This article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. “A country of security analysts would still overreact. In short, even the best-trained investors would make the same mistakes that investors have been making forever, and for the same immutable reason—that...

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The December 2015 AAII Journal is now available online. Feature Article This month we feature the Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning for 2015. The AAII editorial staff has put together our annual tax and financial planning guide that is designed to help you...

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The November 2015 AAII Journal is now available online. Feature Article This month’s feature article is The Advantages of Simple Allocation Strategies. Author Wesley R. Gray suggests that investors are better off reducing the number of asset classes in their investment portfolio...

The SEC recently listed five red flags investors should watch out for, including claims of high return with little or no risk. Read more » ...

One of the big uncertainties facing investors is the sequence of returns they will experience in the future. Sequence of returns refers to the order in which positive and negative returns occur over a given time period. The sequence of returns is particularly important during the...

About 93% of employers are very likely or likely to “create or broaden focus on financial well-being of employees beyond retirement” this year, according to an Aon Hewitt survey. Yet the focus for many employers will not extend to including annuities or other similar lifetime...

John Bogle (JB): Let’s start off with the obvious. Imagine a circle representing 100% of the U.S. stock market, with each stock in there by its market weight. Then take out 30% of that circle. Those stocks are owned by people who index directly through index funds. The remaining...

Companies with excess cash can pay out dividends as well as repurchase outstanding shares that have been issued to the public. When a company reduces the number of outstanding shares, remaining shares gain a slightly larger proportional claim to the company and its profits. This...

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says aggressive, threatening actions from scam artists have been occurring nationwide during the early weeks of the 2015 tax season. These calls top the agency’s “Dirty Dozen” list of scams. The top tax scams includes: Phone Scams: Criminals...

If you’re retired—or nearing it—ensuring that your retirement investment portfolio lasts your lifetime is critical. And that’s not easy because by nature the stock market is volatile. What if a market downturn takes a bite out of your investment portfolio? While you cannot...