This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these
“must-read” AAII articles:
You are forced to spend down traditional IRAs at a steady rate after age 70½, whether you need the cash or not. The secret of required minimum distributions (RMDs)—that many people don’t realize until they are well into retirement—is that under the IRS tables used to calculate RMDs, the percentage of an IRA that must be distributed increases each year. Author Robert Carlson refers to this steady increase in forced distributions as the RMD Waterfall. This article offers strategies to avoid or reduce the “RMD Waterfall.”
The book “Investing at Level3: Higher Returns With Minimal Risk for the Long-Term Individual Investor” summarizes many of the key investing concepts that James Cloonan observed since he founded the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) nearly 40 years ago.
How should retirees think about asset allocation during retirement? Opinions have shifted over time. Analysis conducted by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) found that rising equity glide paths in retirement can reduce the chances of running out of money and allow for a larger withdrawal rate.
Mutual funds report their investment performance, but investors in those funds don’t realize the same gains (or losses). Alpha is a measure of performance on a risk-adjusted basis. The excess return of the fund relative to the return of the benchmark index is a fund’s alpha. This post discusses a calculation that measures whether mutual fund investors were actually earning more or less than the reported alpha.
Our Member Question for this week is:
Do you think the concerns over the possible rollback of net neutrality are valid?
Vote to answer this week’s Special Question:
What do you think of when you hear the term “net neutrality”?
Last Week’s Results:
How do you invest in real estate? (choose all that apply)
Poll results are as of 9 a.m. (Central) on Monday. 4,209 respondents.
As tax reform takes center stage in Washington, we asked our readers how they invest in real estate and whether the proposed changes to the mortgage interest deduction would impact how they invest in real estate.
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