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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors are most influencing their six-month outlook for stocks. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) cited national politics, particularly President Donald Trump’s polices and what actions Congress...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members about the most important qualities/characteristics they look for in a stock they wish to buy, and why. Roughly 22% of respondents said that they look for an attractive dividend yield or an increasing dividend payment....

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members to explain how, if at all, the Dow’s rise above 20,000 influences their expectations for the stock market. Over half of the respondents said that the Dow’s recent performance has little to no influence on their...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what investment changes they are making in reaction to the new presidential administration. Most respondents can be categorized as belonging to one of three distinct groups. Nearly 31% do not intend to make any change,...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term market outlook as “neutral” is at its highest level since the election, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism is also higher, while optimism has continued to pull back. Bullish sentiment,...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their thoughts about the recent new record highs set by the NASDAQ. Responses were very mixed. Approximately 18% of respondents think that the NASDAQ will continue to rise, with the upward momentum primarily...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion of the current pace of economic growth. More than one out of four respondents (26%) described growth as slow or below average. An additional 14% described growth as sluggish and/or poor. About...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought will most influence the direction of stock prices in 2017. More than a third of all respondents (37%) said the policies instituted by the Trump administration and the legislation passed by the Republican-controlled...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big of a percentage gain or loss the S&P 500 will realize in 2017. Just under three out of five respondents (59%) expect the large-cap index to post a gain next year. Slightly less than half anticipate...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what impact the possibility of additional rate hikes occurring in 2017 has on their market outlook. Slightly more than two out of five respondents (42%) say that the prospect of future rate hikes either doesn’t...