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James Cloonan

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


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Biography:

James B. Cloonan earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and his B.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. After teaching for several years in 1974 he helped found and served as CEO of Heinold Securities, a brokerage firm specializing in derivatives. After selling his interest in that firm, he returned to teaching and began the preliminary work leading to the founding of the American Association of Individual Investors in 1978 and is currently chairman of AAII.

Cloonan is the author of books and articles on investing and writes the Model Portfolios column for the AAII Journal. He created and manages the Model Shadow Stock Portfolio, which has realized an annualized return of over 15% for the past 23 years.

Cloonan has served on several industry and regulatory panels, including the Consumer Advisory Council of the National Futures Association, the Advisory Panel on Securities Markets and Information Technology of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the NASD Special Committee on the Quality of Markets, the New York Stock Exchange Panel on Market Volatility and Investor Confidence, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Financial Instruments Advisors Committee, the New York Stock Exchange Individual Investors Advisory Committee, and The Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

He lives with his wife Edythe in Chicago.

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  1. AAII Model Portfolios »

    AAII Model ETF Portfolio Review and How to Take Advantage of ETFs

    A review of the Model ETF Portfolio, and ETF characteristics that are important to consider--particularly in comparison to traditional mutual funds.

    November 2008 | Journal

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    Results Not Yet Final, But So Far, Election-Year Returns Have Yet to Appear

    The Model Shadow Stock Portfolio has moved ahead of the S&P 500 year-to-date, but is still behind small-cap stocks, which are down "only" 3.8% year to date. Our quarterly review includes a list of changes to the portfolio over the last quarter, a complete listing of the holdings, and the rules that govern the portfolio.

    October 2008 | Journal

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    Model Fund Portfolio Update and a Look at How Various Indexes Are Weighted

    The Model Mutual Fund Portfolio is down for the year to date at -3.8%, but performing well considering the weak election-year market. Also, a look at the various methods for weighting stocks in indexes - and which one is best.

    August 2008 | Journal

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    Shadow Stock Portfolio Update and the Disappointing Election-Year Market

    As of the end of May, micro-cap stocks continue to lag the market and the Model Shadow Stock Portfolio reflects that trend, with a weak three months. But even though the market appears gloomy, the bottom line is that it may be wise to stick with your long-term asset allocation or make only minimal adjustments.

    July 2008 | Journal

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    ETFs Get Active: AAII's Model Portfolio and the Evolving Marketplace

    The AAII model portfolio of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) year-to-date is outperforming the market, but unfortunately "outperformance" only means going down less than the market. An update on the portfolio and its holdings.

    May 2008 | Journal

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    Market Weakness Hits Model Shadow Stock Portfolio

    The market weakness continues, but it has stopped hitting small and value stocks more than the general market. The Model Shadow Stock Portfolio is now performing better than the overall market. An update on the portfolio and its holdings.

    April 2008 | Journal