Getting the Same Return With Less Risk – The Power of Factors

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Model Shadow Stock Portfolio: Why Quarterly Reviews Still Make Sense The Model Shadow Stock Portfolio has been reviewed quarterly to determine stock sales and additions since its inception dating back to 1993. In a world of 24/7 communications and interaction, the notion of waiting…

 

Do the Top ETFs Continue to Outperform?

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Recent Performance Influences Fund Choices A mutual fund’s recent returns and its relative performance significantly influence whether investors choose to buy or hold onto the fund. The magnitude of these returns and whether the fund is already owned also plays a role. Data shows…

 

The Five Questions to Ask a Financial Adviser

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Seven Steps to Protect Against Cognitive Aging One of the first signs of cognitive aging is problems managing one’s own finances. Even in the absence of disease, it can become progressively more difficult to balance a checkbook, properly review a credit card statement or…

 

Common Stock Repurchases: A Bane or Boon to Shareholders?

Why Value Beats Growth: A Brief Explanation In the long run, value stocks perform better because the markets are not perfectly efficient and investors overpay for growth. That is not to say that value always outperforms. The key when it comes to all investment approaches is to have the discipline to see it through periods…

 

Actions to Take During the Five Years Prior to Retirement

Actions to Take During the Five Years Prior to Retirement Transitioning to retirement from a working career is a challenge for many people. To help, The New York Times interviewed financial advisers, economists and retirees to create what they described as a “five-year countdown to retirement.” We’ll share their suggestions along with a few comments…

 

You CAN Lose With Bonds

Dividend Safety Signs and Warning Flags Many investors have sought 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. What signs can you look for that indicate the safety of a company’s dividend payment stream? Choosing…

 

How Many Stocks Do You Need to Be Diversified?

Diversifying Through Reinsurance and Marketplace Lending Interval Funds With equity valuations at historically high levels and bond yields at historically low levels, investors are searching for alternatives to the traditional 60% stock/40% bond portfolio. Alternative investments such as reinsurance and marketplace lending provide diversification through exposure to different forms of risk. Observations From Decades of…

 

Assessing the Risk of a Mutual Fund

Sector Classification Change Could Alter Some ETFs A shift in sector and industry classifications will impact exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds that target the affected industries and sectors. The change could also result in the renaming of some funds in addition to the potential changes to holdings and the weightings of various stocks within…

 

Inflation or Slowing Economic Growth: Which Do You Fear More?

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Inherited IRA Rules for Spouses, Heirs and Trusts Inherited IRAs have unique traits and do not follow all the same rules as traditional individual retirement accounts and Roth IRAs. Though some similarities exist, the applicable rules are dependent on whether the new owner of…

 

The Origins of the AAII Model Shadow Stock Portfolio

AAII InvestoGraphic: Adjusting Overweight Positions Allowing a portfolio position to become oversized relative to your other holdings undermines the concept of diversification. This AAII InvestoGraphic offers guidance on how to pare down a position in a stock whose gains have caused it to have an outsized weighting relative to the other portfolio positions. The Model…