Causes of Financial Stress

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Your Portfolio: Maintaining Perspective Given the recent bumps in the stock market, we revisit an article written in late 2008, during the last market meltdown to give you some perspective. Financial turmoil can prompt an emotional response that causes investors to flee stock holdings. But…

 

How to Increase Aftertax Returns by Doing Less

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Guidance on How to Follow the Level3 Passive Portfolio This portfolio of four exchange-traded funds (ETFs) should not have many changes. Many investors should be able to rebalance through additions or withdrawals. For Bucket Portfolios, the Devil Is in the Details Guidance on implementing a…

 

Diverging Opinions on Active Management

Time in the Market Influences Millennials’ Investing Attitudes Millennial investors have often been described as being overly conservative with their portfolio allocations. New research backs up that assertion, as there is a small, but significantly sized, group that is far underweighted in equities. Observations From Decades of Tracking Investment Newsletters There is often little persistence…

 

How Many Stocks Do You Need to Be Diversified?

Diversifying Through Reinsurance and Marketplace Lending Interval Funds With equity valuations at historically high levels and bond yields at historically low levels, investors are searching for alternatives to the traditional 60% stock/40% bond portfolio. Alternative investments such as reinsurance and marketplace lending provide diversification through exposure to different forms of risk. Observations From Decades of…

 

For Bucket Portfolios, the Devil Is in the Details

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   The Trinity Portfolio: Combining Diversification, Tilts and Trend-Following Cambria Investment Management’s Trinity Portfolio is named for the portfolio’s three core elements: 1) assets diversified across a global investment set; 2) tilts toward investments exhibiting value and momentum traits; and 3) exposure to trend-following. In…

 

The Number of Investments to Hold in Your Portfolio

The number of investments required to be adequately diversified depends on a few factors. For most individual investors, the number is not very high. It does depend on what is held in the portfolio and the dollar size of the portfolio overall. This week, I provide a few guidelines. Let’s start with stocks. We suggest…

 

Global Stock and Bond Diversification With Just 2 ETFs

This fall, individual investors could be able to use just two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to diversify both globally and by asset class. The annual expense of such a portfolio will be about one-tenth of a penny per dollar invested, exclusive of any transaction costs. Vanguard filed a preliminary registration statement with the U.S. Securities and…

 

Picking a Rate of Return to Use for Long-Term Planning

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Searching for Future Stock Market Winners A study of past big winners identified common traits centered around value, earnings growth and price momentum. The process of creating a stock selection strategy based on characteristics that have worked well in the past must take into…

 

Your Portfolio – Maintaining Perspective

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Allocating to Manage Risk: A Case Study The downside risk a retired couple’s portfolio faces is examined, along with a strategy to reduce the damage of turbulent market conditions. A Former Hedge Fund Manager’s Contrarian Strategy A former hedge fund manager discusses how the…