AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Fixed-Income Allocations Rise to a 6-Month High

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 month, falling 0.5% to 65.5%. Even with the decline, February marked the 47th consecutive month…

 

Investors Split on Whether They Expect to Change Allocation This Year

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 no change. Around 27% of respondents said they were happy with their…

 

AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Individual Investors Continue to Favor Equities in Portfolio Allocation

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%. Cash allocations have been slowly declining since February 2016 when portfolio allocation to…

 

The Advantages of Simple Allocation Strategies

 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, it has been so since ancient Roman entrepreneurs diversified against the loss…

 

Nearly 37% of Polled Investors End Year With Expected Allocations

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 they had anticipated they would be. Slightly more than 18% had…

 

AAII Asset Allocation Survey: 17-Month Low for Fixed-Income Allocations

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 declined by a very modest 0.1 percentage points, to 66.3%. December was the 45th consecutive…

 

Sentiment Supports the Borrowing of 2017 Gains Argument

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 signals may not be when the post-election rally is taken into account. I’ll…

 

Almost Half of Surveyed Investors Unaffected by Bond Yield or Interest Rate Changes

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 yields nor the Fed’s interest rate target drives their asset allocation decisions….

 

AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Cash Holdings Fall to a 16-Month Low

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 level of the year. Stock and stock fund allocations rose 1.7 percentage points to 66.4%….