Do the Top ETFs Continue to Outperform?

In observation of the Christmas and New Year holidays, the next two Weekly Digest emails will go out on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, and Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Happy holidays! 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…

 

The September 2017 AAII Journal is Now Available Online

Feature Article » Exchange-Traded Funds Technology Takes Over the Top-Performing ETF List by Jaclyn N. McClellan Two semiconductor funds help put technology on top, though last year’s dominant sector, health care, maintained a presence. Portfolio Strategies » Minimizing Taxes With Asset Allocation by Stephen E. Wilcox Strategically taking into consideration both tax laws and the…

 

Most AAII Readers Conduct Their Own Research of Mutual Funds & ETFs

The February 2017 issue of the AAII Journal contains the updated Individual Investor’s Guide to the Top Mutual Funds. This valuable member benefit included 728 in the print version, while online there is information covering nearly 1,600 funds. AAII members that are new to mutual fund investing also have access to explanatory articles in the Funds/ETFs section…

 

AAII’s Most-Read Articles for September 2016

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for September 2016 (based on unique page views):   Why Buy Bonds If Interest Rates Will Rise? Starting a bond ladder creates income now and produces cash flow that can be used to reinvest if and when interest rates do rise. The Top 10 Economic Indicators: What…

 

The Incredibly Shrinking Fed Growth Forecasts

Seemingly overlooked in all of the hubbub about a possible rate hike occurring at the December Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting is the longer-term trend of falling growth forecasts. FOMC members have collectively reduced their real (“inflation-adjusted”) long-run GDP growth forecasts for at least five consecutive years. The current long-run forecast calls for 1.80%…

 

Do You Need Growth for Successful Stock Picking?

A new stock screen I created omits one characteristic that may surprise some (or perhaps many) of you: growth. Nothing in the screen requires a passing company to be growing revenues or profits. It is an admitted deviation from how I’ve previously looked for stocks. I’m not alone in omitting growth. The four AAII Stock…

 

The Impact Returns Have on How Much You Should Save

One of the fuzzier numbers in retirement planning is how much a person should save. Put another way, how much does an individual need to set aside each year to fund retirement expenses? It’s a function of projected expenditures, sources of other income (e.g., Social Security, inheritance, etc.) and expected investment returns. Though they are…

 

AAII Journal September 2016 Issue

The September 2016 AAII Journal is Now Available Online. Feature Article: The Top ETFs Over Five Years: Health Care Loses Some Ground Six of the 10 top-performing ETFs are from the health care category; homebuilding, consumer staples and bond funds are also on the list. Also in This Issue: Portfolio Strategies: Investing to Avoid the Consequences…

 

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for August 2016

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for August 2016 (based on unique page views):   The Top 10 Economic Indicators: What to Watch and Why Everyone wants to keep a pulse on the economy, but no one wants to wade through the massive volume of statistics. A look at the top 10 economic…

 

Taking on Risk and Hoping the Strategy Doesn’t Backfire

Oh boy. There’s something new to be filed under the category of, “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.” It is cash secured puts on the S&P 500. According to The Wall Street Journal, pension funds in Hawaii and South Carolina are using the strategy to generate income. It is a strategy…