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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)...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stock prices as neutral jumped to its highest level of the year, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism plunged, while pessimism rose for the first time in five weeks. Bullish sentiment,...

Call up a one-year chart of the NASDAQ Composite index and you’ll notice a line of support and resistance around 4,900. Extend the chart to cover three years, and a second support/resistance line appears at approximately 4,600. Those support/resistance areas may not be not completely...

With the Sentiment Survey during the week before Christmas, we asked AAII members for their thoughts about the Federal Reserve’s recent rate hike. More than 37% of respondents agreed with or approved of the rate hike. Nearly 29% said it was either about time to raise rates...

Much of the chatter about yesterday’s interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve overlooks two key points. First, over the past 61 years, stocks have tended to rise during the 12-month period following the first rate hike. Secondly, it’s different this time. Put asterisks by...

Companies are very aware of our tendency, as humans, to overestimate the odds of making money. They use this to their advantage by pitching products and services as money-making opportunities that in reality are highly effective tools for separating us from our money. One bad idea...

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: The Advantages of Simple Allocation Strategies David Dreman’s Contrarian Approach to Stock Selection Why Your Financial Advisor Should Be a Fiduciary Defining Your Investment Philosophy The featured...

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlights these valuable AAII articles: 16 Financial Ratios for Analyzing a Company’s Strengths and Weaknesses Managing Cash Flow in Retirement Quantitative Strategies for Selecting Stocks 18 Recommendations for Minimizing Inheritance Conflict The...