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Overloading on debt is expensive. In addition, credit can be an important lifeline in the event of a crisis, and if you have used all your credit, you have removed a valuable cushion of security. Debt is a major hindrance to achieving financial security for many Americans. Here...

Not only has volatility left the building, it appears to have climbed on to a hammock to take a summer’s nap. Yesterday, the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s Volatility Index (the CBOE’s VIX) closed below 10 for the 10th consecutive day. Some perspective will help put the...

Many employees think of their 401(k) plan allocations in isolation. But if you are married and your spouse works, you are both likely contributing to employee-sponsored plans. And if that is indeed the case, your allocation approaches should be “married” as well. After...

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...