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Individual investors’ exposure to equities declined slightly, but stayed above 70% for a second consecutive month in January. The January AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows small increases in fixed income and cash allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations pulled back...

Let’s start this week’s commentary with a hypothetical scenario: A person you trust says they have two stock picks for you. Both stocks are expected to rise in price. The charts for each stock are showing similar formations and the recent news seems equally positive. You only...

Last month’s special question asked AAII members how their current allocation compares to what they expected it to look like at the start of 2017. Slightly more than half of all respondents said their allocations were close to what they had anticipated. Approximately 25% of all...

Individual investors ended 2017 with their largest exposure to equities in 16½ years, according to the December AAII Asset Allocation Survey. At the same time, cash allocations fell further. Stock and stock fund allocations rose 3.4 percentage points to 72.0%. Equity allocations...

In rock ’n’ roll, turning up the volume is not only welcome, but is often outright called for. While headbangers may want the volume cranked up, investors may prefer to have the volume set on low instead. High volume signifies a large amount of interest among investors. Interest...

Individual investors’ cash allocations fell last month to a level not seen in 18 years. At the same time, the November AAII Asset Allocation shows a rebound in both equity and fixed-income allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations rebounded by 0.6 percentage points to 68.6%....

Last month, cash allocations among individual investors fell to their lowest level since the summer. The October AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows a rebound in fixed-income allocations and a decline in equity allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations declined 0.7 percentage...

Equity allocations among individual investors rebounded to a three-month high last month, according to the September AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Fixed-income allocations fell and cash allocations declined modestly. Stock and stock fund allocations rose 1.9 percentage points to...

Cash allocations among individual investors rebounded last month after having set a 17-year low in July. The August AAII Asset Allocation survey also shows declines in equity and fixed-income allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations declined by 1.1 percentage points to 66.8%....

“Super investors take pain better than everybody else.” Wesley Gray, CEO and CIO of Alpha Architect, made this observation at last week’s Financial Analysts Seminar, an annual CFA Institute event hosted with CFA Society Chicago. He was referencing the ability of successful...