How to Increase Aftertax Returns by Doing Less

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Guidance on How to Follow the Level3 Passive Portfolio This portfolio of four exchange-traded funds (ETFs) should not have many changes. Many investors should be able to rebalance through additions or withdrawals. For Bucket Portfolios, the Devil Is in the Details Guidance on implementing a…

 

A Few Observations About the Dow’s Latest Change

General Electric Co.’s (GE) long run as a member of the Dow Jones industrial average will end on Tuesday morning. As you have probably already heard, the stock is being replaced by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA). General Electric was an original member of the Dow, first added back in May 1896. According to S&P…

 

How to Follow AAII’s Level3 Passive Portfolio

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   The Top Mutual Funds Over Five Years: Tech Takeover Technology funds lead this year’s list of the top funds, though two non-sector funds are also on the top-10 list. Guidance on How to Follow the Level3 Passive Portfolio The AAII Level3 Passive Portfolio is…

 

The Number of Investments to Hold in Your Portfolio

The number of investments required to be adequately diversified depends on a few factors. For most individual investors, the number is not very high. It does depend on what is held in the portfolio and the dollar size of the portfolio overall. This week, I provide a few guidelines. Let’s start with stocks. We suggest…

 

The June 2018 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

Feature Article » Making Better and More Rational Decisions by Charles Rotblut, CFA and Annie Duke Thinking about the various ways the future could play out can help you prepare for unfavorable outcomes and avoid irrational decisions. First Cut » Hagstrom’s Essential Buffett Stocks by John Bajkowski These 25 stocks have characteristics matching Warren Buffett’s…

 

Two Ways to Build and Preserve Wealth

For all of the chatter coming out of the financial industry about building wealth, I continue to believe that two of the best methods for individual investors are process and automation. The likelihood of success is enhanced when a good process is put in place and automation is used when it is both reasonable and…

 

The Senate’s Proposed Change to Recognizing Capital Gains

As I write this, the full Senate is considering the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). One provision in the Senate’s version of the TCJA impacts the treatment of capital gains. Specifically, the provision would eliminate your ability to specify which lot you sold if you purchased shares of the same security on more than…

 

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…

 

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…

 

The November 2017 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

Feature Article » Birth of an Idea: How AAII Got Started by John Bajkowski , Charles Rotblut, CFA and James B. Cloonan James Cloonan shares what led him to start AAII, along with the inside story of AAII’s Model Shadow Stock Portfolio. Features » Media Talk About James Cloonan and AAII by AAII Staff A…