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AAII Sentiment Survey

Our Sentiment Survey was the subject of a Wall Street Journal article last month. The article discussed the survey’s popularity, its limitations (we do not conduct a random sampling) and the correlations between the survey and market turning points.

One of the statistics highlighted in the article was the spread between bullish and bearish sentiment (aka the bull-bear spread). Research firm Birinyi Associates calculates that whenever the bull-bear spread exceeds +30 points, the S&P 500 has tended to fall over the next six months.

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