Guidelines for Choosing a Financial Adviser

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   The Tax Advantages of Qualified Charitable Distributions From IRAs The U.S. tax code allows someone who is already at least age 70½—not someone who will turn 70½ later this year—to directly transfer up to $100,000 of funds from their traditional individual retirement account (IRA)…

 

A Strategy for Losing Money

I can give you a name of a fund trading with the equivalent of a 23% sales charge. It’s actively managed by a company that’s incurred large outflows from its signature mutual fund following the departure of its star chief investment officer. Interested in owning it? You probably aren’t, but some investors were. PIMCO’s Municipal…

 

Creating and Following a Real Financial Plan

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: IRA Rollover Chart: Rules Regarding Rollovers and Conversions This article provides a helpful chart, adapted from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), that shows what types of retirement accounts can be rolled over or converted into another type of retirement account.   Life After Loss: 6 Smart…

 

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…