by CI Staff
AAII offers numerous tools to help investors create, manage and track investment portfolios. Links to these tools are grouped together for easy access at the upper left side of AAII’s home page at www.aaii.com under the heading “Portfolios.”
The Portfolio Tracker, called “My Portfolio,” allows AAII members to create up to 10 portfolios with up to 52 stocks, mutual funds or exchange-traded funds in each portfolio. For new users, creating portfolios is simple—just enter ticker symbols, number of shares, purchase price, date bought and commissions paid. You can add up to 10 securities in each batch. A “Getting Started Guide” offers step-by-step instructions.
The default Portfolio Value view shows portfolio performance by individual security as well as performance for the entire portfolio. You can rank the table by any of the criteria; to save the ranking for future use, choose the Default (pushpin) icon at the top of the page. To view quotes and research information on an individual security in your portfolio, click the ticker symbol.
The Detailed View breaks the portfolio down by security and reports current quote data for each security including current price, bid and ask prices, 52-week high and low, the day’s high and low prices, daily volume, and price-earnings ratio.
The Fundamentals tab lists fundamental data for each security such as yield, dividend data and price-earnings ratio. You can compare your portfolio’s performance to a number of market indexes in the Market Info tab and record other personal assets such as cash or jewels in the Assets area.
Data can be printed or downloaded to an Excel file. All data is delayed by 15 minutes. To create your portfolios, choose “My Portfolio” from the Portfolios section of the home page.
Portfolio Management Area
AAII’s portfolio management area is an educational resource for members interested in asset allocation and portfolio building.
Articles include topics such as rebalancing, performance calculations, achieving an appropriate asset allocation, dealing with various market conditions, risk management, investing psychology and more.
The Portfolio Observer is a unique tool that reports on the historical performance of a variety of diversification and allocation strategies. Three allocation types (aggressive, moderate and conservative) reflect the varying investment horizons and risk profiles of investors. Each allocation strategy is assigned an asset breakdown, and representative benchmarks are displayed for each investing category. The performances of these representative benchmarks are updated monthly and are combined to generate hypothetical performance data for each allocation strategy. The breakdowns and performance results are displayed in tables and charts.
To access the Portfolio Management area of AAII.com, choose “Portfolio Management” from the Portfolios section of the home page.
AAII’s Model Portfolios
AAII offers three model portfolios with the goal of showing you how to manage a successful portfolio using buy and sell rules and keeping trades to a minimum by assessing the portfolios only a few times a year. A stepping-off point and summary of performance for the model portfolios is found at the “Intro to Portfolios” link in the Portfolios section of the home page.
Shadow Stock Portfolio
AAII’s Model Shadow Stock Portfolio reflects Founder and Chairman Jim Cloonan’s investing philosophy, which holds that: The best stocks for individual investors are not the same stocks that are best for institutions; the best returns come from giving major consideration to risk; and success comes more from concern for the overall portfolio than for individual stocks.
The Shadow Stock Portfolio is updated on a quarterly basis with buys and sells. Performance data is updated monthly and statistics on current holdings are updated intraday. Articles about the portfolio, the buy and sell rules, a list of current holdings and performance as well as a list of companies currently meeting the purchase rules, are available at the “Shadow Stock Portfolio” area of the Portfolios section.
Mutual Fund Portfolio
The Model Mutual Fund Portfolio illustrates an approach to mutual fund selection that follows the same philosophy as the Shadow Stock Portfolio. The emphasis is on consistency, risk control, and the selection of funds that follow approaches that an individual investor, rather than an institution, should follow.
Mutual funds holdings are updated twice per year and performance and fund statistics are updated monthly. To view a list of current holdings, see performance data, read about the portfolio selection rules and review transaction history, choose “Mutual Fund Portfolio” from the Portfolios section of the home page.
Model ETF Portfolio
The newest addition to AAII’s group of model portfolios is the Model ETF Portfolio. This experimental portfolio combines exchange-traded funds with the goal of providing effective risk reduction through diversification.
Holdings for the ETF portfolio are updated twice per year and performance data is updated monthly. To learn more about the Model ETF Portfolio, choose “ETF Portfolio” from the Portfolios section.
AAII Stock Screens
AAII’s Stock Screens area provides members with access to a wide range of stock strategies and investment approaches. AAII stock screens and passing company lists are designed to guide you in finding investment ideas.
The 50-plus stock screens encompass value and growth criteria and were developed based on the investing ideas and philosophies of well-known investment gurus.
For each screen tracked, AAII provides an overview, a list of screen criteria, performance data, and a list of companies currently meeting all screen criteria. Data is updated in the middle of each month with prior month-end data. To access AAII’s stock screens, choose “AAII Stock Screens” from the Portfolios section of the home page.