Rate Hike Fails to Shake 60% of Surveyed Investors

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how the FOMC’s raising of interest rates has impacted their market outlook. Approximately 60% of respondents said that the rate hikes are having no or very little impact on their outlook and/or their portfolio decisions. Many of these respondents said that last week’s announcement by the…

 

Earnings Have Minimal Effect on 43% of Polled Investors

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how fourth-quarter corporate earnings results have impacted their outlook for stock prices. Forty-three percent of investors said that it has no to little impact on their outlook for stock prices, or that they were focused on other economic factors rather than corporate earnings. Thirty-one percent of…

 

Politics Affecting Nearly 75% of Surveyed Investors’ Outlooks

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 may take. Tax reform was mentioned by many (20% of respondents), followed by regulatory reform and uncertainty over what…

 

Members Weigh in on Their Stock-Buying Criteria

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. Approximately 12% of respondents said that they look for strong earnings…

 

Over Half of Polled Investors Unswayed by Dow 20,000

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 expectations. Roughly 15% of respondents said that the Dow’s recent…

 

Investors Weigh in on How New President Affects Their Investment

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, with some saying that they follow a long-term approach and others…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Neutral Sentiment Rises to Highest Level Since Early November

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, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, fell 5.4 percentage points…

 

NASDAQ Highs Met With Mixed Feelings

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 being driven by tech stocks. An additional 6% view the record highs…

 

Over 1 in 4 Polled Investors See Growth as Slow

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 15% believe the economy is getting stronger or will gain upward…

 

Policy Will Influence Stock Prices the Most, Say One-Third of Polled Investors

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 Congress. Tax reform was listed by 18% of respondents, while…