How We Define Risk

The potential of losing money by investing in the stock market has become front and center over the past several weeks. The decline in the S&P 500 index and the bigger drops in other indexes and stocks has drawn attention. It has also led to the usual chatter about what the downside volatility means and…

 

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…

 

AAII Readers Reveal How They Select Mutual Funds & ETFs

A mutual fund is an investment vehicle made up of a pool of funds collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets. An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is an investment fund traded on stock exchanges, much like stocks. An ETF holds assets such…

 

Market Movement’s Impact on Portfolio Rebalancing

Sometimes, the market does the hard work for you. Such is the case with my 403(b) account, which is similar to a 401(k) account. Over the weekend, I looked at it for the first time in six months. I could have easily skipped doing so because Mr. Market took care of things for me. There…

 

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for August 2016

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for August 2016 (based on unique page views):   The Top 10 Economic Indicators: What to Watch and Why Everyone wants to keep a pulse on the economy, but no one wants to wade through the massive volume of statistics. A look at the top 10 economic…

 

The Individual Investor’s Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds 2016

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: AAII Model Portfolio Update: Introducing the Level3 Passive Portfolio AAII’s founder, James Cloonan, introduces his new Level3 Passive Portfolio, which is based on research carried out for the writing of his forthcoming book “Investing at Level3.” It is an ETF portfolio of index funds meant to…

 

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for June 2016

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for June 2016 (based on unique page views): Achieving Greater Long-Term Wealth Through Index Funds John “Jack” Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group of mutual funds, chats with AAII Journal editor Charles Rotblut about why he favors broad market index funds, as well as his thoughts about…

 

Investors Have Varied Definitions of Risk

Risk plays a pivotal role in investing, yet a universal definition is elusive. Merriam-Webster defines risk as: the possibility of loss or injury someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract; also the degree of probability of such loss…

 

Notes From the Morningstar Investment Conference

This week, Morningstar held its annual Investment Conference. Attended primarily by financial advisers, the conference is notable for both its size and its mutual fund focus (though there were sessions on other topics). This week, I’ll share some of my notes and observations. You’ll see a few articles resulting from meetings I had at the…

 

Why a New Asset Allocation Approach is Needed

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Why a New Allocation Approach is Needed: The traditional way of allocating portfolios costs investors significant wealth and fails to consider how risk actually occurs in the real world. In his forthcoming book, “Investing at Level3,” AAII founder James Cloonan challenges the traditional manner in which…