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Since the financial crisis of 2008, central banks around the globe have been working to jumpstart economies and stock markets. The main tool has been “quantitative easing” or QE–a monetary policy of purchasing government securities or other securities from the...

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...

A Chicago Tribune article by Kiplinger’s Anne Kate Smith discusses the impact of asset allocation on portfolio performance. It states that research has shown that 88% of a portfolio’s movement is attributable to asset allocation. While the article also says that research...

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...

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for September 2016 (based on unique page views):   Why Buy Bonds If Interest Rates Will Rise? Starting a bond ladder creates income now and produces cash flow that can be used to reinvest if and when interest rates do rise. The...

The low-interest rate environment of the last several years has forced many investors to seek alternative forms of investment yield beyond traditional fixed-income instruments Faced with that reality, we posed the following question to our readers last week: What is the biggest...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Investing to Avoid the Consequences of Being Wrong Retirees should only risk the savings they don’t need; young investors should allocate as much to stocks as their risk tolerance allows....

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...