Are ETFs “Weapons of Mass Destruction”?

A Bloomberg article quoted a money manager as saying that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are “‘weapons of mass destruction’ that have distorted stock prices and created the potential for a market selloff.” According to the managers of the FPA Capital Fund (FPPTX), ETFs (and index funds) allow investors to invest in equities without needing to rely…

 

Most AAII Readers Conduct Their Own Research of Mutual Funds & ETFs

The February 2017 issue of the AAII Journal contains the updated Individual Investor’s Guide to the Top Mutual Funds. This valuable member benefit included 728 in the print version, while online there is information covering nearly 1,600 funds. AAII members that are new to mutual fund investing also have access to explanatory articles in the Funds/ETFs section…

 

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…

 

Vanguard Dominates Top Investor Holdings

Many investors say that buying a stock, ETF or mutual fund is the easiest part of investing. The hard part comes when deciding when to sell. On the surface, selling a stock may be easier than selling a mutual fund or ETF because there are more quantitative variables to analyze–growth rates, valuations, ratios, etc.–helping you…

 

Using ETFs to Identify Quality Stocks

If one were to survey investors about what traits make a stock attractive, the top of the list would include an attractive valuation, a reasonable expectation of a price increase (particularly sooner rather than later), a sound underlying business model and good fundamentals. The first two traits are easy to identify: seek out below-average valuations…

 

Analyzing a Stock by Its Dividend and Shareholder Yield

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: High Buyback Yields James O’Shaughnessy, in the fourth edition of his book “What Works on Wall Street” found that stocks with the highest buyback yield (top 10%) outperformed the overall stock universe by an average of 3.2 percentage points a year from the start of 1927…

 

John Bogle on Achieving Greater Long-Term Wealth Through Index Funds

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: A Second Look at How Target Date Funds Change Their Allocations Target date funds offer the premise of a one-stop solution for investors seeking professional allocation strategies. They are commonplace in 401(k) and other similar employer-sponsored retirement plans (aka, defined-contribution plans). The simplicity of target date…

 

Is Your Diversified Fund Portfolio Truly Diversified?

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: The Top Mutual Funds Over Five Years: Health Care Remains on Top: Health care has been one of the best-performing mutual fund categories for each of the last five years. It was the top fund category in 2015 and the only category besides the technology sector…

 

Defined-Maturity Funds: A Bond Alternative With Compromises

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of the AAII Journal. Interested in the benefits that individual bonds can offer, but not ready for the complications? The hybrid defined-maturity bond funds are one alternative. What are they and what do you need to know before investing? As the name implies, defined-maturity bonds cease…