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Maria Scott

author Image Maria Crawford Scott is the former editor of the AAII Journal.


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  1. Finding the Right Withdrawal Rate: One Key to
Portfolio Sustainability image

    Financial Planning »

    Finding the Right Withdrawal Rate: One Key to Portfolio Sustainability

    A proper withdrawal approach ensures your retirement savings last, and allows you to separate your allocation decisions from your income needs.

    July 2012 | Journal

  2. Editor's Note »

    Editor's Note

    A message from the editor of the AAII Journal.

    December 2009 | Journal

  3. The Individual Investor's Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds: 2009 image

    Features »

    The Individual Investor's Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds: 2009

    Our annual survey covers over 750 stock and bond exchange-traded funds, plus information on how they work and what you need to know about investing in them.

    October 2009 | Journal

  4. Investor Professor »

    Munis vs. Taxables: How to Determine the Taxable Equivalent Yield

    Munis offer income that is sheltered from federal taxes, but at yields that are typically lower than taxable bonds. How do you compare bonds yields that receive different tax treatments? A relatively simple formula puts the yields on an equal tax footing.

    July 2009 | Journal

  5. Bonds »

    Munis vs. Taxables: How to Determine the Taxable Equivalent Yield

    Munis offer income that is sheltered from federal taxes, but at yields that are typically lower than taxable bonds. How do you compare bonds yields that receive different tax treatments? A relatively simple formula puts the yields on an equal tax footing.

    July 2009 | Evergreen

  6. Stock Strategies »

    Lowering Your Costs: How to Take Advantage of Direct Purchase Plans

    A simple, low-cost and low-minimum way to start investing in individual stocks is to go straight to the company source. Direct purchase plans allow you to buy shares directly from the company without a broker. A look at how the plans work and how to find them.

    June 2009 | Journal

  7. Investor Professor »

    Dividend Safety Signs and Warning Flags

    Many investors have sought shelter from the stock market storm in more mature dividend-paying companies. But in this market environment, how can you be sure a company has the financial resources to continue payments? Signs and warning flags you can use to evaluate the safety of a company's dividend payment stream.

    June 2009 | Journal

  8. Portfolio Strategies »

    The Core Approach to Building an Effective ETF Portfolio

    As investment products increase in number and complexity, many individuals are searching for an approach that keeps it simple and low-cost. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer a useful starting point, and using the core index portfolio approach, you can build effective portfolios ranging from the basic to the complex--all at a low cost.

    October 2008 | Journal

  9. Portfolio Strategies »

    Building an ETF Portfolio: From the Simple to the Complex

    You can keep it simple while making it complex. By using a simple, index-based approach, you can build a low-cost, low-maintenance fully diversified portfolio of exchange-traded funds that can range from the basic to the intricate. A look at the low-hassle ETF portfolio.

    October 2007 | Journal

  10. Portfolio Strategies »

    The Actively Passive Trend: Indexes Get a Makeover

    This year's crop of ETFs highlights a growing trend in index fund investing--an attempt to redefine the index concept. A look at the makeover trend.

    October 2006 | Journal

  11. Features »

    The Individual Investor's Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds 2006

    Our annual guide this year features 293 exchange-traded funds--portfolio baskets of securities that look like mutual funds but trade like stocks.

    October 2006 | Journal

  12. Portfolio Strategies »

    The EZ Approach to ETF Portfolio Building

    Despite the dizzying array of complicated investment products to choose among, there is a simple way to build a low-cost, low-maintenance, fully diversified portfolio. And all you need are a few key exchange-traded funds. A look at the low-hassle ETF portfolio.

    October 2005 | Journal

  13. Mutual Funds »

    The Individual Investor's Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds 2005

    Our annual guide to over 180 exchange-traded funds--portfolio baskets of securities that look like mutual funds but trade like stocks. Includes a complete listing of all existing stock and fixed-income exchange-traded funds, plus articles on what you need to know about investing in them.

    October 2005 | Journal

  14. Mutual Funds »

    The Individual Investor's Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds, 2nd Edition

    Mutual Funds: Our annual guide to the hot new competitors to index mutual funds includes a complete listing of over 150 stock and fixed-income exchange-traded funds, plus articles on what you need to know to about investing in them.

    October 2004 | Journal

  15. Portfolio Manager Interview »

    An Interview With Richard F. Aster Jr., Portfolio Manager, Meridian Growth Fund

    Feature: A mid-cap fund that searches for growth stocks with reasonable valuations.

    May 2004 | Journal