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Higher levels of confidence about one’s ability to invest lead to worse returns. I realize that this may seem counterintuitive to some of you, but this is the conclusion of a study accepted by the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance (an earlier version of the study...

This week’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what asset class (or classes) they would invest in today if given $50,000. Slightly more than half of all respondents (51%) said stocks. Dividend-paying stocks were particularly mentioned for their quarterly...

Fixed-income allocations among individual investors fell last month to their lowest level in over a year. The September AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows a decline in equity allocations and a rebound in cash allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations declined 1.2 percentage...

One of the fuzzier numbers in retirement planning is how much a person should save. Put another way, how much does an individual need to set aside each year to fund retirement expenses? It’s a function of projected expenditures, sources of other income (e.g., Social Security,...

Exposure to equities reached its highest level in 13 months last month, according to the August AAII Asset Allocation Survey. At the same time, cash allocations fell to their lowest level in more than a year and fixed-income allocations declined modestly. Stock and stock fund allocations...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how the current economic environment is effecting their portfolio allocation decisions. More than four out of 10 respondents (42%) said the economy was not influencing their allocation decisions or indicated...

July’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union affected their allocation decisions. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) said the referendum’s outcome either did not affect their portfolio allocation...

Individual investors held their largest exposure to fixed-income investments in more than three years, according to the July AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Equity allocations were unchanged, while cash levels rose. Stock and stock fund allocations stayed at 64.1% for a second month....

Long-term wealth creation and preservation does not occur within a bubble. Rather, it’s influenced by many factors, including allocation choices, investment selection, career path, inheritance (and lack thereof), financial discipline, etc. It’s also affected by one’s health....

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what, if any, allocation changes they expect to make during the second half of this year. One out of three respondents (33%) intend to increase their equity exposure. Several of these respondents said...