AAII Sentiment Survey: Neutral Sentiment Jumps to New 2016 High

The percentage of individual investors describing their six-month outlook for stocks as “neutral” is at its highest level of the year, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The rise occurred as optimism fell below 30% for the first time in six weeks and pessimism rebounded. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Moves Closer to 50%

Pessimism about the short-term outlook for stocks moved closer to 50% in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism improved a little, while neutral sentiment plunged to a five-month low. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose 3.6 percentage points to 21.5%. The improvement comes after optimism had fallen…

 

A Few Observations on Today’s Market Decline

The stock market has gotten off to a bad start this year, and to say Mr. Market is in a rotten mood today may be an understatement. Uncertainty about the Chinese economy and falling oil prices are to blame. For all the growth China has experienced, its economy and its stock market is still relatively…

 

Members Unconcerned By Index Concentration

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how concerned they are about the performance of the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ being driven by a relatively small number of stocks. About 40% of respondents said they are not concerned. Some said they are more focused on other issues and other respondents said they…

 

S&P 500 Will Rise in 2016, According to Members

With the Sentiment Survey over the holidays we asked AAII members how big a percentage gain or loss the S&P 500 would realize this year. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) anticipate stocks to rise. Slightly more than 20% of respondents think that the increase will be less than 5%, while 31% expect gains of between…

 

Small-Cap Stock Trends

Investing is not always easy. A great deal of evidence supports the notion that over the long term, stocks of smaller companies tend to have greater returns than those of larger companies. To realize those higher long-term gains, however, you have to be willing to expect some periods of underperformance. You also have to be…

 

Market Volatility Puts Buy-and-Hold to the Test

In a recent InvestmentNews blog post, Jeff Benjamin discusses how the latest market volatility has put a strain on long-term, buy-and-hold investment strategies. For those feeling the temptation to to sell, fearing a big market pullback, Benjamin offers some statistics that may keep you from placing those sell orders. “BUCKLE UP” Benjamin cites research from Todd Rosenbluth,…