Members Weigh In on Stock Investing Strategies


This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how, if at all, they have adjusted their stock investing strategies recently. Responses were very mixed. The largest group, 22% of all respondents, said that they have not made any change. Approximately 21% said that they’ve sold stocks and boosted their cash positions. Some of these respondents expressed concerns about the potential for a drop in stock prices or geopolitical turmoil. Nearly 11% are seeking yield, either via dividend-paying stocks or real estate investment trusts (REITs).  Almost 9% favor value, while 6% expressed a preference for large-cap stocks.

Here’s a sampling of the responses:

  • “No change. I don’t try to time the markets.”
  • “I’m focusing more on yield. It’s the proverbial ‘bird in the hand.’”
  • “Freeing up cash in anticipation of a pullback.”
  • “Large cap to be more conservative.”
  • “Value. It’s always a smart play.”

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