AAII Survey: Would You Invest $10,000 in the Stock Market Right Now?

It seems that the U.S. stock market has moved passed December’s abysmal performance, at least for now. Nearly half-way through January, the iShares Dow Jones U.S. ETF (IYY) is up nearly 11% from its Christmas Eve low. In fact, through the close on January 9, the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 index had logged their…

 

Assessing the Risk of a Mutual Fund

Sector Classification Change Could Alter Some ETFs A shift in sector and industry classifications will impact exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds that target the affected industries and sectors. The change could also result in the renaming of some funds in addition to the potential changes to holdings and the weightings of various stocks within…

 

A Majority of Investors’ Year-End Allocations Close to Expectations

Last month’s special question asked AAII members how their current allocation compares to what they expected it to look like at the start of 2017. Slightly more than half of all respondents said their allocations were close to what they had anticipated. Approximately 25% of all respondents said they had more exposure to equities than…

 

Tech Sector Overvalued, Says One in Three Surveyed Members

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what sectors or segments, if any, they think are excessively overvalued right now. Nearly one of out every three respondents (31%) said that technology (particularly the largest tech companies) is overvalued. Nearly 19% of respondents view the entire market, or at least most sectors, as having…

 

Members Weigh In on NASDAQ 6,000

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members to share their thoughts about the NASDAQ recently rising above the 6,000 level for the first time. One out of four respondents (25%) described the achievement as meaningless or otherwise said that it does not alter their outlook or investment strategy. A nearly equal number of…

 

Economic Growth Feeling Sluggish to 40% of Surveyed Members

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion about the current pace of economic growth. Forty percent of respondents described the pace of growth as slow, too slow or sluggish. Several of the respondents believe that the pace of economic growth will accelerate. Slightly more than 15% think that the economy…

 

Members Weigh In on Stock Investing Strategies

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how, if at all, they have adjusted their stock investing strategies recently. Responses were very mixed. The largest group, 22% of all respondents, said that they have not made any change. Approximately 21% said that they’ve sold stocks and boosted their cash positions. Some of these…

 

Investors Mixed on Potential Impact of Trump-Era Policies

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members to explain how the success or failure of the Trump administration’s proposed policies influence their outlook for stock prices. Responses were mixed. Nearly one out of four respondents (24%) think the president’s policies will have a positive impact, particularly those policies that go beyond health care…