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Performance statistics are probably the single most scrutinized feature of any mutual fund. These figures are, of course, important indicators of how well a portfolio manager has performed in the past. As such, they can serve as useful flags of a possibly good manager or a possibly...

When you go through a complete market cycle—from the start of a new bull to the bottom of the next bear—your real objective is to nail down as much of the profits you’ve built as possible. But most investors give back more of their profits than they should, and too many...

It may not be comforting, but individuals are rewarded over the long term for investing in stocks because stock prices can go up or down. Short-term market volatility and uncertainty creates a risk premium to entice investors to buy and hold stocks. It is important to note, however,...

In mutual fund investing there are no immutable laws to guide us, as we have in physics. But then again, it’s not professional wrestling either. Some of what follows distills the collective experience of mutual fund investing; some of it has empirical evidence pointing its...

Technical analysis is a bit of a misnomer since it is really not that technical. A better name for the use of charts to make investment decisions might be risk/reward analysis or even market psychology. Sure, there are some complex mathematical concepts involved with some of...

If you haven’t visited AAII.com recently, please take some time today to see what the website offers. Plenty of helpful resources are available at your fingertips to aid you in the investment process. The exchange-traded fund industry is continuing to experience strong growth,...

Value investors are always seeking undervalued stocks to add to their portfolios while pruning those that are overvalued. However, a stock’s price doesn’t always reflect a company’s true value. The dividend yield is a useful measure of value for selecting undervalued securities...

In mutual fund investing there are no immutable laws to guide us, as we have in physics. But then again, it’s not professional wrestling either. Some of what follows distills the collective experience of mutual fund investing; some of it has empirical evidence pointing its...

Momentum investors seek rapidly growing companies with prices to match. Their hope is that continued growth will attract additional investors who will continue to drive up the stock price. That investment philosophy, centered on earnings growth, underlies the approach used by...

Time to take an inventory of your mutual funds. How many are there? What are their investment styles? Is your portfolio of mutual funds cluttered just like your closet? Have you owned some mutual funds so long that you have forgotten why you bought them? Are there some mutual funds...