The February 2019 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

COVER ARTICLE The Individual Investor’s Guide to the Top Mutual Funds 2019 By AAII Staff Our annual mutual fund guide provides information and performance statistics on 727 funds.   NOTES & OPINIONS Dispatches Current news items of interest to individual investors. Majority of Retirees Regret Not Saving More for Retirement Older Workers Investing More in…

 

The Secrets of Picking Great Growth Stocks

Why is it that bright, educated people who come across stocks that could make them wealthy for life, so frequently fail to capitalize on golden opportunities—not enough brains or education? No, not even close. Two things are responsible: Beating ourselves, and a lack of knowledge. Beating ourselves is mainly emotions, meaning too much fear or…

 

“Enhanced” Index Funds: Can They Beat the Market?

John “Jack” Bogle, founder and former chairman of the Vanguard Group and father of the index mutual fund, passed away this week at the age of 89. Here is an article he contributed to the AAII Journal in 2007, which has been edited to reflect new data. Since the inception of the first index mutual fund…

 

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…

 

We May Be Getting Closer to the Bottom

The current decline has put the S&P 500 index on pace to experience an unusually bad month. Through yesterday’s close, the large-cap index was down 10.6% on a month-to-date basis. This ranks as the 27th worst calendar month, according to @OddStats. It also makes this month the toughest since February 2009, when the S&P 500…

 

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…

 

The Major Approaches to the Question of Valuation

Screening a universe of common stocks down to a manageable number for further analysis leads the investor to the question of valuation: Given the market price of the common stock, is the stock correctly valued? If, in your opinion, the answer is no and you believe the stock is either overvalued or undervalued, then a…

 

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…