Financial Professional Terms: What They Mean and Why You Should Care

Broker, registered investment adviser, financial planner, insurance agent, investment adviser and wealth managers: These are a few of the common terms used to describe various financial professionals. Many individual investors are confused by these terms, and do not have a clear understanding of what distinguishes one professional from another. This article will clarify these terms…

 

The Art of Creating an Investment Policy Statement

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   The Art of Creating an Investment Policy Statement To build the nest egg you will need for retirement requires discipline and patience. You must treat your personal income and expenses like a business. Typically, this involves having a financial plan that incorporates short-, mid-…

 

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)…

 

Why Your Financial Adviser Should Be a Fiduciary

Many do-it-yourself investors may wonder if this article is relevant to their situation. But think about your life during retirement and your interest may change. As we age, it’s common for even do-it-yourself investors to seek the services of a financial adviser, especially in our later years. Given that you may eventually engage a financial…

 

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for November 2015

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII for November 2015 (based on page views):  Defining Your Investment Philosophy Without an easy-to-explain investment philosophy, you run the risk of chasing one investment fad to the next, losing the money along the way. Here are 10 questions that will help you determine that your personal investing philosophy…

 

Weekly Features–The Advantages of Simple Allocation Strategies

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: The Advantages of Simple Allocation Strategies David Dreman’s Contrarian Approach to Stock Selection Why Your Financial Advisor Should Be a Fiduciary Defining Your Investment Philosophy The featured AAII stock screen this week is the Dreman With Estimate Revisions approach. Our Member Question for this week is:…

 

AAII Weekly Features–Defining Your Investment Philosophy

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlight these valuable AAII articles: Defining Your Investment Philosophy Why Your Financial Adviser Should Be a Fiduciary The Advantages of Simple Allocation Strategies Is the Small-Cap Stock Premium Disappearing? The featured AAII stock screen this week is O’Neil’s CAN SLIM No Float approach. Our Member Question for this week is:…

 

AAII Journal Update: The Advantages of Simple Asset Allocation

The November 2015 AAII Journal is now available online. Feature Article This month’s feature article is The Advantages of Simple Allocation Strategies. Author Wesley R. Gray suggests that investors are better off reducing the number of asset classes in their investment portfolio since data shows that complex strategies do not significantly outperform simpler ones. This…