Choosing Between a Traditional and a Roth IRA

I spent yesterday at Schwab’s IMPACT Conference. The annual conference is oriented toward independent financial advisers. Nearly 5,000 people attended this year’s conference. I’ll share some of my notes at the end of this week’s commentary, but first I want to focus on a specific session that addressed the topic of choosing between a traditional…

 

AAII Journal September 2016 Issue

The September 2016 AAII Journal is Now Available Online. Feature Article: The Top ETFs Over Five Years: Health Care Loses Some Ground Six of the 10 top-performing ETFs are from the health care category; homebuilding, consumer staples and bond funds are also on the list. Also in This Issue: Portfolio Strategies: Investing to Avoid the Consequences…

 

August 2016 AAII Journal Update

The August 2016 AAII Journal is Now Available Online.  Feature Article: The Individual Investor’s Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds 2016 Detailed return information and data on 473 exchange-traded products, including an overview of the current trends in the ETF industry.  Also in This Issue: Stock Strategies: Analyzing a Stock by Its Dividend and Shareholder Yield Both dividends…

 

Retirement Can Be Long Enough for Something to Go Haywire

An interesting point was brought up at this week’s CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Seminar: retirement is a long enough period of time for something to go haywire. The point was brought up by Barton Waring, a retired chief investor officer for Barclays (which is now BlackRock). He raised the topic during a discussion about retirement…

 

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…