CI Weekly Features: December 17, 2011

Posted on December 17, 2011 | Computerized Investing

This Week’s CI email features:
Grant Henning’s Technical-Momentum Stock Trading System
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.

Select Sector SPDRs
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.

Tax Preparation Services
Online services provide an easy way to prepare and file your tax returns, plus they have systems in place to double-check your work.

Featured App – mSecure Password Manager

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

Download of the Week – 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.

Gadget Corner – ZAGGfolio for iPad 2 Keyboard Case

All-in-one multi-function keyboard and case for Apple iPad 2.

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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12/16/2011 Weekly updates and SSG files are available to download

Posted on December 17, 2011 | Stock Investor Pro

Weekly updates for Stock Investor Pro and SSG files as of 12/16/2011 are available to download.

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AAII Investor Update: Should You Buy These 5 Dow Stocks?

Posted on December 16, 2011 | Investor Update

AT&T (T), General Electric (GE), Intel (INTC), Merck (MRK) and Pfizer (PFE) are currently passing our Dogs of the Dow: Low Priced 5 screen. This screen is tied for the year’s best-performing value strategy on AAII.com.

I bring this up to pose a question: Should you buy the passing stocks?

Before you answer, stop and consider what I have told you about them so far. They are among the highest-yielding stocks in the Dow, hence the screen’s “Dogs of the Dow” moniker. These stocks also pass this year’s top-performing value screen.

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Gadget Corner – Maxell AirStash

Posted on December 16, 2011 | Computerized Investing

As the owner of two iPads, a Motorola Xoom and a Samsung Galaxy Tab, I know how useful mobile devices can be. One major drawback, however, is the difficulty of transferring files to and from these devices. Depending on the device, you may not have connections for external drives (as is the case with the iPad). While you can use cloud-based storage services such as Dropbox, you must have Internet access to order to make the transfer. In response to this need, devices have been coming to the market that allow you to wirelessly transfer files.

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December 2011 AAII Model Portfolios Updated

Posted on December 15, 2011 | Model Portfolios

1-Year Returns as of 11/30/11: AAII Fund Portfolio 4.0% — AAII Shadow Stock Portfolio 10.2%.

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Online Discount Brokers

Posted on December 15, 2011 | Computerized Investing

Being a member of AAII most likely means that you do your own investing in some form. Due to their relative low costs and ease of use, online discount brokerages are one of the most popular methods of buying and selling investment holdings. Since most discount brokerages have similar pricing models, each makes an effort to distinguish its service from competitors by offering more powerful research and analytical tools for the do-it-yourselfer.

We set our focus on the top five most widely used online discount brokerage services, as rated by our members. Although we only review the top five, the survey results from our members indicate that these five brokerages combine to account for about 72% of total use.

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The December 2011 passing company lists and performance data is now available on-line

Posted on December 15, 2011 | Stock Screens

YTD Return of Top Performers: T. Rowe Price 117.4% — Stock Market Winners 18.4%.

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Download of the Week – XLQ

Posted on December 14, 2011 | Computerized Investing

XLQ delivers free live, intraday and historical worldwide stock market data. Data can be used in XLQ, xlqCompanion, MS Excel and other programs, or with programming languages through a COM interface from Yahoo! and MSN. With more than 300 formulas available, XLQ can maintain a portfolio or perform personalized in-depth stock analysis. In addition to real-time market data updated from the Internet, XLQ also provides an Excel interface for all data from AAII’s Stock Investor Pro.

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Four Basic Steps to Gauging a Firm’s True Financial Position

Posted on December 14, 2011 | Investing

If you were to analyze your own finances, you typically would start by looking at how much money you have in your checking account and at the transactions posted to your account. This usually represents “the truth” about how you really spent all of your money.

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Stocks

Posted on December 13, 2011 | Computerized Investing

Portfolio tracker for Android devices that syncs with Google Finance.

Recently we reviewed Stock Watcher, an Android app that allows you to track your portfolios. This week we review another such app, Stocks from Dato. Very similar to Stock Watcher, Stocks has the added benefit of syncing with your Google Finance account so you can track your portfolios without having to recreate them.

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