Some Perspective on Buybacks Given Recent Criticism

Buybacks have been put back into the spotlight as boogeymen. Earlier this week, Senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed in The New York Times attacking share repurchases. Among their accusations were that stock buybacks mostly benefit the wealthy and divert money from being spent on capital expenditures, salary increases and other worker benefits. It’s…

 

January AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Fixed-Income Exposure Reaches a 14-Month High

Equity and fixed-income allocations among individual investors increased slightly last month. The latest AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows a small pullback in cash allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations rebounded by 0.8 percentage points to 63.2%. Though this was a minor increase, equity allocations are above their historical average of 61.0% for the 70th consecutive…

 

The Stretch of Low Optimism Continues

Last month, optimism and pessimism in our weekly Sentiment Survey reached unusual levels. Bullish sentiment plunged to 20.9% on December 12, 2018, while bearish sentiment jumped to a multi-year high of 50.3% by the end of December. Of the two, unusually low readings for optimism have a stronger record of being a contrarian indicator. The…

 

December AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Cash Nears a 6-Year High

Cash allocations among individual investors rose to nearly a six-year high last month. The December AAII Asset Allocation Survey also showed a further decline in equity exposure. Stock and stock fund allocations fell 2.2 percentage points to 62.4%. Exposure to equities was last lower in February 2016 (61.5%). Even with the decline, equity allocations remained…

 

The Taxes You May Be Paying on Your Investments

Depending on what you invest in, this may be a year where you both incur a loss of portfolio value and owe capital gains taxes. This is particularly true if you hold actively managed mutual funds in a taxable account. Even if you don’t hold mutual funds in a taxable account, the new tax law…

 

November AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Cash Exposure Rises to a 33-Month High

Individual investors’ exposure to cash rose to its highest level in nearly three years last month. The November AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows an increase in fixed-income exposure and a drop in equity allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations fell 4.9 percentage points to 64.6%. Equity allocations were last lower in July 2016 (64.1%)….

 

How We Define Risk

The potential of losing money by investing in the stock market has become front and center over the past several weeks. The decline in the S&P 500 index and the bigger drops in other indexes and stocks has drawn attention. It has also led to the usual chatter about what the downside volatility means and…

 

September AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Four-Month High for Exposure to Equities

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 since May 2018 (70.0%). September was the 66th consecutive month with equity allocations above…