October AAII Asset Allocation Survey: Equity Allocations Reach a 6-Year High

WHOA. It will start to get interesting when the rebalancing begins (emphasis mine below).


Posted on November 4, 2013 | AAII Survey

Equity allocations reached a six-year high last month, according to the latest AAII Asset Allocation Survey. The increase occurred as cash allocations fell to their lowest level in five months.

Stock and stock fund allocations rose 1.8 percentage points to 66.3%. This is the largest allocation to equities since September 2007, when stock and stock fund allocations totaled 68.1%. October was the seventh consecutive month and the ninth out of the past 10 months with equity allocations above their historical average of 60%.

Bond and bond fund allocations rebounded by 0.9 percentage points to 16.9%. This is the second smallest allocation to fixed income since May 2009, trailing only last month’s figures. The rise brought bond and bond fund allocations back above their historical average of 16% for the 51st time in the past 52 months.

Cash allocation fell 2.7 percentage points to 16.9%. This is the smallest allocation to cash since May 2013 and the seventh month in the past 10 with an allocation reading below 20%. October was also the 23rd consecutive month with the cash allocation below its historical average of 24%.

The stock market’s rally is helping to boost the value of stocks and stock funds, as well as entice investors to either stick with equities or move money off of the sidelines into them. Optimism about the short-term direction of stock prices was higher than average throughout October, even though worries about the macro environment (slow economic growth, fiscal uncertainty, elevated stock valuations, etc.) continue to exist.

(Continue reading at the AAII blog)


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