly, while pessimism pulled back slightly. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...

Last week’s AAII special question asked how much power individual investors feel the Federal Reserve has over boosting the U.S. economy and the stock market. In all, 439 members responded. Among those that addressed whether the Federal Reserve has too much or too little power...

This week, Morningstar held its annual Investment Conference. Attended primarily by financial advisers, the conference is notable for both its size and its mutual fund focus (though there were sessions on other topics). This week, I’ll share some of my notes and observations....

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Why a New Allocation Approach is Needed: The traditional way of allocating portfolios costs investors significant wealth and fails to consider how risk actually occurs in the real world. In...

This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big of an impact news and data about Europe, including Great Britain, is having on their outlook for the U.S. stock market. Nearly three out of five respondents (58%) said it was either not affecting their...

Effective this week, just about anyone in the U.S. can play the role of venture capitalist. New crowdfunding rules went into effect on Monday that allow non-accredited investors to risk up to $2,000 or 5% of their annual income or net worth (whichever is less) in a start-up company...

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...

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is at its lowest level in five months, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Nonetheless, less than one in three individual investors are optimistic. Bullish sentiment, expectations that...

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...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what type of impact they perceive monetary policy to be having on the stock market. More than one out of three respondents (37%) said that the Federal Reserve is having a negative impact. Several (12% of all respondents)...