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This article deals with several important retirement questions: “How much money do I need in my investment portfolio at the start of retirement?” and “How much can I safely withdraw from my investment portfolio during the retirement years?” While it’s not possible to...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how their allocations as of December 2016 compared to what they expected their allocations would look like at the start of the year. Nearly 37% of respondents said their allocations were similar to what...

Bonds and bond funds accounted for the lowest percentage of individual investors’ portfolios in 17 months, according to the December AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Cash allocations rose last month, while equity allocations were barely changed. Stock and stock fund allocations...

Support for the concept of the post-election (“Trump”) rally borrowing gains from 2017 can be found in our Sentiment Survey. Optimism was both unusually low (a bullish sign) and unusually high (a bearish sign) in recent weeks. Though seemingly contradictory, the two...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members whether changes in bond yields or the Federal Reserve’s target for interest rates have a bigger impact on their allocation decisions. Just under half of all respondents (49%) said neither changes in bond...

Individual investors have reduced their cash holdings, on a percentage basis, to the smallest amount since the spring of 2015, according to the November AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Fixed-income allocations declined as well. Conversely, equity allocations rose to their second-highest...

The allure of target date funds is simple: a single fund that provides a diversified portfolio and alters its allocation as shareholders approach the date when cash withdrawals will be taken. The promise of an “all-in-one solution” to investing for retirement is attracting...

Sometimes, the market does the hard work for you. Such is the case with my 403(b) account, which is similar to a 401(k) account. Over the weekend, I looked at it for the first time in six months. I could have easily skipped doing so because Mr. Market took care of things for me....

Individual investors’ cash allocations rebounded to a five-month high last month, according to the October AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Fixed-income allocations also rose, while equity allocations declined. Stock and stock fund allocations declined 0.6 percentage points, to 64.7%....

For the last several years, it has been a struggle for investors to find reliable sources of investment income. It used to be easy to earn generous income safely from your investments: Buy Treasury bonds or certificates of deposit and simple collect the cash from them. But with...