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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...

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...