Equifax, Plus Observations From the Morningstar ETF Conference

The big questions on many people’s minds right now is what to do about the Equifax breach. Sensitive personal information—including Social Security numbers and birthdates—on 143 million consumers was stolen. The situation is still evolving, but Equifax is offering “free credit monitoring and identity theft protection” to all U.S. customers. Signing up for the service…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: 8-Month Low for Pessimism

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stocks as “bearish” is at its lowest level in eight months. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows neutral sentiment rebounding back above 40% and optimism declining. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, pulled back by 1.0 percentage…

 

AAII Journal April 2017 Issue Now Available

Feature Article: Portfolio Strategies » Factors Allow Investors to Think Differently About Diversification Tilting a portfolio to a small number of factors, including value and size, can increase returns while at the same time reducing risk. In This Issue: Portfolio Strategies » Asset Allocation, RMDs and Portfolio Survival A diversified portfolio not only increases return…

 

The Small-Cap Premium Still Lives on the Value Side

Historically, small-cap stocks have outperformed large-cap stocks. This difference is referred to in investment circles as the small-cap (aka small-company) premium. The discovery of the small-cap premium is credited to Rolf Banz’s 1981 Journal of Financial Economics study, “The Relationship Between Return and Market Value of Common Stocks.” I specifically bring Banz’s study up because…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: More Than 1 Out of 3 Bearish

Pessimism jumped to a three-month high as more than one out of three individual investors described their short-term outlook as “bearish” in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, neutral sentiment fell to its lowest level since February. Bullish sentiment is also lower. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the…

 

Lessons Learned From Many Years of Investing

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: Lessons Learned From Many Years of Investing: Doing the math, having a good understanding of market and economic history and paying attention to valuations are key to long-term investing success. Follow the Fed, but Be Smart About It: Small-cap stocks thrive during periods of expansive…

 

Small-Cap Stock Trends

Investing is not always easy. A great deal of evidence supports the notion that over the long term, stocks of smaller companies tend to have greater returns than those of larger companies. To realize those higher long-term gains, however, you have to be willing to expect some periods of underperformance. You also have to be…