AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Jumps to Nearly 47%

Optimism about the short-term direction of stock prices continues to rise, reaching its highest level in 21 months. At the same time, neutral sentiment fell a two-year low in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism is also lower. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, jumped 7.8 percentage points…

 

Opinions Mixed on Record Market Highs

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the S&P 500 rising to new record highs. Responses varied, as did the reasons given for those responses. About one out of three respondents (34%) either think the recent rally will not last or are concerned about its short-term sustainability. There was…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Slips Despite New Record Highs

The further ascent by the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 index into record territory did not translate into higher optimism among individual investors. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows bullish sentiment—as well as neutral sentiment—declining, and bearish sentiment rising. The changes were modest, however. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise…

 

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…

 

Have a Game Plan for the Retirement “Red Zone”

In a recent PlanAdviser.com article, John Manganaro discusses with Michael Rosenberg, head of investment-only defined contribution business for Prudential Investments, how market conditions that define the decade before a person’s retirement can drastically alter their lifestyle once they retire. Rosenberg cites recent Prudential research that shows that the value of a portfolio can be depleted…