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Carl Richards is a certified financial planner, director of investor education for the BAM Alliance, and creator of the weekly Sketch Guy column at The New York Times. He spoke to AAII about the benefits of having an easy-to-follow financial plan. Could you explain what a financial...

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of the AAII Journal. There are many complex rules governing Social Security benefits. However, four key points can help you make an informed decision about when to claim benefits. To simplify the discussion, several assumptions...

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of the AAII Journal. How can you make sure you never run out of money in retirement, even though you don’t know exactly how long you’ll need it? In the past, one simple and elegant solution to the above problem was...

As I said last year, Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) shareholders is on my must-read list, and I suggest adding it to yours as well. His letters always provide investing insights written in Buffett’s folksy but outspoken manner. This year’s letter...

A new study is highly critical of the retirement planning tools available online. The authors, including financial planning expert Harold Evensky, called the advice provided from the majority of these tools “extremely misleading.” We discuss the study in the online version...

This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Now that your once-distant dream of retirement is at hand, it can be an unsettling switch from being a saver to being a spender. It means having an entirely new approach to your money. It can be tough regardless...

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. William “Bill” Sharpe is the STANCO 25 Professor of Finance, Emeritus, at Stanford University, recipient of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and a co-founder of Financial Engines Inc....

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. You’ve spent a lifetime investing and planning for your retirement. Utilizing intelligent cash flow strategies during your retirement will help you enjoy it. What factors do you need to take into...

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for January 2016 (based on unique page views): 16 Financial Ratios for Analyzing a Company’s Strengths and Weaknesses These 16 ratios enable investors to compare the fiscal strength, profitability and efficiency of two or more companies. The...

Momentum indicators are commonly used to find winners. Winners are stocks with comparatively higher price returns. In normal market conditions, momentum indicators work well on an aggregate basis. Momentum indicators can lose their usefulness in turbulent market conditions, in...