The September 2018 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

COVER ARTICLE Identifying and Screening for Vice and Virtue Stocks By Charles Rotblut, CFA Using so-called sin and ESG stocks as examples, we show how to use thematic approaches to identify potentially attractive stocks.     EDITOR’S NOTE Editor’s Note By Charles Rotblut, CFA Just before we went to press, two things were happening in…

 

Assessing the Risk of a Mutual Fund

Sector Classification Change Could Alter Some ETFs A shift in sector and industry classifications will impact exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds that target the affected industries and sectors. The change could also result in the renaming of some funds in addition to the potential changes to holdings and the weightings of various stocks within…

 

Selecting Stocks From a Screen

I’ve long been a fan of stock screens. They filter a database to identify stocks with specific traits. A value screen may identify stocks trading at low price-earnings (P/E) ratios with above-average levels of return on equity (ROE). A growth screen can find stocks that consistently grow profits and are projected to continue doing so…

 

The August 2018 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

Feature Article: The Individual Investor’s Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds 2018 by Jaclyn N. McClellan Our expanded guide covers 542 exchange-traded funds, providing detailed return information and data as well as an update on the ETF industry.       Portfolio Strategies » Observations From Decades of Tracking Investment Newsletters by John Bajkowski , Charles Rotblut,…

 

Global Stock and Bond Diversification With Just 2 ETFs

This fall, individual investors could be able to use just two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to diversify both globally and by asset class. The annual expense of such a portfolio will be about one-tenth of a penny per dollar invested, exclusive of any transaction costs. Vanguard filed a preliminary registration statement with the U.S. Securities and…

 

Is Your “Actively Managed Fund” Really Actively Managed?

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Tracking the S&P 500 With Mutual Funds and ETFs There are more than 40 mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) widely available to investors that explicitly list the S&P 500 in their name. These funds track the large-cap index or follow a strategy based…

 

An Inside Look at ETFs

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have been one of the most successful financial innovations in recent years. Since the introduction of ETFs in the early 1990s, demand for these funds has grown markedly in the United States, as both institutional and individual investors have increasingly found their features appealing. In the past decade alone, total net assets of ETFs…

 

The New Bubble – Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin rose above the $4,000 price mark, adding to this year’s surge in value. The New York Times attributes the most recent upward spike to an agreement among key backers to settle “a long-disputed update to the network’s software and rules.” Regardless of the reason given, the price action exemplifies unfettered speculation. To be fair,…

 

Successful Investing Requires Coping With Some Discomfort

“Super investors take pain better than everybody else.” Wesley Gray, CEO and CIO of Alpha Architect, made this observation at last week’s Financial Analysts Seminar, an annual CFA Institute event hosted with CFA Society Chicago. He was referencing the ability of successful investors to stick with a strategy. Gray raised the point as part of…