Some Perspective on Buybacks Given Recent Criticism

Buybacks have been put back into the spotlight as boogeymen. Earlier this week, Senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed in The New York Times attacking share repurchases. Among their accusations were that stock buybacks mostly benefit the wealthy and divert money from being spent on capital expenditures, salary increases and other worker benefits. It’s…

 

The Earnings Quality Indicator Used by ETFs

Look under the hood of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) incorporating a quality factor and you will often find accruals being used. An accrual is an accounting entry recorded at the time a transaction occurs, regardless of whether not payment has been made. Accrual accounting allows businesses to report their sales and earnings performance without being beholden…

 

How to Measure the Skills of Your Fund Manager

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: How to Measure the Skills of Your Fund Manager: The statistical measure R-squared can reveal whether a fund manager is a closet indexer or is truly following a strategy different than the benchmark index. What Exactly Do Online Investment Advisory Services Do?: In contrast with…

 

AAII’s Top Articles for January 2016

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for January 2016 (based on unique page views): 16 Financial Ratios for Analyzing a Company’s Strengths and Weaknesses These 16 ratios enable investors to compare the fiscal strength, profitability and efficiency of two or more companies. The Top 10 Economic Indicators: What to Watch and Why Everyone…

 

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for October

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for October  16 Financial Ratios for Analyzing a Company’s Strengths and Weaknesses An in-depth look at the most commonly used financial ratios used for analyzing a company. The article includes a downloadable spreadsheet that automatically calculates these ratios using financial statement inputs you provide. This article has generated 12 comments. The…

 

AAII Weekly Features–Investing Strategies for an Irrational Brain

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: Investing Strategies for an Irrational Brain Quiz: Five Key Financial Concepts How Big is Longevity Risk? The Cash Flow Statement: Tracing the Sources and Uses of Cash The featured AAII stock screen this week is the Dogs of the Dow: Low Priced 5 approach. Our…