May AAII Journal Update

Feature Article » The Basics of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by Jaclyn N. McClellan These investment trusts provide direct exposure to real estate and are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income.   Portfolio Strategies » The Impact of Saving Versus Return on Wealth by Craig Israelsen Younger savers benefit more…

 

Conversations on Picking Good Stocks and Funds

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Minimizing Taxes With Asset Allocation Asset location is a tax-minimization strategy of placing investments in accounts that ultimately will produce the highest aftertax return for the investor’s entire portfolio. Investors who can benefit the most from asset location strategies are those who follow a…

 

Quality Can Help Put the Odds in Your Favor

Let’s start this week’s commentary with a hypothetical scenario: A person you trust says they have two stock picks for you. Both stocks are expected to rise in price. The charts for each stock are showing similar formations and the recent news seems equally positive. You only have enough available cash to buy one of…

 

Dividends and Buybacks Drive Stock Returns

The return of capital by companies to shareholders is a key contributor to long-term returns. A forthcoming study by Morningstar’s Philip Straehl and Yale’s Roger Ibbotson attributes more than two-thirds of the real (inflation-adjusted) return in stock prices for the period of 1871 through 2014 to total yield. Return of capital includes both dividends and…

 

Lifestyle Changes: Misconceptions About Life in Retirement

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Managing Cash Flow in Retirement Intelligently planning for cash flow in retirement is critical, as poor planning may result in running out of money long before running out of life. The three elements that most significantly affect planning are the need for real, not…

 

Dow 21,000 Reached in Record Time

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 for the Dow to crack…

 

March Changes to SSR Portfolio

We have posted our monthly changes to the SSR tracking portfolio. For more information on this month’s deletion and addition, read the March SSR Monthly Report. February Market Recap The momentum of U.S. stocks that took hold in the aftermath of the November election continued onward in February. Through Friday’s close, the iShares DJ U.S. ETF…

 

How I Choose a Stock to Buy or Sell

This week I subbed in for Charles Rotblut on the weekly radio show MoneyLife with Chuck Jaffe. Each week Charles chooses a “buy of the week” and a “sell of the week” and provides some editorial guidance on his reasoning. In order to prepare for the interview, I had to think, “what qualities do I…

 

Politics and Corporate Earnings Guiding the Market

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 victims, as well as the beneficiaries, of politics. Following…