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Feature Article » Making Better and More Rational Decisions by Charles Rotblut, CFA and Annie Duke Thinking about the various ways the future could play out can help you prepare for unfavorable outcomes and avoid irrational decisions. First Cut » Hagstrom’s Essential Buffett...

This fall, individual investors could be able to use just two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to diversify both globally and by asset class. The annual expense of such a portfolio will be about one-tenth of a penny per dollar invested, exclusive of any transaction costs. Vanguard filed...

Setting financial priorities is frequently very difficult for individuals. Yet, it is very important for most people, since few of us have the financial resources to totally finance all of our “wants.” Setting priorities allows us to consciously review our objectives and rank...

One of the challenges of retirement planning is projecting how much money you will have in the future. For those of us who are many years away from retirement, this a big uncertainty. We can use various tools and calculators, but they often rely on us making assumptions. The assumptions...

The AAII Journal articles on retirement allocation by Jerome Clark and Josh Cohen present different strategies for the amount of stocks and bonds an investor should hold at retirement. Specifically, they disagree on whether investors should immediately increase their fixed-income...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Minimizing Taxes With Asset Allocation Asset location is a tax-minimization strategy of placing investments in accounts that ultimately will produce the highest aftertax return for...

Feature Article » Exchange-Traded Funds Technology Takes Over the Top-Performing ETF List by Jaclyn N. McClellan Two semiconductor funds help put technology on top, though last year’s dominant sector, health care, maintained a presence. Portfolio Strategies » Minimizing Taxes...

After experiencing some all-time-low volatility, it appears the U.S. stock market is seeing an uptick in volatility. On July 26, the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, widely considered to be Wall Street’s “fear gauge,” fell to its lowest level on record. Leading...

With tens of millions of baby boomers already retired millions and more likely to enter retirement in the next decade, the hard truth is that only a small minority are accumulating enough savings to provide for their income needs during decades in retirement. This uncomfortable...

Equity allocations among individual investors rose to their highest level in more than a decade last month. The June AAII Asset Allocation Survey also shows fixed-income holdings at a multi-year low. Stock and stock fund allocations rose by 1.4 percentage points to 68.8%. This is...