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Since the launch of the first public index mutual fund on December 31, 1975, mutual funds have been a popular vehicle for investors to invest in a basket of stocks as an easy means of achieving portfolio diversification. In the 23 years since the first exchange-traded fund (ETF)...

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...

Effective this week, just about anyone in the U.S. can play the role of venture capitalist. New crowdfunding rules went into effect on Monday that allow non-accredited investors to risk up to $2,000 or 5% of their annual income or net worth (whichever is less) in a start-up company...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: The Top Mutual Funds Over Five Years: Health Care Remains on Top: Health care has been one of the best-performing mutual fund categories for each of the last five years. It was the top fund...

This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. After any major stock market rally, investors should examine each of their mutual funds to assess whether the manager must remain fully invested or has the ability to raise cash in the absence of acceptable...

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...

This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Many articles exist on how to use financial data to pick solid mutual funds. But what comes after screening based on quantitative metrics? What about the other side of fund selection—the qualitative...

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...

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Like mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a way for investors to participate in the stock, bond and commodity markets; achieve a diversified portfolio; and gain access to a broad array of...

According to the Investment Company Institute’s Fact Book, in 2015, there were over 16,000 mutual funds, closed-end funds and exchange-traded funds. This is more than the current number of stocks listed on the NASDAQ, NYSE and Amex exchanges. [Editor’s note: As of January 31,...