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Lately, friends and acquaintances have been bringing up the stock market’s volatility in conversation. While it’s always possible for me to be an outlier, I suspect in this case that I’m not. The magnitude of the moves is one reason market volatility is a topic of conversation....

Individual investors’ allocations to equities are at their lowest level in five months according to the latest AAII Asset Allocation Survey. At the same time, fixed-income allocations are higher. Stock and stock fund allocations declined for a third consecutive month, falling...

Cash allocations among individual investors rose to a four-month high last month. The February AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows declines in equity and bond allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations declined for a second consecutive month, falling 1.1 percentage points...

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...