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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 »

    Third Year of an Election Cycle: Volatility Returns to the Market

    This has not been a typical pre-election year--but there are still several months to go before year-end. Despite volatile returns, the Model Shadow Stock Portfolio is up 7.5% for the year, compared to 5.1% for the S&P 500. Our quarterly review.

    October 2007 | Journal

  2. AAII Model Portfolios »

    Model ETF Portfolio Adds Foreign Funds to the Mix

    A closer look at AAII's new experimental ETF portfolio, including which ETFs are in the portfolio, the selection rationale, and why foreign ETFs are being added.

    August 2007 | Journal

  3. AAII Model Portfolios »

    Mutual Fund Portfolio Tracks Market, Stumbles and All

    The Mutual Fund Portfolio is doing well year-to-date, up 9.7% compared to 7.5% for the total stock market. A portfolio review.

    August 2007 | Journal

  4. AAII Model Portfolios »

    A Choppy Ride Up for Market and Shadow Stock Portfolio

    The market creeps gradually upward, as does the AAII Model Shadow Stock Portfolio. If the market continues at its current pace for the balance of the year, we will have the normal "year before the election" return of around 23%. On the bearish side, inflation is still a concern; on the bullish side, there now are a number of bearish analysts.

    July 2007 | Journal

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    Model Shadow Stock Portfolio Survives Market Volatility

    The Shadow Stock Portfolio is doing better than the market in what is either a resumption of the long-term uptrend or a short-term respite from a lengthier downtrend. Although the market trend will soon be clear, for buy-and-holders it doesn't make much difference.

    April 2007 | Journal

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    Model Fund Portfolio Update: A Bullish Ride Into 2007

    Our Model Mutual Fund Portfolio joined the general market in having strong final months in 2006, and continues to beat the market over the longer term. A review of the Model Fund Portfolio, and an update on our newest model portfolio that focuses on exchange-traded funds.

    February 2007 | Journal

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    Shadow Stock Portfolio: A Strong Year-End Finish

    The AAII Model Shadow Stock Portfolio had a remarkable year, up 25.0% year-to-date, compared to 14.0% for the market. We may be due for a weak year down the road, but that is best dealt with by building profits in the interim.

    January 2007 | Journal

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    Shadow Stock Portfolio Up 8.5% Year-to-Date Despite Market Weakness

    The small capitalization and value criteria result in a portfolio that has provided significantly higher returns than the indexes.

    October 2006 | Journal