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 The goal of many individual investors is to beat the market. A large number, however, don’t—particularly when the costs of trying to do so are considered. One alternative is to apply the old adage, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” The index fund concept allows...

 Last week’s commentary about how tolerance for risk changes with age prompted a few readers to respond. Most of the emails I received focused on defining what risk is. In the world of finance, risk has more than one definition. Risk questionnaires often try to assess a person’s...

 This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what influence fourth-quarter earnings had on their outlook for stock prices. The majority of respondents fell into one of two groups. Slightly more than two out of five respondents (43%) said fourth-quarter...

 Pessimism rebounded to a six-week high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, though it continues to remain below average. Both optimism and neutral sentiment declined. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, pulled back by 3.6 percentage...

 This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Retirement Planning Strategies Following the 2017 Tax Act In the aftermath of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, this article discusses some strategies that retirees may want...

 Computerized Investing’s new March content is now available! This month includes: Cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin: What are They? An introduction to cryptocurrencies and how they work. Eight ways Online Retirement Planning is Superior to That Printed Reported Stashed Somewhere...

 AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe why Vera Bradley, Inc. (VRA) is his “Sell of the Week” for March 20, 2018, on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring you the...

 Change is a constant in the financial world. New services, products and technologies are always coming to the market. In turn, consumers are confronted with new ways to think about their finances. Some of the trends facing the field of finance this year include: Higher interest...

  Knowing how to use money wisely is a critical skill that is best learned starting at a young age. Imparting this knowledge is an issue many parents wrestle with. Part of being an adult in our culture is knowing how to use money wisely. And, as with other fundamental issues,...

 An investor’s willingness to invest in stocks varies with the level of the S&P 500 index and other major indexes. Similarly, in aggregate, older investors tend to be more conservative than younger investors. Neither statement should be a surprise to those of you who...