Portfolio Optimization Isn’t Necessarily Worth the Effort

A few weeks ago, I offered a list of what assets an individual investor needs to hold in their portfolio. Second in order of importance on my list—behind stocks, bonds and cash—were REITs (real estate investment trusts). These real estate investments offer a dual benefit of diversification and favorable returns. I bring this up because…

 

What Investments Do You Need?

While working on a new presentation about portfolio strategies, it occurred to me that there is an important question I should address: What investments does an individual investor need in their portfolio? Not specific names, but rather what types of investments. It’s a question that is not necessarily easy for many investors to answer. It’s…

 

The October 2017 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

Feature Article » Stock Strategies Stock Market Retreats and Recoveries by Sam Stovall Only six months, on average, have separated the end of one decline and the start of the next one, but recoveries have been quick. AAII InvestoGraphic » Stock Market Volatility by AAII Staff Large-company stocks can experience big price swings on a 12-month…

 

It’s Almost May – Should You Stay With Stocks or Go?

With May starting in just a few days, those of you who are sensitive to the market’s semiannual cycles may be reciting the chorus of The Clash’s 1982 hit, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” A better question would be “Should I Stay or Should I Rotate?” Staying would mean not making any changes…

 

Don’t Be Quick to Sell (or Rotate) in May

This week marks the start of what the Stock Trader’s Almanac refers to as the “worst six months” for the stock market. Relative to the “best six months,” stocks historically underperform during the period of May through October. Underperformance, however, should not be confused with losing money. Sam Stovall, the U.S. equity strategist at S&P…