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Companies distribute cash dividends to their shareholders at the discretion of the board of directors. The board of directors examines the business prospects, cash generation and cash needs to determine if they can afford to make a distribution of profit in the form of a cash dividend...

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...

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...

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake … when you make it again. —Franklin P. Jones It is not that easy to talk about one’s mistakes. In the early days of Tocqueville Asset Management, I suggested that the senior partners jointly write...

Bondholders can be hurt by a number of circumstances: the issuer may decide to redeem the bonds before the maturity date, the issuer may default or interest rates may fluctuate and reduce the overall return of the bonds to the investor. The first two risks, call risk and default...

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...

As 2017 comes to an end, here are few observations I have I about what was a very good year for the financial markets. During the next correction/bear market, remember that the stock market is also capable of realizing annual gains of 20% or more Staying out of the market because...

The covered call provides extra income to a buy-and-hold strategy. In exchange for this income, there is a risk of lost opportunity. If the stock’s price rises well above the fixed strike price of the call, you have your 100 shares of stock called away below current market value....

One cannot simply look at the price of a security and determine if the price is enticing: A $10 stock may be more expensive than a $100 stock when the price is related to current and expected dividend payments, growth and capital appreciation. The dividend yield is a basic, but...

Computerized Investing’s new November content is available! This month includes: “Getting Started in Investing, Part 1” If you want to invest, but don’t know how to start, these tips and links can get you going. Part 1 of a new series—written by Computerized...