Investment Products: If It Has to Be Sold, Don’t Buy It!

Non-financial firms can make consistent profits by combining parts into a whole. For example, GM buys parts, puts them together and sells cars for more than the cost of the parts. GM adds value by putting the parts together. But financial firms cannot add value merely by buying securities and combining them into a portfolio….

 

Financial Professional Terms: What They Mean and Why You Should Care

Broker, registered investment adviser, financial planner, insurance agent, investment adviser and wealth managers: These are a few of the common terms used to describe various financial professionals. Many individual investors are confused by these terms, and do not have a clear understanding of what distinguishes one professional from another. This article will clarify these terms…

 

Are ETFs “Weapons of Mass Destruction”?

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   A Worksheet Approach to Selecting a Financial Planner Most individuals interview potential financial advisers before making a final selection to help them determine whether they are making the right choice. But what questions should you ask? The purpose of this article is to give…

 

Closed-End Bond Funds Versus Individual Bonds – A Case Study

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   What Bond Calls Mean for Your Cash Flow In a falling interest rate environment, or in one where interest rates have fallen in the not-too-distant past, it is especially important for investors to understand bond calls if they own individual bonds, bond funds, annuities…

 

Screening for Dividend Income

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Reinvesting Dividends The approach used in managing AAII’s Dividend Investing portfolio is to allocate proceeds received from dividend payments to cash. The cash, along with any proceeds from the sale of holdings in excess of the average size of all DI holdings, is then…

 

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for July 2016

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for July 2016 (based on unique page views):   The Top 10 Economic Indicators: What to Watch and Why Everyone wants to keep a pulse on the economy, but no one wants to wade through the massive volume of statistics. A look at the top 10 economic…

 

Retirement Can Be Long Enough for Something to Go Haywire

An interesting point was brought up at this week’s CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Seminar: retirement is a long enough period of time for something to go haywire. The point was brought up by Barton Waring, a retired chief investor officer for Barclays (which is now BlackRock). He raised the topic during a discussion about retirement…

 

9 Guidelines for Retirement Success

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Cash Flow and Allocation Strategies for Retirees Jane Bryant Quinn, nationally known personal finance writer and commentator, sits down with AAII Journal editor Charles Rotblut to discuss how reverse mortgages, stocks, bonds and annuities can be used by retirees to ensure they have adequate levels of cash…

 

Planning for the Financial Impact of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Though the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on families and friends from a lifestyle and emotional standpoint has been well-documented, little research has been done into the financial impact of caring for some afflicted by the disease. To determine the impact, the Alzheimer’s Association conducted a nationwide survey. The results are discussed in the association’s 2016…