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My father-in-law passed last week. Les was a person who was willing to take risks when the potential payoff seemed to warrant doing so. This led him to stop his graduate school studies at the University of Chicago and join what was then a brand-new government agency: NASA. His...

Yesterday’s interest rate hike by the Federal Open Market Committee was the third in a 15-month period. More notably, it was just the third rate hike since the financial crisis. The rate hike represents another step in the (so far) very gradual removal of stimulus. At current...

Special note: The AAI Investor Conference is special event that regularly sells out. As we get closer to finalizing the agenda for our 2017 AAII Investor Conference, we are giving you the opportunity to have first access to registration and qualify for the discounted early-bird...

Save the Date! Our 2017 Investor Conference will be held November 3-5 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, FL. We’re scheduling many great speakers for the event, including Mark Hulbert, John Buckingham and Wesley Gray among others. You’ll also get to meet my fellow...

One term used to describe the market’s post-election move is “meltup.” It’s a financial industry antonym for meltdown. During both meltups and meltdowns, there is a strong element of psychology at play. Market observers have attributed the ongoing post-election rally...

There is rarely a week that goes by without a new fund being launched. There is also rarely a day when someone does not recommend a stock or a bond. It’s enough to make an investor’s head spin. It certainly complicates the process of choosing a good investment and sticking to...

This week I subbed in for Charles Rotblut on the weekly radio show MoneyLife with Chuck Jaffe. Each week Charles chooses a “buy of the week” and a “sell of the week” and provides some editorial guidance on his reasoning. In order to prepare for the interview, I had...

We are currently in the heart of fourth-quarter earnings season. The release of results is clustered in the mornings and afternoons, particularly between Tuesdays and Thursdays. Depending on what’s in your portfolio, it can be tough to keep up with all of the news. For instance,...

Trying to put the Dow Jones industrial average’s rise above 20,000 into context is not easy. In the grand scheme of things, 20,000 is no more significant than, say, the first time the index crossed above 19,600 or any other random number. It just feels important and has been...

Save the Date! Our 2017 Investor Conference will be held at Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida, from November 3 through November 5. More information will be coming soon. If one were to create a list of good advice for life, I would suggest including a simple rule:...