Top AAII Articles

  • Spencer Jakab

    Spencer Jakab

    Avoiding the Mistakes Made by Ineffective Investors

    Investors can often do more harm than good to their portfolios by chasing after IPOs, reaching for yield and not understanding what they are buying. But who knew that a decades-old episode of Leave it to Beaver could offer key investment lessons? Read this article to find out how.

  • Ken Fisher

    Ken Fisher

    Being a Contrarian Means Thinking Differently

    We’ve all heard investors move and think like one big crowd, but Ken Fisher believes there are really two crowds: the main herd, and the “anti-herd”—the main herd’s near mirror image. The media often call them “contrarians,” but the real contrarians are those who see through both herds, think independently and do something different. Not opposite! Just different. This is one key to avoiding common pitfalls and investing successfully over time.

  • Thomas Howard

    Thomas Howard

    Driving Emotions From Your Investment Process: A 12-Step Program

    There is a large body of research showing that investors depend on emotions and anecdotal information when making decisions. Unfortunately, industry professionals apply techniques and enact policies that encourage investors to continue making emotional decisions. So even if investors wanted to drive emotions out of the investment process, the industry is set up to encourage them to do otherwise. To help you make this transition, here is a 12-step program showing how to drive out emotions and thus make it possible for you to make superior investment decisions.

  • AAII Blog

    AAII Blog

    The Peter Lynch Investor Personality Test

    Peter Lynch’s 1989 book “One Up On Wall Street” offered investors wonderful insight into the mind of one of the greatest modern investors. Lynch strongly believed that individuals could not only succeed at investing, but they also had a distinct advantage over Wall Street and professional money managers. But Lynch was careful to warn his readers that it was important to first analyze oneself before spending any time analyzing companies. He even provided a list of the most important qualities it takes to succeed.

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Other : 1%

Bonds : 1%

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AAII Member Question If you could increase your chances of improving your investment returns by taking more risk, would you:

A) Be willing to take a lot more risk with all your money
B) Be willing to take a lot more risk with some of your money
C) Be willing to take a little more risk with all of your money
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E) Be unlikely to take much more risk
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Model Portfolio
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Annualized Return
3-Year Return 5-Year Return 10-Year Return
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Fund 7.3% 7.8% 5.8%
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"Nest-Egg Survival: Investing and Spending in Retirement"
Maria Crawford Scott, Former editor, AAII Journal
"Today's Investment Outlook"
Sam Stovall, Chief investment strategist, S&P Equity Research Services

"The Importance of Tax Diversification: What You Need to Know"
Christine Fahlund, senior financial planner, T. Rowe Price, Inc.

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