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Just seven weeks ago in this column, I was discussing how the Dow’s inability to cross the 20,000 barrier had reached historic proportions. At that time, the Dow had traded within 1% of the 20,000 mark for 23 days. Eventually, it took 30 days after getting within 1% of 20,000...

The “Trump Rally” for stocks seemingly hit a wall this week. Optimism among investors following the election of Donald Trump has given way to more of a wait-and-see attitude and even animosity in the wake of several administration actions. There are times when stocks are the...

We have posted our monthly changes to the SSR tracking portfolio. For more information on this month’s deletion and addition, read the February SSR Monthly Report. January Market Recap With only two trading days remaining in the month, U.S. stocks are on pace for their best January...

At noon (Eastern time) on January 20, 2017, Donald John Trump took the oath of office, becoming the 45th president of the United States. Since the close of Election Day, November 8, 2016, the S&P 500 index gained 5.8% through the close on Thursday, January 19. Per Schaeffer’s...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how, if it all, they have adjusted their stock investing strategy recently. We received a large variety of responses. Slightly more than 12% of all respondents said they have not made a change. About 7% are placing...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   William O’Neil’s CAN SLIM Approach to Selecting Growth Stocks Using Fundamental and Technical Data The CAN SLIM approach is a popular investment strategy that uses fundamental...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Why Value Beats Growth: A Brief Explanation The various characteristics of stocks that generate higher returns than what the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) would predict are known as...

Last week we asked our readers what they consider to be the best long-term investment, and here is what they said: Of the 2,377 people who voted by 7:15 a.m. (Central) on Sunday, July 24, 70% view stocks or mutual funds as the best long-term investment. Real estate came in a distant...

Many retirees reflexively believe that they can live off of the interest from their investments while preserving principal. Using interest payments alone to fund one’s living expenses in retirement may have been possible in decades past when life expectancies all but guaranteed...

With the right education and information, individual investors are fully capable of becoming effective managers of their own assets. If you have the time, interest and discipline, we truly believe that you can manage a stock portfolio that can outperform most mutual funds. Some...