May AAII Journal Update

Feature Article » The Basics of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by Jaclyn N. McClellan These investment trusts provide direct exposure to real estate and are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income.   Portfolio Strategies » The Impact of Saving Versus Return on Wealth by Craig Israelsen Younger savers benefit more…

 

Should You Maintain an Allocation to Bonds When Current Rates Are Low?

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Closed-End Bond Funds Versus Individual Bonds: A Case Study Closed-end bonds may look attractive based on their yields and discounts to net asset value, but there are pitfalls to watch out for. This article is a case study of a defined-maturity closed-end fund. The…

 

Retirement Withdrawal Calculator

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Five Strategies for Withdrawing From Retirement Savings The 4% rule has long been the standard model for drawing down savings in retirement. It is not the only approach to retirement income, however. BlackRock offers five alternatives for making withdrawals. In doing so, the firm…

 

The September 2017 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

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 With Asset Allocation by Stephen E. Wilcox Strategically taking into consideration both tax laws and the…

 

AAII’s Best of the Web – Portfolio Tracking, Analysis & Optimization

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Model Shadow Stock Portfolio: Handling Major Financial Statement Revisions Major revisions to financial statements have been rare among Shadow Stocks; their mere occurrence is not reason alone for a stock’s removal. Jim Cloonan offers his latest quarterly review of the AAII Model Shadow Stock…

 

The Importance of Diversification in Retirement Portfolios

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of the AAII Journal. Building a retirement portfolio that won’t run out before we do is a significant challenge of the new “living longer” era. How important is diversification across asset classes to this goal? A recent analysis by Craig L. Israelsen, Ph.D., looked at various portfolios…