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…

 

Bogle’s Allocation and Other Morningstar Conference Notes

Special Note: We’re announcing today that Fidelity Investments’ senior investment strategist Bruce Johnstone will be a keynote speaker at this year’s upcoming AAII Investor Conference. Johnstone was previously ranked as the #1 equity-income fund manager during his tenure as portfolio manager of Fidelity’s Equity-Income Fund. To see Johnstone and the other great speakers we have…

 

April AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Highest Fixed-Income Allocations Since Last Summer

Fixed-income investments account for the largest percentage of individual investors’ portfolios since last summer, according to the April AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Also, last month equity allocations pulled back from their recent high, while cash balances rebounded. Stock and stock fund allocations fell 2.3 percentage points to 65.3%. The decline follows what had been a…

 

A Rules-Based Approach to Managing a Portfolio

A prelude to this week’s commentary: BlackRock made financial news headlines by announcing a change in how some of its active mutual funds will be managed. Rather than rely on human stock picking, the company is shifting to a heavy reliance on quantitative strategies. Commentary about the change was quick to use the word “robots”…

 

March AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Equity Allocations Reach a 2-Year High

Equity allocations among individual investors rose to their highest level in nearly two years, while cash allocations fell to a two-year low. The March AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows slightly lower fixed-income allocations. Stock and stock fund allocations rose 2.1 percentage points, to 67.6%, after having declined during the three previous months. Equity allocations…