Future Retirees at Greater Risk of Hardship

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Future Retirees at Greater Risk of Hardship Most current retirees appear able to withstand some type of financial shock. Future retirees may have more difficulty doing so due to changes in the retirement system, says a research fellow at the Center for Retirement Research…

 

Factors Driving a Company’s Dividend Policy

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   The Factors Driving Dividend Policy An analysis of global dividend policies attributed the rationale for companies to pay and raise their dividends to many factors, including communicating information, so-called “agency costs,” tax policy and a company’s maturation. A Dividend Approach to Judging the Value…

 

Getting the Same Return With Less Risk – The Power of Factors

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Model Shadow Stock Portfolio: Why Quarterly Reviews Still Make Sense The Model Shadow Stock Portfolio has been reviewed quarterly to determine stock sales and additions since its inception dating back to 1993. In a world of 24/7 communications and interaction, the notion of waiting…

 

Do the Top ETFs Continue to Outperform?

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Recent Performance Influences Fund Choices A mutual fund’s recent returns and its relative performance significantly influence whether investors choose to buy or hold onto the fund. The magnitude of these returns and whether the fund is already owned also plays a role. Data shows…

 

SEC to End Five-Cent Spreads on Small-Company Stocks

It didn’t receive much in the way of attention, but last week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its intention to end the pilot program testing five-cent bid/ask spreads. The program mandated minimum quotations and trading increments for stocks of certain smaller companies. It was originally scheduled to expire on October 2, 2018….

 

The Five Questions to Ask a Financial Adviser

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Seven Steps to Protect Against Cognitive Aging One of the first signs of cognitive aging is problems managing one’s own finances. Even in the absence of disease, it can become progressively more difficult to balance a checkbook, properly review a credit card statement or…

 

Common Stock Repurchases: A Bane or Boon to Shareholders?

Why Value Beats Growth: A Brief Explanation In the long run, value stocks perform better because the markets are not perfectly efficient and investors overpay for growth. That is not to say that value always outperforms. The key when it comes to all investment approaches is to have the discipline to see it through periods…

 

The September 2018 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

COVER ARTICLE Identifying and Screening for Vice and Virtue Stocks By Charles Rotblut, CFA Using so-called sin and ESG stocks as examples, we show how to use thematic approaches to identify potentially attractive stocks.     EDITOR’S NOTE Editor’s Note By Charles Rotblut, CFA Just before we went to press, two things were happening in…

 

Actions to Take During the Five Years Prior to Retirement

Actions to Take During the Five Years Prior to Retirement Transitioning to retirement from a working career is a challenge for many people. To help, The New York Times interviewed financial advisers, economists and retirees to create what they described as a “five-year countdown to retirement.” We’ll share their suggestions along with a few comments…

 

You CAN Lose With Bonds

Dividend Safety Signs and Warning Flags Many investors have sought shelter from the stock market storm in more mature dividend-paying companies since the income from these firms provides at least some positive return in an otherwise bleak environment. What signs can you look for that indicate the safety of a company’s dividend payment stream? Choosing…