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When evaluating most investments, either initially or periodically, smart investors use financial statements, conduct credible analysis and seek genuine expertise. Cash-value life insurance (e.g., whole life, universal life, etc.) can be a terrific product, providing both financial...

The mission of AAII for nearly 40 years has been to help individual investors become better managers of their own assets. Our readers and members tend to be self-directed investors who do their own research and manage their own accounts. AAII Weekly Survey Question However, to get...

Editor’s Note: Portions of this article were excerpted with permission of the publisher, John Wiley & Sons (www.wiley.com), from “Getting Started in Finding a Financial Advisor,” by Chuck Jaffe. Copyright 2010 by Chuck Jaffe. You would think figuring out who to turn...

As investors, it’s hard to ignore the run the stock market has been on since November. Last week the Dow Jones industrial average pushed through the 21,000 mark only 24 trading days after clearing 20,000, tying the record for the quickest 1,000-point move from one millennium...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Focus on the Value of a Business, Not the Stock’s Valuation Valuation ratios do not tell you what you are getting for your money, whereas intrinsic value allows you to assess the...

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...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   The Tax Advantages of Qualified Charitable Distributions From IRAs The U.S. tax code allows someone who is already at least age 70½—not someone who will turn 70½ later this year—to...

Many do-it-yourself investors may wonder if this article is relevant to their situation. But think about your life during retirement and your interest may change. As we age, it’s common for even do-it-yourself investors to seek the services of a financial adviser, especially in...

Warren Buffett said that among the lessons he learned from Benjamin Graham was that “price is what you pay, value is what you get.” Though Buffett used the phrase in a discussion about bonds and stocks in his 2008 letter to Berkshire-Hathaway shareholders, the adage applies...

What’s the key to making good investment choices? It isn’t necessary to understand the inner workings of the securities markets or the mathematical economies underlying investment theory. Instead, 10 axioms of effective investing provide the critical cornerstone for...