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We all want to achieve retirement security—and to maintain our sanity during volatile market periods. If we could only predict tomorrow’s markets, we would handily satisfy these needs—we would be able to sell before a market decline and buy at the bottom. Truth be told,...

Many individual investors embody value investing—Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett immediately come to mind. Among investment management firms, perhaps none is as devoted a follower of the principles of value investing as Tweedy, Browne Company. In his book “Smarter Stock Picking”...

As investment products increase in number, complexity and cost, many individuals are plaintively searching for an investment approach guided by two very basic principles: Keep it simple, and Keep it cheap. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer a useful starting point for such an...

Computerized Investing’s new April content is now available! This month includes: Best of the Web: The Top 10 Sites for Mutual Fund & ETF Data, Ratings & Recommendations, and Screeners In-depth descriptions of the 10 sites that the CI staff consider to be the current...

There is widespread misunderstanding about what credit ratings really mean, and how they affect the returns that you earn and the overall riskiness of your portfolio. Investors generally rely on bond ratings to evaluate the credit quality of specific bonds. Credit ratings indicate...

“Some people spend more time planning a two-week vacation than they do their retirement.” ~ Anonymous Retirement is a passage from one lifestyle to another. One way to think of the term “retire” is by placing a hyphen between the ‘e’ and the ‘t’...

Facing criticism from a colleague over modifications he made in his economic analysis, the famous British economist John Maynard Keynes once said: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” Keynes’ question is a relevant one for investors. Unless you...

Many people hop in and out of investments all too frequently. That’s due in part to the fact that mutual fund advice and information are so freely available that individuals often are persuaded to switch from their more prosaic funds to those that have been delivering more...

One theory of valuation is that a stock is worth the cash distributable to shareholders. An advantage to methodologies based on this concept is that cash distributions are not influenced by accounting adjustments. Cash is either returned to shareholders or it’s not. Investors...

Not all that long ago, “stock-picking” entailed tedious, relentless research. In order to get the complete financial picture of a firm and its shares, individual investors had to scour the pages of financial newspapers or pore over scores of thick, dull annual reports. You...