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TheAmerican Association of Individual Investorsis a nonprofit organization with about 150,000 members1whose purpose is to educate individual investors regarding stock market portfolios, financial planning, and retirement accounts.2AAII assists individuals in becoming effective managers of their own assets through programs of education, information and research.3The organization markets itself as an unbiased source of investment information because of its not-for-profit status.
The organization was founded in 1978 by James Cloonan, Ph.D. Over the last thirty years, AAIIs members report investment returns that are consistently higher than those of the stock market as a whole2(using theS&P 500as reference). Since 2003, AAII has maintained two real portfoliosashadow stockportfolio and a mutual fund portfolio for education purposes. These portfolios returns and contents are available online and, the site reports, have outperformed the market considerably over the course of their existence.4
(the organizations monthly ad-free magazine), access to the organizations model portfolios, techniques for screening stocks, free investment courses, and other benefits.
For members interested in using their computers as an investment resource, AAII offers the
journal andmicrositefor an additional annual fee.
Syndicated columnist Humberto Cruz has mentioned AAII in his investment advice columns: In a comparison between ms investment education and BetterInvesting.com, he wrote, For my money, I prefer AAII.
AAII.com has earned a Best of the Web award from Forbes.
AAIIs Sentiment Survey, which is a weekly poll (indicator) of its members opinion on where the market will be in six months, is often written about by financial bloggers and other personal investment organizations, who consider the survey to be among the best of contrarian indicators.
AAII.com was mentioned in a June 2006 Newsweek article: If you want more-technical information, try the American Association of Individual Investors.
AAII.com was treated more critically by Johnathan Ping in his Mymoneyblog, which not only details the 2009 revenue to salary and marketing costs of the organization, but argues that the performance claims of the AAII portfolios are not entirely honest.
Many of AAIIs members have created local chapters which meet from time to time to listen to speakers and discuss investment. AAII has a page on their website which lists all of these events, organized by city.
Forbes.com.Forbes.com Best of the Web – AAII.
. Archived fromthe originalon February 4, 2012
Better Business Bureau.BBB Review of American Association of Individual Investors.
Humberto Cruz.Humberto Cruz: Long-term investing or out for the quick buck?.
Peter Birchler.Sentiment Surveys and the VIX.
tradersnarrative.com.Sentiment Overview: Week of February 13th, 2009.
SentimentTrader.com.AAII Sentiment Survey. Archived fromthe originalon 2009-05-13.
Chiconomics101.com.Chiconomics 101: Stocking Up. Archived fromthe originalon July 8, 2011.
Jonathan Ping.American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) Review The Numbers Behind The Non-Profit.
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