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James Cloonan

author Image James B. Cloonan is founder and chairman of AAII.


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  1. AAII Model Portfolios »

    Revised Model Fund Portfolio: Combining Mutual Funds and ETFs

    The Model Fund Portfolio has been revised to take advantage of the unique strengths that mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer.

    August 2012 | Journal

  2. AAII Model Portfolios »

    Despite Uncertainty, Model Shadow Stock Portfolio Still Positive for 2012

    Global and domestic uncertainty hurt returns in May, but even with the pullback, the portfolio is up 9.1% year-to-date.

    July 2012 | Journal

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    Model Mutual Fund and ETF Portfolios: Choosing a Benchmark Isn't Easy

    A benchmark should follow the same approach as the portfolio being measured, but the most popular benchmarks measure average portfolio performance.

    May 2012 | Journal

  4. AAII Model Portfolios »

    Model Shadow Stock Portfolio Reaches an All-Time High

    A rally in micro-cap stocks helped drive the portfolio’s cumulative return to an all-time high. Plus, read about the portfolio’s latest changes.

    April 2012 | Journal

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    Model Mutual Fund and ETF Portfolios: Value and Small Stocks Impact Returns

    Value stocks and small-cap stocks have superior long-term performance but hurt the portfolios’ returns last year.

    March 2012 | Journal

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    Model Shadow Stock Portfolio: Up Modestly During an Atypical Year

    Though the market did not enjoy its typical pre-election-year rally, the Model Shadow Stock Portfolio ended November with a year-to-date gain.

    January 2012 | Journal

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    Model Mutual Fund and ETF Portfolios: Waiting for Value and Small-Cap to Improve

    Growth and large-cap stocks have recently outperformed value and small-cap stocks, hurting the relative performance of our model portfolios.

    November 2011 | Journal

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    Record Market Volatility Affects Model Shadow Stock Portfolio

    High levels of volatility caused the portfolio to show a year-to-date loss at the end of August. Read about the latest changes and see James’ latest commentary.

    October 2011 | Journal