December AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Largest Equity Allocation Since 2000

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 were last higher in July 2000 (74.0%). December was the 57th consecutive month…

 

Investors, Turn Down the Volume

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 often is inversely related to mispricing. Put…

 

November AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Lowest Level of Cash Since 1999

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%. Equity allocations were last higher in June 2017 (68.8%). November…

 

October AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Cash at Lowest Level Since the Summer

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 points to 68.0%. Equity allocations were last higher in June 2017 (68.8%). October…

 

September AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Equity Allocations Rebound

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 68.7%. Equity allocations were last higher in June (68.8%). September was the 54th consecutive month that equity…

 

AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Cash Allocations Rebound in August

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%. August was the 53rd consecutive month that equity allocations were above their historical…

 

Successful Investing Requires Coping With Some Discomfort

“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 investors to stick with a strategy. Gray raised the point as part of…

 

July AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Cash Allocations Fall to 17½-Year Low

Last month, individual investors’ proportionate cash allocations were the smallest they’ve been in 17½ years. The July AAII Asset Allocation Survey also showed a small decline in equity holdings and a rebound in fixed-income holdings. Stock and stock fund allocations pulled back by 0.9 percentage points 67.9%. The modest decline follows what had been a…

 

Two Concepts That Can Affect Your Returns

Two concepts often left out of conversations about investing are opportunity cost and endowment effect. Though different, they do overlap and can have implications for your portfolio. Opportunity cost is what you forfeit by taking a certain course of action, even if the action is a decision not to act. Every dollar you allocate to…

 

May AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Fixed-Income Falls to a Two-Year Low

Individual investors’ fixed-income allocations fell to a two-year low last month, according to the May AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Both equity and cash allocations rose. Stock and stock fund allocations rebounded by 2.1 percentage points to 67.4%. The rise puts equity allocations at their second-highest level of the year. May was the 50th consecutive month…