Helpful Steps My Late Father-in-Law Took

My father-in-law passed last week. Les was a person who was willing to take risks when the potential payoff seemed to warrant doing so. This led him to stop his graduate school studies at the University of Chicago and join what was then a brand-new government agency: NASA. His attitude toward risk carried over to…

 

AAII Readers Reveal Their Greatest Financial Planning Concerns

We are now less than two months from the April 18 federal tax filing deadline. Taxes are traditionally due on April 15, but the IRS pushes off the due date if it falls on a weekend or holiday. This year, April 15 falls on a Saturday. The next business day, Monday, April 17, is a holiday…

 

An Election Trend That Might Not Be Repeatable

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 some of the data here as well. Rather…

 

A Request to Parents of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers

To parents of my fellow Generation X members, as well as parents of Baby Boomers, we—your adult sons and daughters—want to hear from you. We want to know how your health is. We want to know how financially stable you are. We want to hear about any potential problems as soon as they occur, not…

 

Retirement Can Be Long Enough for Something to Go Haywire

An interesting point was brought up at this week’s CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Seminar: retirement is a long enough period of time for something to go haywire. The point was brought up by Barton Waring, a retired chief investor officer for Barclays (which is now BlackRock). He raised the topic during a discussion about retirement…

 

10 Steps to Avoiding Ponzi Schemes & Financial Fraud

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Steps to Smoothly Transfer Control of Your Family’s Finances: Succession planning for the “family CFO” is the most commonly neglected component of most families’ financial planning, but it is one of the most important actions that will determine the ability of your “Family Inc.” to thrive…

 

The Top Mutual Funds Over Five Years: Health Care Remains on Top

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: The Top Mutual Funds Over Five Years: Health Care Remains on Top: Health care has not only remained the best-performing category, it now boasts seven of the 10 funds with the highest five-year returns. The Right Type of Life Insurance for Your Estate Planning Needs:…

 

Making Use of IRAs as Part of an Estate Plan

This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. There are effective uses of an IRA as part of the estate planning process that most retirees have prepared for. These steps include: Taking taxable withdrawals from your IRA when your tax bracket is lowest, often right after retirement, Completing your beneficiary designation forms in…

 

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…

 

10 Common Mistakes Made With Beneficiary Designations

This article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Estate planning truly is the ultimate gift for your loved ones. A comprehensive estate plan should always include a review of the titles and beneficiary designations for all assets. You want to ensure they are consistent with your estate planning goals. Otherwise, unintended…