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Yesterday’s interest rate hike by the Federal Open Market Committee was the third in a 15-month period. More notably, it was just the third rate hike since the financial crisis. The rate hike represents another step in the (so far) very gradual removal of stimulus. At current...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term market outlook as “neutral” decreased from last week, while pessimism has now been above 30% for three consecutive weeks for the first time since the election, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey....

Individual investors have reduced their cash holdings, on a percentage basis, to the smallest amount since the spring of 2015, according to the November AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Fixed-income allocations declined as well. Conversely, equity allocations rose to their second-highest...

Last week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how third-quarter earnings have impacted their market outlook. Responses were very mixed. The largest group of respondents (28%) said that third-quarter earnings did not have any impact or had little impact on...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion of the dividend yields that stocks currently trade at. Responses varied. The largest group of respondents (23%) described dividends as currently being too low. Several said that the low dividends...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what sectors, if any, they think are overvalued right now. Technology (10% of respondents), dividend payers (9%) and utilities (8%) were the most-listed sectors and segments. (Some respondents listed more than one...

Pessimism among individual investors about stock prices dropping rebounded in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The rise in bearish sentiment occurred as both bullish sentiment and neutral sentiment fell. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the NASDAQ setting a record high record high last week. Responses were mixed. About 21% thought the new record high was a positive event. Another 5% said the record high was expected to...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what their comfort level is with the current valuations of stocks. Slightly more than half of all respondents (51%) described valuations as being too high. Among the reasons cited were insufficient earnings growth...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors are currently most influencing their six-month outlook for stocks. More than one out every four respondents (27%) mentioned the presidential election. (One member described it as “the craziest...