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James Cloonan

author Image James B. Cloonan is founder and chairman of AAII. He is author of the book "Investing at Level3: Higher Returns With Minimal Risk for the Long-Term Individual Investor".

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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 options. 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 Edie in Chicago.

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  1. Matter of Opinion »

    Model Fund Portfolio Update: A 2004 Performance Report

    Feature: A performance update for the Model Fund Portfolio shows dramatic results for 2004.

    February 2005 | Journal

  2. Matter of Opinion »

    A Performance Spotlight on the Model Shadow Stock Portfolio

    Feature: A performance update for the Model Shadow Stock Portfolio shows dramatic results over the last three months through November 2004.

    January 2005 | Journal

  3. Matter of Opinion »

    Model Shadow Stock Portfolio: A Quarterly Review

    Feature: The Model Shadow Stock Portfolio shows a slight gain for the quarter, plus a year-to-date return of 14.3%, compared to the S&P's 0.4%. Our quarterly review of the Shadow Stock Portfolio.

    October 2004 | Journal

  4. Matter of Opinion »

    Model Fund Portfolio Update: How to Deal With the Issue of Fund Closings

    Feature: The semiannual update reviews the performance of the Fund Portfolio, provides a complete list of the current holdings, and details changes to the portfolio, as well as changes to the selection criteria and the recommendation process.

    August 2004 | Journal

  5. Matter of Opinion »

    Adjusting to Reality When Managing a Small-Cap Value Portfolio

    Feature: A quarterly update on the Individual Investor's Shadow Stock Portfolio.

    July 2004 | Journal

  6. Matter of Opinion »

    AAII's Shadow Stock Portfolio: An Update

    AAII's do-it-yourself approach to nano-cap stocks is holding its own.

    April 2004 | Journal