Keeping Track of Your Portfolio – What to Monitor and When

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Allocating to Manage Risk: A Case Study A follow up to analysis AAII published 20 years ago of a fictional couple’s exposure to downside risk that looked to see what would happen to the couple’s portfolio should financial markets suffer a severe drop. More…

 

Majority of Readers Worry About Market Downturn in Coming Months

Since early November, U.S. stocks have been on an upward trajectory. Between the close on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and the close on Friday, July 21, the S&P 500 has seen a price gain of 15.6% (excluding dividends). Tech stocks have fared even better, as the Nasdaq Composite has logged a 23% gain over the same…

 

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…

 

Two Traits that Give Active Mutual Funds an Edge

American Funds says that some actively managed funds are better than passive (index) funds. Specifically, the company argues that actively managed funds with low expense ratios and high levels of manager ownership (a group that Amercian Funds calls “Select Active”) outperform their index peers. The outperformance is evident over one-, three-, five-, and 10-year rolling…

 

Coping With the Frustrating Market

Mr. Market started 2016 on the wrong foot, and his mood has gotten worse throughout this month. Barring a big rebound next week, this will be the third consecutive year the S&P 500 has declined in January—something that has only happened two other times since 1950. The index may also come close to breaking, or…