AAII Sentiment Survey: Neutral Sentiment at Highest Level Since 2005

Posted on December 22, 2011 | AAII Survey

This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey results – December 22, 2011:

Bullish: 33.7%; down 6.5 percentage points
Neutral: 38.0%; up 11.9 percentage points
Bearish: 28.2%; down 5.4 percentage points

Historical Averages:

Bullish: 39%
Neutral: 31%
Bearish: 30%

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Taking the Load Off of “Must Have” Fully Loaded Funds

Posted on December 22, 2011 | Investing

Mutual fund investors should avoid unnecessary charges whenever possible. After all, the bottom line in any investment is how it performs for the investor, and that performance includes consideration of all loads, fees and expenses.

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CI Download of the Week

Posted on December 21, 2011 | Computerized Investing

Flair Finance

Flair Finance is a personal financial management program with an intuitive user interface that can assist you in tracking your income and expenses.

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Favorite Online Spreadsheet Service

Posted on December 21, 2011 | AAII Journal

Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, editor of Computerized Investing, reveals his favorite online spreadsheet service, Zoho. While not as robust as software-based spreadsheet programs such as those from OpenOffice and Microsoft, you can access online spreadsheets from any computer and, if you choose, share and collaborate with others. For more on online spreadsheet programs, see the First Quarter 2011 Computerized Investing feature, available to CI subscribers at www.computerizedinvesting.com.

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AAII Weekly Features 12/20/2011

Posted on December 20, 2011 | Weekly Features

This week’s AAII Weekly Features has been updated.
View this week’s “TOP AAII ARTICLES” , “Featured Stock Screen ” and “Member Question”.

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Select Sector SPDRs

Posted on December 20, 2011 | Computerized Investing

The Standard & Poor’s depositary receipts (SPDRs) offered at Select Sector SPDRs are a useful investment for individuals looking to round out their portfolio. These SPDR exchange-traded funds (ETFs) divide the S&P 500 into nine sectors (consumer discretionary, consumer staples, energy, financial, health care, industrial, materials, technology and utilities) allowing investors to quickly and easily gain exposure to certain sectors that their portfolio may be lacking.

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Dreman Screen

Posted on December 20, 2011 | Stock Screens

David Dreman is a well-known contrarian investor. AAII’s Dreman Screen follows his approach by searching for companies with strong earnings, but low valuations.

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CI Featured App and Reader Survey

Posted on December 19, 2011 | Computerized Investing

mSecure Password Manager

Android app protects personal information such as account numbers, usernames and passwords.

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This Week’s Question

Do you have a solid state drive (SSD) in your desktop or laptop? Would you be willing to pay the steep price premium for the faster speed?
A) Yes, I have an SSD in my laptop or desktop
B) No, I do not have an SSD, but I would be willing to pay the price premium for improved performance
C) No, I do not have an SSD, and I would not be willing to pay the price premium for improved performance

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Beginning Investor: How to Start

Posted on December 19, 2011 | Investing

If you are brand new to investing, the question you are probably asking yourself is: “What should I do first?”

It is not an easy question to answer for someone who is just starting to manage their portfolio. There are many options available, with just subtle differences between some choices. More importantly, you do not want your first investment to be a losing one.

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Grant Henning’s Technical-Momentum Stock Trading System

Posted on December 18, 2011 | Computerized Investing

Henning’s approach is based on the belief that using mathematical models to select stocks can eliminate the guesswork and emotion from the investment process.

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