Be Careful About What You Invest In

I want to start with a short comment about Japan before moving onto the main subject of this week’s newsletter. As you probably heard, the Topix index plunged almost 7% today, the biggest drop since 2011’s earthquake and resulting tsunami. According to both Bespoke Investment Group and James Mackintosh of The Financial Times, this was…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism at Second-Highest Level of the Year

Optimism jumped to its second-highest reading of 2013 in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Accompanying the increase was a drop in pessimism to its lowest level in more than a year. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose 10.5 percentage points to 49.0%. This is the highest level…

 

Master Limited Partnerships: Income from a Unique Structure and Industry

MLPs are pass-through entities and have been able to pay consistent distributions due to steady demand and federally regulated prices. Kenny Feng is president and CEO of Alerian. I spoke with him about master limited partnerships and the Alerian MLP exchange-traded fund (AMLP), which is held in our Model ETF Portfolio. Charles Rotblut (CR): Could…

 

Sell OF THE WEEK 5/22/2013

AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut Editor explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why Molina Healthcare (MOH) is his “Sell of the Week” on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring you the information you need to lead the MoneyLife. Audio url: Sell of…

 

CI DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK

You Need A Budget 4 – You Need A Budget is a popular budgeting program that seeks to help people avoid living from paycheck to paycheck, get out of debt and save more money. Read more »  

 

Immediate or Income Annuities

An annuity is a contract, purchased from a life insurance company, that provides for a set stream of payments or income for a set length of time, usually until the death of the annuity holder. The concept of an annuity can be confusing because life insurance companies use the term to describe two different types…

 

BUY OF THE WEEK 5/21/2013

AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why Phillips 66 (PSX) is his “Buy of the Week” on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring you the information you need to lead the MoneyLife. Audio url: Buy of the…