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This article originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of the AAII Journal. When searching for stock investing candidates, it may be easy to come up with a list of meaningful screening criteria, but building and applying a cohesive set of criteria can be challenging. Screening...

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This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of the AAII Journal. How can you make sure you never run out of money in retirement, even though you don’t know exactly how long you’ll need it? In the past, one simple and elegant solution to the above problem was...

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This article originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. It may come as a surprise to those who have placed their nest eggs in an S&P 500 index fund, or an actively managed version thereof, that they are actually making a decision to exclude a significant...

Retired Investor

This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. There are effective uses of an IRA as part of the estate planning process that most retirees have prepared for. These steps include: Taking taxable withdrawals from your IRA when your tax bracket is...

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This article originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of the AAII Journal Though most investors know that a cash dividend is the distribution of money to shareholders, dividend terminology is not as well-understood. Yet ordinary dividend, special dividend, ex-dividend, record...

Mutual Funds

This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. After any major stock market rally, investors should examine each of their mutual funds to assess whether the manager must remain fully invested or has the ability to raise cash in the absence of acceptable...

Mutual Funds

This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Many articles exist on how to use financial data to pick solid mutual funds. But what comes after screening based on quantitative metrics? What about the other side of fund selection—the qualitative...

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This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. There is a large body of research showing that investors depend on emotions and anecdotal information when making decisions. You are no doubt aware of this and are familiar with the resulting cognitive...

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This article originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of the AAII Journal. We’ve all heard that investors move and think like one big crowd, but there are really two crowds. The main herd, and the “anti-herd”—the main herd’s near mirror image. The media often call them...

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This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Like mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a way for investors to participate in the stock, bond and commodity markets; achieve a diversified portfolio; and gain access to a broad array of...