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…

 

The Basics of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   A Look Back at History: Lessons From the Financial Crisis Three columns that provide a flashback to the last bear market and contain lessons that are still very valid today. Looking back over time, the stock market has been a very good investment, outperforming…

 

Coming Out Ahead by Doing Less

It’s easy to adhere to an investment strategy when you don’t have to do very much. Such is the case with the approach I use to manage my 403(b) account, which is similar to a 401(k) account. When I recently looked at my account, there was nothing for me to do. No changes were required….

 

May AAII Journal Update

Feature Article » The Basics of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by Jaclyn N. McClellan These investment trusts provide direct exposure to real estate and are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income.   Portfolio Strategies » The Impact of Saving Versus Return on Wealth by Craig Israelsen Younger savers benefit more…

 

Portfolio Optimization Isn’t Necessarily Worth the Effort

A few weeks ago, I offered a list of what assets an individual investor needs to hold in their portfolio. Second in order of importance on my list—behind stocks, bonds and cash—were REITs (real estate investment trusts). These real estate investments offer a dual benefit of diversification and favorable returns. I bring this up because…

 

An EZ Approach to ETF Portfolio Building

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   AAII Model Fund Portfolio: Don’t Fear Real Estate or the Stock Market Real estate has been underperforming; this is mirrored by the performance of the Model Fund portfolio’s exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests in real estate investment trusts (REITs). It is not unusual for…

 

Protect Your Capital – Never Chase High Yield

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Interest Rate Sensitivity and Bond Pricing How can it be that there are times when “safe” assets such as high-quality corporate bonds or U.S. Treasuries exhibit levels of price volatility that may normally be associated with the stock market? This article outlines a set…