A Gold Fund’s Debacle Highlights Risks

Any time a fund invests in something more esoteric than exchange-listed stocks from a developed country or widely traded high-quality bonds, the potential for something to go wrong increases. We saw this happen in December when the Third Avenue Focused Credit Fund—a mutual fund—suddenly shut its doors in response to junk bond losses. Last week…

 

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for November 2015

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII for November 2015 (based on page views):  Defining Your Investment Philosophy Without an easy-to-explain investment philosophy, you run the risk of chasing one investment fad to the next, losing the money along the way. Here are 10 questions that will help you determine that your personal investing philosophy…

 

When to Claim Social Security Benefits Earlier Rather Than Later

Most articles that I read about when to claim Social Security benefits say that it is better to delay as long as possible to maximize your monthly payment. However, a recent Motley Fool article outlines some situations where it may be better to take Social Security earlier rather than later. With the new Social Security laws just passed…

 

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for October

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for October  16 Financial Ratios for Analyzing a Company’s Strengths and Weaknesses An in-depth look at the most commonly used financial ratios used for analyzing a company. The article includes a downloadable spreadsheet that automatically calculates these ratios using financial statement inputs you provide. This article has generated 12 comments. The…

 

Budget Deal Would End Popular Social Security Claiming Strategies

InvestmentNews reported that a budget agreement by congressional leaders and the White House would end popular Social Security claiming strategies. Once it becomes law, it could cut off payments for beneficiaries, according to those familiar with the deal. According to the article, the legislation contains several entitlement reforms. One of them would end the ability…