James O’Shaughnessy’s Tiny Titans Stand Tall in 2018

Mighty Minis: Tiny Titans Stand Tall in 2018 Our annual recap of the AAII Stock Ideas almost had a repeat of last year’s “worst to first” turnaround. This year’s top-performing AAII screening strategy ranked near the bottom in 2017. We also discuss some important and useful changes we have made to the Stock Ideas section…

 

A Few Personal Thoughts in Remembrance of John Bogle

As you have likely heard, Vanguard founder John (“Jack”) Bogle passed away yesterday. He was 89. Bogle not only founded the mutual fund giant Vanguard, but his influence on the world of investing will be felt for generations to come. This week, I’m going to share some of my thoughts and memories of him. If…

 

The January 2019 AAII Journal is Now Available Online.

COVER ARTICLE The Position of the Individual Investor By James B. Cloonan Looking back on the occasion of the AAII Journal’s 40th anniversary: This article originally appeared in the second issue of the AAII Journal, March–April 1979, and set the stage for AAII’s mission.   IN THIS ISSUE Steps You Can Take to Reduce the…

 

Actionable Steps for the Current Market

As a follow-up to last week’s commentary about the recent bout of downside volatility and how many stocks are performing worse than the major indexes, I want to discuss strategies this week. Specifically, actionable steps you can take between now and the end of the year. None of these will be purely tactical in nature (e.g., “reduce…

 

Getting the Same Return With Less Risk – The Power of Factors

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Model Shadow Stock Portfolio: Why Quarterly Reviews Still Make Sense The Model Shadow Stock Portfolio has been reviewed quarterly to determine stock sales and additions since its inception dating back to 1993. In a world of 24/7 communications and interaction, the notion of waiting…

 

The October 2018 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

COVER ARTICLE Getting the Same Return With Less Risk: The Power of Factors By Larry Swedroe, Charles Rotblut, CFA Using factors to diversify a portfolio can pull in extreme annual returns without lowering long-term expected returns.     Editor’s Note By Charles Rotblut, CFA Two articles this month tackle the issue of how to manage…

 

The Origins of the AAII Model Shadow Stock Portfolio

AAII InvestoGraphic: Adjusting Overweight Positions Allowing a portfolio position to become oversized relative to your other holdings undermines the concept of diversification. This AAII InvestoGraphic offers guidance on how to pare down a position in a stock whose gains have caused it to have an outsized weighting relative to the other portfolio positions. The Model…

 

Some Thoughts About Allocating to Cash

One of the Briefly Noted columns appearing in next month’s AAII Journal will give tips on what to do during each of the five years leading up to retirement. In the column, we reference AAII founder James Cloonan’s Level3 withdrawal rules. Among those rules is allocating an amount equivalent to two to four years of…

 

Projecting an Aging Parent’s Finances

In assisting my mother-in-law with her finances, one of the things I’ve done is to project how long her savings will last. I’m monitoring her income, spending and savings to ensure she is able to live comfortably now and still has enough to cover future potential living and care expenses. Since it may be of…