How We Define Risk

The potential of losing money by investing in the stock market has become front and center over the past several weeks. The decline in the S&P 500 index and the bigger drops in other indexes and stocks has drawn attention. It has also led to the usual chatter about what the downside volatility means and…

 

How to Find and Select a Financial Planner

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Using Beneficiary-Directed Trusts to Protect Your Heirs Beneficiary-directed trusts can protect a beneficiary from losing inherited trust assets to creditors, claimants and divorcing spouses. Well-Built 529 Plans Can Be a Great Option for College Savings 529 plans allow investment earnings to compound and withdrawals…

 

Creating and Following a Real Financial Plan

The Right Type of Life Insurance for Your Estate Planning Needs Life insurance has been associated with estate planning for decades. Life insurance works for estate taxes because they are due when death occurs, the same trigger that pays life insurance death benefits. But one life insurance size doesn’t fit all estate planning situations. This…

 

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-…

 

Tax Guide Update – The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and 2018 Taxes

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Retirement Planning Strategies Following the 2017 Tax Act In the aftermath of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, this article discusses some strategies that retirees may want to consider. The lower tax rates and higher standard deductions make taking advantage of Roth…

 

Volatility, and Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees

The return of downside volatility has exposed problems with perception and with certain exchange-traded products. On Tuesday, the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times declared, “Dow’s Historic Drop: 1,175-point plunge—its biggest one-day loss in history—puts the once-roaring 2018 market in the red.” The headline correctly reported how much the blue-chip average fell, but it failed…

 

10 Steps to Avoiding Ponzi Schemes and Financial Fraud

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Due Diligence: 10 Steps to Avoiding Ponzi Schemes and Financial Fraud Financial fraud is an all-to-often occurrence and highlights the importance of asking the right questions and doing your own due diligence before selecting an adviser or participating in an investment. Here are 10…

 

Are ETFs “Weapons of Mass Destruction”?

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   A Worksheet Approach to Selecting a Financial Planner Most individuals interview potential financial advisers before making a final selection to help them determine whether they are making the right choice. But what questions should you ask? The purpose of this article is to give…

 

How Likely Is It You’ll Outlive Your Investment Portfolio?

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: Investing to Avoid the Consequences of Being Wrong Retirees should only risk the savings they don’t need; young investors should allocate as much to stocks as their risk tolerance allows. William “Bill” Bernstein is a neurologist, co-founder of the investment firm Efficient Frontier Advisors and the…