AAII Survey: Year-End Tax Planning

The end of the year is a busy time for many of us what with the holidays, year-end work projects, etc. However, even before the ball drops on 2018, many investors are making portfolio decisions specifically intended to mitigate their tax liability for the year. The total you earn from your investments in 2018 will depend…

 

Gauging Your Psychological Readiness for Retirement

Those near retirement should ask themselves a very important question: Am I psychologically ready to change my lifestyle from being employed full-time to being retired? It’s a big question that often does not receive much attention. Rather, most of the focus on retirement readiness centers on savings. Workers are commonly told to ensure that they…

 

Happy Thanksgiving from AAII

This Thanksgiving, everyone from AAII wishes you a happy and safe holiday. We are especially thankful not only for our friends and family but for all of our members, subscribers and readers.   

 

AAII Survey: Has Investor Sentiment Changed Following the Midterm Elections?

For better or for worse, the 2018 midterm elections are behind us. Even though there are recounts still taking place around the country, we know that the Democrats have regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives while the Republics have retained control of the Senate (and occupy the White House). The markets seemingly latched…

 

Common Stock Dividends: What Are They Worth?

The thought of dividends excites some investors to a point of financial ecstasy while moving others to bouts of slumber. Some investors seek only common stocks with high and predictable dividend payments, and other investors search out stocks with exceptional growth potential, eschewing those that pay any dividend. There are a series of dividend issues…

 

AAII Survey: Biggest Takeaways From October’s Spooky Ride

As of the end of September, the S&P 500 had posted a total return of 10.6%, already more than the annual historical average of 10.2% from 1926 through 2017, according to Ibbotson Associates/Morningstar. So perhaps what happened in October shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. However, after relatively smooth sailing for the last…

 

The Next Generation of Socially Responsible Investing

It is getting easier for investors to incorporate their personal values into their portfolios and to do so in a diversified, low-cost and tax-efficient manner. This approach, traditionally known as socially responsible investing, is increasingly being referred to as environmental, social and governance investing—or by its acronym, ESG investing. As its name suggests, ESG investing…

 

AAII Survey: Readers Weigh in on Impact of Low Interest Rates

Depending on who you ask, the near-record-low interest rates of the last decade have either been a blessing or a curse. If you are a borrower, for things such as mortgages, car loans, credit card debt, etc., the low rates have been good. If you are a saver, however, the low interest rates mean you…

 

For Mutual Funds, Competition Doesn’t Mean Lower Fees

Competition is usually associated with lower prices. The exact opposite pattern is occurring within the mutual fund industry. Expense ratios for U.S. domestic equity funds operating in more competitive market segments “charge significantly higher annual expense ratios than funds operating in less competitive market segments.” Among the better-known measures of cost is the expense ratio….

 

How to Find and Select a Financial Planner

Financial planning is a process that is tackled by many individual investors quite successfully on their own. But some individuals prefer to have someone else perform the task. The question then arises: How do you find a financial planner? The selection of a financial planner is a very important and, sometimes, very difficult task. There…