AAII Survey: Investors’ Outlook for U.S. Economy

The U.S. stock market has been enjoying a resurgence after December’s sell-off. Since their Christmas Eve lows, the Dow Jones industrial average has rebounded 13.4%, the S&P 500 index is up 13.6% and the Nasdaq composite has added 15.6% through the close on January 18. While investors shouldn’t worry too much about upside volatility, the…

 

AAII Survey: Would You Invest $10,000 in the Stock Market Right Now?

It seems that the U.S. stock market has moved passed December’s abysmal performance, at least for now. Nearly half-way through January, the iShares Dow Jones U.S. ETF (IYY) is up nearly 11% from its Christmas Eve low. In fact, through the close on January 9, the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 index had logged their…

 

The Myths and Realities of Retirement Planning

Today, pension and Social Security benefits are not quite what they once were, financial institutions and insurance companies have become a concern and require close scrutiny, and health care costs seem to be rising out of control. With all of these scenarios continuing to be played out, wise planning is essential. This article will deal…

 

Fit for All Seasons: Managing and Monitoring Your Portfolio

Portfolios occasionally get away from investors and become financial beasts. You may have one of these creatures in your file cabinet: Your portfolio may be something you started long ago and added to sporadically over the years, never looking very closely at these investments individually after your initial interest or considering how the individual investments…

 

Dividend Safety Signs and Warning Flags

Many investors seek 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. But an economic downturn can test even the most mature and stable firms, with some forced to cut dividend payments. Others manage to maintain…

 

When Less Is More: How to Increase Aftertax Returns by Doing Less

High turnover can have a big impact on your tax bill, reducing bottom-line returns, while a buy-and-hold strategy can significantly improve long-term aftertax results. A lot of attention is given to stock and market returns. However, most of the attention is focused on rates of return before taxes. The bottom line, though, for any investor…

 

AAII Survey: Did Your Investments Live Up to Your Expectations in 2018?

As we enter the final weeks of 2018, the stock market is not enjoying a Santa Claus rally. Whatever slims gains the major indexes had entering the last month of the year have evaporated. According to data compiled by @OddStats from Stooq.com, 2018 is on pace to be the first year in the S&P 500’s history that…

 

How to Safely Navigate Through Crowded ETF Waters

I once interviewed a successful exchange-traded fund (ETF) sponsor and had the temerity to offer some suggestions where some ETFs were needed. The response from this person was: “Look, we’re not interested in filling needs as much as we are in building a business.” This made an important point: Investors must align their investments to match their…