Beyond the Numbers: Getting to Know a Manager

Performance statistics are probably the single most scrutinized feature of any stock 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 bad manager. But the question facing any…

 

The February 2018 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

Feature Article » The Individual Investor’s Guide to the Top Mutual Funds 2018 by AAII Staff Our annual mutual fund guide provides information and performance statistics on nearly 1,600 funds on AAII.com.   Departments » Briefly Noted Current news items of interest to individual investors. Retirement Doesn’t Negatively Impact Health Prioritizing HSA Contributions and 401(k)…

 

What Every Investor Should Know About Mutual Funds

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 way. But most is simply common sense that investors often…

 

10 Questions to Ask About a Fund Manager

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 bad manager. But the question facing any prospective…

 

What Every Investor Should Know About Mutual Funds

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 way. But most is simply common sense that investors often…

 

What Every Investor Should Know About Mutual Funds

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 way. But most are simply common sense axioms that investors…

 

The Sell Decision With Mutual Funds: Knowing When to Walk Away

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 exciting short-term returns. At the opposite extreme, others…

 

A Second Look at How Target Date Funds Change Their Allocations

Target date funds offer the premise of a one-stop solution for investors seeking professional allocation strategies. They are commonplace in 401(k) and other similar employer-sponsored retirement plans (aka, defined-contribution plans). According to Vanguard, 88% of defined-contribution plan sponsors offer target date funds. Furthermore, four in 10 participants in a defined-contribution plan using Vanguard funds solely…