Members Holding Portfolios Steady or Buying Stocks

January’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what, if any, allocation changes they plan to make this year. Nearly one-third of all respondents (32%) said they either are not intending to make any changes or will rebalance their portfolios as necessary. Many of these respondents indicated that they are following long-term strategies. Slightly more than a quarter of all respondents (26%) said that they intend to buy stocks, particularly if prices fall to low enough levels. About 11% said that they are raising cash. Several of these respondents said they are selling stocks to do so. Approximately 10% of respondents intend to buy bonds. Some of these respondents listed their upcoming retirement as the reason for doing so. Finally, 5% of respondents either explicitly expressed their intention to invest more conservatively or stated their intention to allocate more to dividend-paying stocks.

Here is a sampling of the responses:

  • “None, my plan doesn’t change because of the market’s gyrations.”
  • “Move to cash—bonds are risky, stocks have no growth and the outlook is dim.”
  • “As some of the best stocks go down, I will use some of my cash to invest in quality and high-dividend stocks.”
  • “I plan to invest gradually as the market drops.”
  • “Potentially increasing my allocation to fixed income in light of being only four to six years away from retirement.”
  • “May use cash to buy some stocks if prices fall significantly.”
  • “None at this time, but, obviously, that’s subject to change.”

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