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The following is an excerpt of my weekly commentary for AAII’s Stock Superstars Report from October 20, 2017. As you may have heard, yesterday (Thursday) marked the 30th anniversary of “Black Monday,” the biggest one-day stock market decline in Wall Street history. These...

This month there is one portfolio deletion and one portfolio addition for the SSR tracking portfolio. For more information on this month’s portfolio changes, read the November SSR Monthly Report. October Market Recap The U.S. stock market kept churning away in October as the...

Individuals have varying needs for assets that are readily available. How does one decide the appropriate level? A Keynesian analysis comes from the late Baron of Tilton. How much of a liquid balance should investment portfolios contain? That question crops up frequently in financial...

A study showing that most stocks have failed to outperform one-month Treasury bills has been the topic of some discussion this year. The analysis, conducted by Arizona State University finance professor Hendrick Bessembinder, found that slightly more than four out of seven stocks...

After experiencing some all-time-low volatility, it appears the U.S. stock market is seeing an uptick in volatility. On July 26, the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, widely considered to be Wall Street’s “fear gauge,” fell to its lowest level on record. Leading...

With tens of millions of baby boomers already retired millions and more likely to enter retirement in the next decade, the hard truth is that only a small minority are accumulating enough savings to provide for their income needs during decades in retirement. This uncomfortable...

Setting up a reasonable and workable investment plan is one of the most important decisions an investor can make. But once that decision is made, an investor’s work is only half done. An equally important task consists of monitoring the portfolio to make sure it is conforming...

No matter your political affiliation, the goings-on in Washington, D.C., has had an impact on investors over the last several months. Post-election, U.S. stocks rose strongly in the hopes of increased infrastructure spending, lower taxes and reduced regulations. Eventually, though,...

Dividend yields, price-earnings ratios and cyclically adjusted price-earnings ratios have long been used to forecast long-term stock returns, which may lead some investors to believe that these multiples can also be valuable tools for asset allocation. A dividend yield (D/P) is...

We all want to achieve retirement security—and to maintain our sanity during volatile market periods. If we could only predict tomorrow’s markets, we would handily satisfy these needs—we would be able to sell before a market decline and buy at the bottom. Truth be told,...