The August 2017 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

  Feature Article: Exchange Traded Funds » The Individual Investor’s Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds 2017 Detailed return information and data on more than 500 exchange-traded products, including an overview of the ETF industry. Exchange-Traded Funds » The Four Groups of ETFs by Elisabeth Kashner Viewing ETFs as being vanilla, active, strategic or idiosyncratic makes it…

 

What Every Investor Should Know About Mutual Funds

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Tracking the S&P 500 With Mutual Funds and ETFs There are more than 40 mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) widely available to investors that explicitly list the S&P 500 in their name. These funds track the large-cap index or follow a strategy based…

 

Are ETFs “Weapons of Mass Destruction”?

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   A Worksheet Approach to Selecting a Financial Planner Most individuals interview potential financial advisers before making a final selection to help them determine whether they are making the right choice. But what questions should you ask? The purpose of this article is to give…

 

An EZ Approach to ETF Portfolio Building

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   AAII Model Fund Portfolio: Don’t Fear Real Estate or the Stock Market Real estate has been underperforming; this is mirrored by the performance of the Model Fund portfolio’s exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests in real estate investment trusts (REITs). It is not unusual for…

 

A Simple Solution to Offering an Active ETF

Three new exchange-traded funds began trading today: Davis Select U.S. Equity (DUSA), Davis Select Financial (DFNL) and Davis Select Worldwide (DWLD). Normally such an event is not particularly noteworthy from our viewpoint. The launches of these funds are, however. They are actively managed equity ETFs based on strategies used for Davis Advisors’ mutual funds, separately…

 

Not Clear That Mutual Funds Are Becoming More Tax Friendly

This is the time of year when mutual funds make their annual distributions. The distributions, in this case, involve capital gains and ordinary income. They are the profits realized by the funds, most commonly through the sale of their portfolio’s holdings. To the extent that these gains cannot be offset by losses, they are passed…

 

Inside ETFs

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Like mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a way for investors to participate in the stock, bond and commodity markets; achieve a diversified portfolio; and gain access to a broad array of investment strategies. What are ETFs and how do they work? The…

 

How Risky are ETFs?

The August 24 “flash crash” has some industry experts questioning the safety of ETFs, according to a Wall Street Journal article. ETFs, or exchange-traded funds, offer investors the diversification of a closed-end mutual fund but differ in that they trade on exchanges all day like stocks. Beyond offering the ability to trade like stocks, ETFs…

 

AAII Weekly Features: How Interest Rates Affect the Price of Bonds

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlights these valuable AAII articles: Frontier Markets Offer Growth From a Very Diverse Set of Economies How Interest Rate Changes Affect the Price of Bonds Driving Emotions From Your Investment Process: A 12-Step Program A Look Inside Exchange-Traded Funds The featured AAII stock screen this week is the Graham Enterprising…