The Other Part of the Equation: Assessing a Fund’s Risk

Editor’s Note: While this article is from 1989, and some of the mutual fund names have changed or the funds have merged or closed, the concepts of risk assessment still apply. Often, it is all too tempting to evaluate a mutual fund solely based on its rate of return over some period of time. Typically,…

 

Measuring Risk: A Practical Approach

Risk is a fundamental concept in any investment program. Beta and standard deviation are two common risk measures. But many investors prefer to view risk differently, at least mathematically. Others do not understand how a complex formula for deriving individual betas and standard deviations can be used practically in a real investment program. This workshop…

 

Human Capital and the Theory of Life-Cycle Investing

Human capital is something we all have, and it’s becoming a front of mind issue in the press and in the field of financial planning. What’s up with that? What Is Human Capital? For economists, there is a very specific definition for human capital. They say it is the value of future earned income expressed…

 

Stock Market’s “Fear Gauge” Hits 23-Year Low

A lot was written and talked about the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, this week. On Monday, it closed at 9.77, its lowest level since December 1993. This followed Friday’s close by both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite indexes at new all-time highs. In addition, this was the first time in over 10 years…

 

Investors Have Varied Definitions of Risk

Risk plays a pivotal role in investing, yet a universal definition is elusive. Merriam-Webster defines risk as: the possibility of loss or injury someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract; also the degree of probability of such loss…

 

John Bogle on Achieving Greater Long-Term Wealth Through Index Funds

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles: A Second Look at How Target Date Funds Change Their Allocations Target date funds offer the premise of a one-stop solution for investors seeking professional allocation strategies. They are commonplace in 401(k) and other similar employer-sponsored retirement plans (aka, defined-contribution plans). The simplicity of target date…