Invest, Exceed Goal, Then Stop Taking Risk

At what age should you change to a more conservative allocation, and what should that allocation look like? The answer depends on who you ask or where you look. Target date funds, for instance, use glide paths. Over time, a glide path changes a portfolio’s allocation from being more aggressive to being more conservative. This…

 

It’s Almost May – Should You Stay With Stocks or Go?

With May starting in just a few days, those of you who are sensitive to the market’s semiannual cycles may be reciting the chorus of The Clash’s 1982 hit, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” A better question would be “Should I Stay or Should I Rotate?” Staying would mean not making any changes…

 

Members Moving Into Stocks or Standing Pat

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how, if at all, they have adjusted their investing strategy recently. More than half of all respondents (55%) said they are focusing on or have shifted more into stocks, particularly value and dividend-paying stocks. Slightly more than 27% of respondents say they have not changed their…

 

Brexit Leaves Nearly 75% of Respondents’ Allocations Unaffected

July’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union affected their allocation decisions. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) said the referendum’s outcome either did not affect their portfolio allocation decisions or that they are not making any changes in reaction to the vote. Some of these…

 

Fixed-Income Allocations Rise to Three-Year High in July AAII Asset Allocation Survey

Individual investors held their largest exposure to fixed-income investments in more than three years, according to the July AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Equity allocations were unchanged, while cash levels rose. Stock and stock fund allocations stayed at 64.1% for a second month. July was the 40th consecutive month equity allocations were above their historical average…

 

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for June 2016

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for June 2016 (based on unique page views): Achieving Greater Long-Term Wealth Through Index Funds John “Jack” Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group of mutual funds, chats with AAII Journal editor Charles Rotblut about why he favors broad market index funds, as well as his thoughts about…

 

Market Factors and Regular Rebalancing Affecting Allocation Decisions

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what most often causes them to alter their portfolio allocations. The largest group (14% of all respondents) cited market factors such momentum, technical analysis and valuation. More than 13% said that they periodically rebalance their portfolios or otherwise make small adjustments when their allocations stray…

 

How Much to Allocate to Each Investment

Determining how much to allocate to each of your investments can seem a tall order. But with an understanding of how factors such as position size, number of holdings, and rebalancing contribute to the success of your portfolio, the decision becomes clearer. Position Size The influence any single investment has on your overall portfolio’s performance…

 

A Gold Fund’s Debacle Highlights Risks

Any time a fund invests in something more esoteric than exchange-listed stocks from a developed country or widely traded high-quality bonds, the potential for something to go wrong increases. We saw this happen in December when the Third Avenue Focused Credit Fund—a mutual fund—suddenly shut its doors in response to junk bond losses. Last week…

 

The Top Mutual Funds Over Five Years: Health Care Remains on Top

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: The Top Mutual Funds Over Five Years: Health Care Remains on Top: Health care has not only remained the best-performing category, it now boasts seven of the 10 funds with the highest five-year returns. The Right Type of Life Insurance for Your Estate Planning Needs:…