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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...

Mutual funds are an easy way for investors to gain exposure to a number of different asset classes and investment styles. While I am a firm believer that individual investors can consistently outperform the market by investing in individual stocks, it does take a level of dedication,...

Time to take an inventory of your mutual funds. How many are there? What are their investment styles? Is your portfolio of mutual funds cluttered just like your closet? Have you owned some mutual funds so long that you have forgotten why you bought them? Are there some mutual funds...

No matter your political affiliation, the goings-on in Washington, D.C., has had an impact on investors over the last several months. Post-election, U.S. stocks rose strongly in the hopes of increased infrastructure spending, lower taxes and reduced regulations. Eventually, though,...