AAII’s Top Articles for January 2016

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 Top 10 Economic Indicators: What to Watch and Why Everyone…

 

Momentum Investing & Turbulent Markets Don’t Mix

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 the initial rebound period following a bear market or during slowing economic conditions. I’ve noticed the…

 

Changes to Social Security Claiming Strategies

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: The Changes to Social Security Claiming Strategies: Couples will no longer be able to use file and suspend and restricted applications, increasing the importance of considering each spouse’s longevity. The Mathematics of Retirement Portfolios: The amount saved, the allocation followed and the withdrawal rate chosen…

 

How the Sequence of Investment Returns Affects Your Wealth

This article originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of the AAII Journal. It’s a fact that the order in which you experience positive and negative returns significantly impacts how your portfolio performs. The big uncertainty is what actual sequence of returns you will experience in the future. It is impossible to predict how the markets will perform…

 

Readjust Your Focus When Planning for Retirement

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Michael Falk is a partner with Focus Consulting Group and the chief strategist on a global hedge fund. His background includes extensive asset allocation research and portfolio development expertise along with a multi-faceted understanding of behavioral finance and retirement issues. He spoke to…

 

Don’t Underestimate Health Care Costs in Retirement

In a recent Bankrate.com article, Sheyna Steiner cautions would-be retirees to expect health care costs in retirement to be higher than they expect. In her article, Steiner cites research from Healthview Services that indicates that the average lifetime cost for health care for a couple retiring in 2015 will be $266,589. Fidelity Investments puts the number at…

 

Have a Game Plan for the Retirement “Red Zone”

In a recent PlanAdviser.com article, John Manganaro discusses with Michael Rosenberg, head of investment-only defined contribution business for Prudential Investments, how market conditions that define the decade before a person’s retirement can drastically alter their lifestyle once they retire. Rosenberg cites recent Prudential research that shows that the value of a portfolio can be depleted…

 

5 Social Security Mistakes to Avoid

For many Americans, Social Security is, or will be, a significant portion of their retirement income. However, a recent Motley Fool article cautions against thinking it’s as simple as claiming your benefits and then receiving a monthly check. Five of the Motley Fool’s retirement contributors offered their thoughts on what would-be Social Security recipients should keep…

 

Survey: Millennials Unwilling to Sacrifice Now for Future Financial Security

A new survey from Charles Schwab indicates that an unwillingness by Millennials to sacrifice things that add to their current quality of life, and student debt, are preventing them from saving enough for their retirement. The survey covered 1,000 401 (k) plan participants broken into three generational groups: Millennials (those under age 35), Generation Xers…

 

Implications of Social Security Strategy Changes

  On CNBC.com, Sharon Epperson discusses Congress’ new budget deal that ends “file and suspend” and “restricted application” options for Social Security. However, retirees have a six-month window before these changes go into effect, and not acting before then could have serious financial ramifications. According to the article, making these decisions before they are “could…