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A year ago, I began including doodles with my weekly commentary. The first one was a sketch discussing the impact of changes in earnings forecasts on stock prices. The purpose was to visually highlight and graphically explain one of the points I was making. Being a writer who...

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...

Feature Article: Portfolio Strategies » Factors Allow Investors to Think Differently About Diversification Tilting a portfolio to a small number of factors, including value and size, can increase returns while at the same time reducing risk. In This Issue: Portfolio Strategies...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Rebalancing Update: How Frequently Allocations Should Be Adjusted There was a reward for investors who stuck with their long-term portfolio strategies last year: positive returns....

It is easy to make money when the stock market is soaring. You really don’t need to read this article to prosper during those favorable environments. However, as experienced investors know, the key to long-term financial success is to survive the troughs. How does your portfolio...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members why or why not record highs (such as the Dow’s rise above 20,000) influence their asset allocation decisions. Slightly more than half of all respondents (53%) said that they do not alter their allocations...

The proportion of fixed-income investments in individual investors’ portfolios was at a six-month high last month, according to the February AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Both equity and cash allocations declined. Stock and stock fund allocations declined for a third consecutive...

Last month’s AAII Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what, if any, allocation changes they expected to make this year. An equal percentage of respondents indicated that they planned to increase their allocation to equity and indicated that they were planning...

Stock and stock funds accounted for 66.0% of the average individual investor portfolio, according to the January AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Cash allocations fell last month to 17.7% of the average investor portfolio, 5.8 percentage points below the long-term average of 23.5%....

 Investors are undoubtedly familiar with the concept of diversification, which is a fundamental idea underlying modern portfolio theory. The phrase, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” is one that has been familiar to investors for thousands of years. At least intuitively,...