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One fear many investors have is incurring a large drop in the stock market. “Major drawdowns,” as defined by AQR Capital Management, are those where prices drop by at least 20% from peak to trough. The investment firm counts 11 such drops as having occurred in the stock market...

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...

Ahead of this year’s Financial Analyst Seminar (FAS), the CFA Institute sent attendees reading material for a case study on bitcoin. The case study centered around a hedge fund manager who was asked by a large client why he wasn’t allocating to bitcoin. Keep in mind, this assignment...

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...

Last week’s commentary about how tolerance for risk changes with age prompted a few readers to respond. Most of the emails I received focused on defining what risk is. In the world of finance, risk has more than one definition. Risk questionnaires often try to assess a person’s...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Achieving Greater Long-Term Wealth Through Index Funds John “Jack” Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group of mutual funds, chats with AAII Journal editor Charles Rotblut about why...

William “Bill” Bengen, whose 1994 study introduced the concept of the 4% withdrawal rate for retirees, recently participated in a question and answer session on social media website Reddit. The conversation focused on retirement withdrawal strategies and portfolio allocation....

While working on a new presentation about portfolio strategies, it occurred to me that there is an important question I should address: What investments does an individual investor need in their portfolio? Not specific names, but rather what types of investments. It’s a question...

Two special notes before I start this week’s commentary. First, L’Shanah Tovah to those of you celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Second, though our Investor Conference is getting close to selling out, there is still time to register. You will want to hurry because late fee pricing...

Feature: Portfolio Strategies » Solving the Problem of Retirement by Paul Merriman Retirement places potentially unlimited demands on finite savings, but there are three actions investors can take to mitigate the problem. Stock Strategies » Three Value-Investing Benchmarks by...