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…

 

Don’t Like Volatility? Take a Longer-Term View

“Financial advisers need to show their clients what the distributions of stock returns are over time.” This paraphrased recommendation was given by University of Chicago professor Eugene Fama at a CFA Chicago Society event held last week. The comment was in reference to what happens to returns the longer an investor remains allocated to stocks….

 

Bogle’s Allocation and Other Morningstar Conference Notes

Special Note: We’re announcing today that Fidelity Investments’ senior investment strategist Bruce Johnstone will be a keynote speaker at this year’s upcoming AAII Investor Conference. Johnstone was previously ranked as the #1 equity-income fund manager during his tenure as portfolio manager of Fidelity’s Equity-Income Fund. To see Johnstone and the other great speakers we have…

 

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…

 

6 Questions With John Bogle

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: The Top Mutual Funds Over Five Years: Health Care Remains on Top: Health care has not only remained the best-performing category, it now boasts seven of the 10 funds with the highest five-year returns. Six Questions With John Bogle: The founder of Vanguard explains how…