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…

 

The Different Types of Risk

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 willingness to incur a drop in a…

 

Bill Bengen Discusses His Retirement Withdrawal Strategy

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. I’ll provide some highlights here. The full exchange is interesting, though you will want to set…

 

What Investments Do You Need?

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 that is not necessarily easy for many investors to answer. It’s…

 

It’s Not Just the Fed’s Balance Sheet That’s Changing

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 will go into effect on Monday, September 25. The event…

 

The July 2017 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

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 Gary Smith The valuation models espoused by John Burr Williams, Robert Shiller and John Bogle can…