AAII Survey: Most Investors Believe Future Retirees Will Be Worse Off Than Those Already Retired

The goal of every generation should be to leave the world in better shape than they found it and to be better off than previous generations. That was the case for generations up until the Baby Boomers. Since then, uncertainty has crept into the equation. Ask today’s millennials and Gen-Z’ers and they are far less optimistic…

 

10 Axioms For Reaching Your Retirement Goals

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 guiding investment philosophy and making decisions. This will ensure that you meet the universal goal of creating…

 

The 10 Myths of Retirement Planning

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: The 10 Myths of Retirement Planning Retirement planning requires a clear-eyed analysis of future needs and income, but many individuals view retirement through rose-colored glasses. Here are some of the most common myths and how you can bring reality into focus. The Importance of Diversification…

 

Retirement Can Be Long Enough for Something to Go Haywire

An interesting point was brought up at this week’s CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Seminar: retirement is a long enough period of time for something to go haywire. The point was brought up by Barton Waring, a retired chief investor officer for Barclays (which is now BlackRock). He raised the topic during a discussion about retirement…

 

Where Is the Bond Armageddon?

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published an article headlined, “Rock-Bottom Bond Yields in Europe Hit All-Time Lows.” Thursday morning, a headline on The Financial Times’ website declared: “Relentless: Bund Yields Take Fresh Step Down.” The headlines were written in reaction to what is occurring in global bond markets. Earlier today, yields on the 10-year…

 

AAII’s Top Articles for May 2016

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for May 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 indicators…

 

Retirement Portfolio Survival: A 90-Year Study

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Retirement Portfolio Survival: A 90-Year Study: While a conservative allocation lasts 35 years at a 3% withdrawal rate, higher withdrawal rates require greater exposure to stocks. The measure of success in this study is whether or not a retirement portfolio can survive intact for at least…

 

Momentum Investing & Turbulent Markets Don’t Mix

Momentum indicators are commonly used to find winners. Winners are stocks with comparatively higher price returns. In normal market conditions, momentum indicators work well on an aggregate basis. Momentum indicators can lose their usefulness in turbulent market conditions, in the initial rebound period following a bear market or during slowing economic conditions. I’ve noticed the…