The Small-Cap Premium Still Lives on the Value Side

Historically, small-cap stocks have outperformed large-cap stocks. This difference is referred to in investment circles as the small-cap (aka small-company) premium. The discovery of the small-cap premium is credited to Rolf Banz’s 1981 Journal of Financial Economics study, “The Relationship Between Return and Market Value of Common Stocks.” I specifically bring Banz’s study up because…

 

17 Investing Resolutions for 2017

Long-term readers know that I like to share my list of investing resolutions at the start each year. The list started in 2012 and has grown since. This year, I’ve added one additional resolution about protecting yourself when managing your finances online and on your computer. If this is the first time you’re seeing my…

 

Not Clear That Mutual Funds Are Becoming More Tax Friendly

This is the time of year when mutual funds make their annual distributions. The distributions, in this case, involve capital gains and ordinary income. They are the profits realized by the funds, most commonly through the sale of their portfolio’s holdings. To the extent that these gains cannot be offset by losses, they are passed…

 

Two Traits that Give Active Mutual Funds an Edge

American Funds says that some actively managed funds are better than passive (index) funds. Specifically, the company argues that actively managed funds with low expense ratios and high levels of manager ownership (a group that Amercian Funds calls “Select Active”) outperform their index peers. The outperformance is evident over one-, three-, five-, and 10-year rolling…

 

Shorting: A Strategy for Profiting From Price Declines

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: Rebalancing Update: A Tiny Raise for Retirees: Even with last year’s volatility, no rebalancing was required. Low inflation caused the withdrawal amounts to increase only slightly. The Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2015: With April 15 a month away, AAII’s annual tax and…

 

What Steps You Should Take When Your Stock’s Price Falls

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: Being Wrong and Still Making Money: An analysis of nearly 31,000 trades found that successful professional investors all adopted the same habits of execution. The Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2015: AAII’s annual tax and financial planning guide is designed to help you…

 

AAII Weekly Features: The Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2015

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: The Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2015 Bond Strategies for Those Fearful of Inflation Is Outperforming the Market Alpha or Beta? The Mutual Fund Cash Dilemma The featured AAII stock screen this week is the P/E Relative approach. Our Member Question for this…

 

AAII Journal Update: The Individual Investors Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2015

The December 2015 AAII Journal is now available online. Feature Article This month we feature the Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning for 2015. The AAII editorial staff has put together our annual tax and financial planning guide that is designed to help you assess your current tax situation and plan for any changes…

 

AAII Weekly Features: The Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2015

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: The Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2015 Exploring the Optimal Equity Allocation Path for Retirees Keeping Transactions Clean from the Wash-Sale Rule Social Security: Delay Benefits at the Expense of Personal Savings? The featured AAII stock screen this week is the Lakonishok approach. Our Member…

 

Now Is A Good Time to Consider Year-End Tax Moves

With about five weeks left to go in 2015, now is a good time to give your tax situation a review. You will have enough time to take any desired action if you analyze your taxes now. You’ll also have the ability to start planning for 2016. A good place to start is to look…