An Updated Look at the Yield Curve and Stock Market Volatility

Last week, the yield on the five-year Treasury note fell below that of the two-year note. Any investor could have realized a higher yield for tying up their money for only two years rather than for five years. The yield curve—which plots the interest rates for Treasuries of varying maturities—is not supposed to work this…

 

19 Year-End Financial and Investing Moves

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   19 Year-End Financial and Investing Moves Actionable steps covering personal finance, estate planning, investing, retirement and taxes that investors should consider taking now before the new year. The Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2018 AAII’s annual tax and financial planning guide is…

 

AAII Survey: Year-End Tax Planning

The end of the year is a busy time for many of us what with the holidays, year-end work projects, etc. However, even before the ball drops on 2018, many investors are making portfolio decisions specifically intended to mitigate their tax liability for the year. The total you earn from your investments in 2018 will depend…

 

The December 2017 AAII Journal is Now Available Online.

Feature Article » The Individual Investor’s Guide to Personal Tax Planning 2017 Our annual tax and financial planning guide is designed to help you assess your current tax situation and plan for any changes that may improve your tax liability both this year and next. Behavioral Finance » How Human Behavior Differs From Traditional Economic…

 

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…

 

Sentiment Supports the Borrowing of 2017 Gains Argument

Support for the concept of the post-election (“Trump”) rally borrowing gains from 2017 can be found in our Sentiment Survey. Optimism was both unusually low (a bullish sign) and unusually high (a bearish sign) in recent weeks. Though seemingly contradictory, the two signals may not be when the post-election rally is taken into account. I’ll…

 

AAII’s Top Articles for March 2016

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for March 2016 (based on unique page views): The Top 10 Economic Indicators: What to Watch and Why Everyone wants to keep a pulse on the economy, but no one wants to wade through the massive volume of statistics. A look at the top 10 economic indicators…

 

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…