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One fear many investors have is incurring a large drop in the stock market. “Major drawdowns,” as defined by AQR Capital Management, are those where prices drop by at least 20% from peak to trough. The investment firm counts 11 such drops as having occurred in the stock market...

Individual investors’ exposure to equities reached a four-month high last month. The September AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows declines in fixed-income and cash allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations rose 1.4 percentage points to 69.9%. This is the highest level...

Special note: This commentary originally ran in March 2017. I received more feedback about it than any other Investor Update column I’ve written over the past eight years. Since many of you found it helpful and I’m out of the office this week, I decided to republish it. My...

Individual investors’ fixed-income allocations declined compared to last month, according to the August AAII Asset Allocation Survey. While fixed-income allocations decreased, equity and cash allocations increased. Stock and stock fund allocations increased by 0.2 percentage points...

One of the current trends within the investment industry is to focus on factors. Also referred to by the monikers “smart beta” and “strategic beta,” factor investing involves buying stocks with certain, quantifiable characteristics. Factors include low valuation, small...

Individual investors’ allocations changed just slightly last month, according to the July AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Equity allocations decreased modestly, while fixed-income and cash allocations were marginally higher. Stock and stock fund allocations declined by 0.3 percentage...

Second-quarter earnings will begin to heat up next week. Thomson Reuters projects S&P 500 index earnings growth of 20.7% and revenue growth of 8.1% on a blended basis. (The blended number uses results from both the 20 S&P 500 companies that have reported as of this morning...

Individual investors’ fixed-income allocations rebounded last month after having previously fallen to their lowest level in nearly a decade. The June AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows declines in equities and cash. Stock and stock fund allocations fell 1.4 percentage points...

Individual investors’ allocations to bonds fell to their lowest level in nearly a decade last month. The May AAII Asset Allocation Survey also showed a rebound in equity allocations and a decrease in cash allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations rose 2.5 percentage points...

Individual investors’ cash allocations rose to an 11-month high last month. At the same, equity allocations declined to their lowest level since last summer according to the April AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Stock and stock fund allocations declined for a fourth consecutive...