Virtually 400 monetary advisors surveyed at Financial institution of America’s Merrill Lynch unit mentioned they favor bonds and money essentially the most for funding portfolios, with shares at a “distant third,” a report out Wednesday mentioned. Bonds as a share of portfolios climbed to 27% when the survey was taken in late January and early February, up from 24% a yr earlier. The typical allocation to money climbed to 10% from 7% a yr in the past, whereas shares fell to 57% from 62%. However advisors weren’t bearish on the long-term outlook for shares, with their view of the subsequent 12 months essentially the most bullish within the survey’s historical past. Virtually three quarters (about 70%) anticipated “that the bear market will finish in 1H or that the bear market is already over,” the report mentioned. The survey solely started in 2017, however analysts led by Financial institution of America’s fairness and quantitative strategist Savita Subramanian mentioned the bond allocation was a report excessive for the survey whereas shares had been at a report low. Virtually two in 5 (39%) of advisors mentioned “they’re transferring extra into bonds,” with fewer than one in 5 (18%) transferring extra into shares, the report mentioned. With the excess money that is being generated in portfolios, 26% of advisors plan to purchase shares, down from 42% final yr. In the meantime, 29% intend to place the cash into bonds and 30% “are pleased to stay in money.” The collaborating advisors — who’ve a mean 17 years’ expertise within the business — favored worth shares over development shares, 78% to 12%, (the widest margin ever). They might additionally reasonably put purchasers in small shares (46% bullish) than giant cap (39%) or midcap (36%). The most important dangers to the inventory market in 2023 are recession (18%), central financial institution coverage errors (17%) and geopolitics (15%), advisors mentioned. A yr in the past, the No. 1 concern was inflation. By inventory sector, advisors most well-liked well being care, vitality and financials, and had been most bearish on shopper discretionary, actual property and know-how. Buyers won’t need to wager in opposition to these high three business teams this yr. Financial institution of America mentioned the highest three favourite sectors have outperformed the underside three by a mean of 17 share factors annually for the reason that survey started. -CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed to this story.