IRAs and an Opportunity for Tax Arbitrage

The new tax law provides a few incentives for taking advantage of Roth IRAs and similar types of retirement accounts. It also preserves the contribution limits in effect prior to this year for both tax-deferred and aftertax accounts. Roth IRA conversions, however, can no longer be undone. I bring this up now because you currently…

 

Volatility, and Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees

The return of downside volatility has exposed problems with perception and with certain exchange-traded products. On Tuesday, the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times declared, “Dow’s Historic Drop: 1,175-point plunge—its biggest one-day loss in history—puts the once-roaring 2018 market in the red.” The headline correctly reported how much the blue-chip average fell, but it failed…

 

The February 2018 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

Feature Article » The Individual Investor’s Guide to the Top Mutual Funds 2018 by AAII Staff Our annual mutual fund guide provides information and performance statistics on nearly 1,600 funds on AAII.com.   Departments » Briefly Noted Current news items of interest to individual investors. Retirement Doesn’t Negatively Impact Health Prioritizing HSA Contributions and 401(k)…

 

Two Important Rules Go Into Effect on Monday

Starting on Monday, industry regulator FINRA will require brokers to ask for a trusted contact when an individual investor opens an account or a firm is updating client information. A trusted contact is a person the brokerage firm can contact if financial exploitation is suspected. A brokerage firm may also rely on the trusted contact…

 

AAII’s Top Articles for February 2016

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

 

10 Basic Axioms to Follow to Reach Your Retirement Goals

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: Increasing Retirement Withdrawal Rates Through Asset Allocation: The optimal equity allocation depends on market valuations, though a fixed 60% stock/40% Treasury bill allocation works well overall. The Individual Investor’s Guide to the Top Mutual Funds 2016: AAII’s annual mutual fund guide provides information and performance…

 

Lessons Learned From Many Years of Investing

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: Lessons Learned From Many Years of Investing: Doing the math, having a good understanding of market and economic history and paying attention to valuations are key to long-term investing success. Follow the Fed, but Be Smart About It: Small-cap stocks thrive during periods of expansive…

 

The Individual Investor’s Guide to the Top Mutual Funds 2016

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: The Individual Investor’s Guide to the Top Mutual Funds 2016: AAII’s annual mutual fund guide provides information and performance statistics on more than 730 funds. The Truth About Top-Performing Mutual Fund Managers: Top-performing mutual fund managers will likely underperform their benchmarks at some point, but investors…