The Portfolio Review: Why It Is Important and How to Do It

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   The Portfolio Review: Why It Is Important and How to Do It Performing your own periodic portfolio review (quarterly or at least yearly) will help you understand whether you are on course to meeting your goals, or whether you need to change your strategy…

 

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…

 

More Than 40% of Surveyed Investors Unaffected by Rate Hike

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what impact the possibility of additional rate hikes occurring in 2017 has on their market outlook. Slightly more than two out of five respondents (42%) say that the prospect of future rate hikes either doesn’t impact their outlook or only has a minor influence. Many of…

 

Members Welcome Fed’s Rate Hike

With the Sentiment Survey during the week before Christmas, we asked AAII members for their thoughts about the Federal Reserve’s recent rate hike. More than 37% of respondents agreed with or approved of the rate hike. Nearly 29% said it was either about time to raise rates or that the rate hike was overdue. About…

 

Investor Update: Two Key Points About the Fed’s Rate Hike

Much of the chatter about yesterday’s interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve overlooks two key points. First, over the past 61 years, stocks have tended to rise during the 12-month period following the first rate hike. Secondly, it’s different this time. Put asterisks by both of those statements. I’ll start with the reassuring news….