John Bogle’s Insights on Investor Mistakes
Comment posted to “Common Investor Mistakes and Other Investing Insights,” an interview with John C. Bogle, in the July 2014 AAII Journal.
I keep re-arranging the deck chairs because I keep thinking it will make me smarter. Thank you, Mr. Bogle, for your wisdom.
—Vernon Lewis from California
You did the membership a great favor by publishing your two-part interview with Jack Bogle. The man is the greatest benefactor of small investors in the history of the markets. I began following his advice back in the 1980s: Buy and hold very low-cost, broadly diversified index funds that implement your asset allocation. It has worked beautifully. It’s always good to be reminded of his wisdom and no-nonsense approach—keeps us focused on what works, rather than what’s the latest fad. Many thanks to you and to him!
— Robert Rudisill from Florida
Investors vs. Traders
Comment posted to “‘Market Wizards’” Advice: Doing the Uncomfortable Thing,” by Jack Schwager, in the July 2014 AAII Journal.
While this article and its insert section is interesting and may be helpful, I find it confusing also. Always of critical relevance (to me, anyway) is this most basic question: Is there a difference between being a “trader” and being an “investor”? I say yes! Articles like this seem to just commingle terms like “investor,” “trader,” “market participants” and “people.” We have: “This article is an excerpt from his new book, ‘The Little Book of Market Wizards,’” which distills the valuable insights from these interviews... into essential lessons every investor can benefit from.” Okay, well enough. It seems to me, though, that points are raised based on behaviors of traders, yet conclusions are made as if all people behave like traders do.
—Paul Senior from California
Tax Consequences of Investing
Comment posted to “The Tax Consequences of Investing,” by Charles Rotblut, CFA, in the July 2014 AAII Journal.
Excellent article and one of the ones I enjoy, a review of the basics and some detail that serves as a good reminder. I really enjoy these styles of articles.
—David Dolce from Rhode Island
Don’t Ignore Mid-Caps
Comment posted to “How Much Small Cap Should Be in Your Portfolio?,” by John McDermott, Ph.D., and Dana D’Auria, CFA, in the July 2014 AAII Journal.
While I agree with the premise of the article, I don’t think that it went far enough in that it seems to ignore mid-cap stocks. I think that a balanced approach to owning large-, mid- and small-cap stocks would serve better with the percentages determined by the investor’s situation.
—Robert Mclaughlin from Virginia
Correction on Covered Call Calculations
Comment posted to “Assembling a Covered Call Portfolio on Dividend-Paying Stocks,” by Ben Branch, in the June 2014 AAII Journal.
It appears that Mr. Branch makes a basic mathematical error by triple-counting the $0.83 call premium, does he not? First he counts it as part of the reduction in cost basis. Then, he includes it as part of the income for the holding period. Then he counts it again as part of the total return.
—Bill Haug from Nevada
Charles Rotblut responds:
We’ve corrected the error on AAII.com. The gain calculation for the covered call position on shares of AT&T (T) should have been $1.38 in dividends plus $2.23 in capital gains less the stock purchase price of $35.60 adjusted for $0.83 in call proceeds. The formula is ($1.38 + $2.23) ÷ ($35.60 – $0.83), for a gain of 10.38% ($3.61 ÷ $34.77).