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The allure of target date funds is simple: a single fund that provides a diversified portfolio and alters its allocation as shareholders approach the date when cash withdrawals will be taken. The promise of an “all-in-one solution” to investing for retirement is attracting...

Sometimes, the market does the hard work for you. Such is the case with my 403(b) account, which is similar to a 401(k) account. Over the weekend, I looked at it for the first time in six months. I could have easily skipped doing so because Mr. Market took care of things for me....

Individual investors’ cash allocations rebounded to a five-month high last month, according to the October AAII Asset Allocation Survey. Fixed-income allocations also rose, while equity allocations declined. Stock and stock fund allocations declined 0.6 percentage points, to 64.7%....

For the last several years, it has been a struggle for investors to find reliable sources of investment income. It used to be easy to earn generous income safely from your investments: Buy Treasury bonds or certificates of deposit and simple collect the cash from them. But with...

The election day is just 11 days away, thank goodness. As it nears, articles and reports are appearing about the election’s impact on the market. We’re going to discuss the data in the November Stock Superstars Report, which will be posted online Friday evening, but I’ll share...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Cash Dividend Types, Dates and Taxes Though most investors know that a cash dividend is the distribution of money to shareholders, dividend terminology is not as well-understood....

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: The 10 Myths of Retirement Planning Retirement planning requires a clear-eyed analysis of future needs and income, but many individuals view retirement through rose-colored glasses. Here...

Since the financial crisis of 2008, central banks around the globe have been working to jumpstart economies and stock markets. The main tool has been “quantitative easing” or QE–a monetary policy of purchasing government securities or other securities from the...

Higher levels of confidence about one’s ability to invest lead to worse returns. I realize that this may seem counterintuitive to some of you, but this is the conclusion of a study accepted by the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance (an earlier version of the study...

A Chicago Tribune article by Kiplinger’s Anne Kate Smith discusses the impact of asset allocation on portfolio performance. It states that research has shown that 88% of a portfolio’s movement is attributable to asset allocation. While the article also says that research...