AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Jumps

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook as “bullish” jumped by nearly six percentage points, setting a new four-month high. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a drop in pessimism and a small decline in neutral sentiment. Most of this week’s responses were recorded before yesterday’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting statement and updated committee members’ forecasts were…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Bounces to a 15-Week High

The percentage of individual investors expressing optimism about the short-term outlook for stocks is at a 15-week high. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a decline in neutral sentiment and a modest increase in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose 3.9 percentage points to 38.9%….

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Declines

The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows a decline in optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market. At the same time, both neutral and bearish sentiment are modestly higher. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, declined by 3.5 percentage points to 35.0%. The drop…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Rebounds to a Three-Month High

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stocks continues to rebound and is now at three-month high. Pessimism is also higher in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, while neutral sentiment has fallen back into its typical range. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, extended its rebound…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Second-Lowest Level of Pessimism for 2018

The percentage of individual investors expressing pessimism about their short-term outlook for stocks is at its second-lowest level of the year, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, the percentage of individual investors describing their outlook as “neutral” is above 40% for a third consecutive week. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock…

 

A Strategy for Losing Money

I can give you a name of a fund trading with the equivalent of a 23% sales charge. It’s actively managed by a company that’s incurred large outflows from its signature mutual fund following the departure of its star chief investment officer. Interested in owning it? You probably aren’t, but some investors were. PIMCO’s Municipal…

 

The Debate Over Retirement Income Strategies

As millions of baby boomers are either retiring or nearing retirement, there is an ongoing debate on how to manage one’s portfolio heading into and once in retirement. Here’s a glimpse into it: While at last week’s Morningstar Investment Conference, I tweeted a comment made by Morningstar’s David Blanchett about the likelihood of success for…

 

Valuing Stocks Based on Their Dividend

The subject of valuing stocks by their dividend is discussed in the June AAII Journal, which was posted to our website yesterday. Specifically, Computerized Investing editor Jaclyn McClellan takes an in-depth look at Geraldine Weiss’ approach. I’m going to extend the conversation by discussing Weiss’ and other dividend valuation strategies. Weiss used a relative valuation…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism at Lowest Level Since 2005

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices fell to a nearly 11-year low in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, pessimism rose to a nearly three-year high and neutral sentiment remained above its historical average. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months,…