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Over the last couple of decades, the definition of “retirement” has changed significantly. Gone are the days that 30 years of service to a company meant a gold watch and company-funded pension upon retirement. Today, the burden of funding retirement, for the most part,...

An interesting point was brought up at this week’s CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Seminar: retirement is a long enough period of time for something to go haywire. The point was brought up by Barton Waring, a retired chief investor officer for Barclays (which is now BlackRock)....

The new retirement savings account rules announced by the Labor Department yesterday did not let individual investors out of their responsibility to oversee their savings and are not as harmful as some critics would make them out to be. Rather, the rules rightfully require that...

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...

There is some good news for investors: The war on expenses is continuing. Vanguard recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to launch two funds with total annual operating expenses of 0.01%. That is not a typo; the expense ratio was copied and pasted directly...

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...

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...

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...

Winning the lottery or otherwise suddenly coming into a large sum of money creates a set of challenges from a financial and estate planning standpoint. While it’s a problem many of us would like to have, it is a challenge nonetheless. Just one or two improper decisions at the...

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: A Satirical Take on Financial Terminology: Financial terms often mean the opposite of what they appear to signify. Poking fun can unveil weaknesses and risks not so apparent on first glance. The Changes...