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  Over the last several years, brokers have become a commoditized service as prices have fallen. In order to differentiate themselves from the competition, brokers are adding to the services they provide. In many cases, this has gone well beyond proprietary analyst reports....

  Many investors today who had planned to retire early at 62 when they became eligible for Social Security benefits—albeit at a reduced rate compared with retiring at full retirement age—are discovering that those benefits, combined with their retirement savings, cannot...

  I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later: A reporter asked me to comment on a tweet from President Trump. Two weeks ago, the president addressed quarterly earnings. Here are his exact words: “In speaking with some of the world’s top business leaders I asked what...

 This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what influence second-quarter earnings have had on their outlook for stock prices. Nearly two out of five respondents (38%) describe corporate profits as either giving them a reason for optimism or keeping...

 Optimism among individual investors reached its highest level, while pessimism fell to its lowest level, since June in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. This week’s results also show a decline in neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise...

 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...

 AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe why United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) is his “Buy of the Week” for August 28, 2018, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter...

 Big losses in the stock market can send investors scurrying for “safe” investments. But what is a “safe” investment? Stocks are risky because stock prices go up and down all the time—sometimes wildly so—and if you have money invested in stocks,...

  This past week the S&P 500 index made history with its longest stretch without a full 20% decline based on daily closing prices. The rise in U.S. stocks over the last nine years has been fueled by a rebounding U.S. economy, record-low interest rates and growing corporate...

  Those of you who regularly read my weekly commentary know that I attend conferences and other industry events. The presentations are generally informative, but it’s the personal interaction that’s the big draw for me. I’ve made numerous connections over the years, many...