Partisan Conflict and Market Volatility

Even with last weekend’s government shutdown, no agreed-upon budget and yet another debt ceiling increase needed, the major U.S. indexes continued to set record highs. While Mr. Market’s ongoing calm mood may seem paradoxical given what’s happening inside of the Beltway, one study suggests it is normal for volatility to be low. The study’s authors…

 

Quality Can Help Put the Odds in Your Favor

Let’s start this week’s commentary with a hypothetical scenario: A person you trust says they have two stock picks for you. Both stocks are expected to rise in price. The charts for each stock are showing similar formations and the recent news seems equally positive. You only have enough available cash to buy one of…

 

The January 2018 AAII Journal is Now Available Online.

  Feature Article » Polar Opposite: MAGNET Complex Goes From Bottom to Top in 2017 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA Our annual review of the AAII screening strategies finds MAGNET Complex on top after being the worst performer in 2016.   Portfolio Strategies » Insights on Using the 4% Withdrawal Rule From Its Creator by…