AAII Sentiment Survey: Bearish sentiment pulled back from unusually high levels

Posted on May 24, 2012 | AAII Survey

This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey results – May 24, 2012:

Bullish: 30.5%, up 6.9 percentage points
Neutral: 30.9%, up 0.4 percentage points
Bearish: 38.7%, down 7.3 percentage points

Historical Averages:

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

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Stock Screening With Walter Schloss

Posted on May 24, 2012 | Computerized Investing

Many individual investors may not be familiar with the investment guru that Warren Buffett calls a “super investor.” Walter J. Schloss studied under Ben Graham in 1935 and started his own fund in 1955. Schloss’ son joined the fund in 1973 and subsequently renamed it Walter & Edwin Schloss Associates.

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Extreme Anxiety: Evaluating Current Market Levels

Posted on May 24, 2012 | Investing

Keeping an eye on the market over the last year may have given you a bad case of emotional whiplash, with its apparent moves from one extreme to the other. It is easy to get swept up in the euphoria of a bull market as market levels rise, and then succumb to the deep pessimism of a bear market as the bottom apparently drops out of the market. However, markets rarely stay at historical extremes; eventually, they move back toward “normal” levels, although the speed of this adjustment is far from certain. The big question is: What is a “normal” level?

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Upcoming Chapter Meeting: AAII Connecticut

Posted on May 24, 2012 | Local Chapters

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012
Topic: How to Get the Highest Returns With the Least Effort
Speaker: Sheldon Jacobs, Author; Founder, The No-Load Fund Investor

Sheldon Jacobs will be returning for his third visit to our chapter. His newsletter, The No-Load Fund Investor, was the number one financial newsletter in America for risk-adjusted performance for 15 years ending June 2006 (source: Hulbert Financial Digest). Investor’s Business Daily calls Jacobs the “King of No-Loads” and USA Today calls him the “Dean of the No-Load Fund Watchers.” In July of 1993, he was one of five nationally recognized mutual fund advisors chosen by The New York Times for a mutual fund portfolio competition. His portfolio produced the highest return of all contestants for almost seven years.

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Posted on May 23, 2012 | 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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Posted on May 23, 2012 | Computerized Investing

myINFOSAFE – myINFOSAFE is a secure digital vault that will store and help organize all of a user’s personal information and that of their family.

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Money in the Bank: How to Find Opportunities in a Fallen Sector

Posted on May 23, 2012 | AAII Journal

Looking at banking stocks? This 2008 AAII Journal article explains which ratios you should use.

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BlackGold iPad Edition

Posted on May 22, 2012 | Computerized Investing

Track a variety of commodities on your iPad.

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Shareholder Letter Revelations: Can You Trust the Leadership?

Posted on May 22, 2012 | Investing

Judging a firm’s leaders is an important step in analyzing a stock for investment. But it’s a murky area that offers no solid statistics to review. And most investors don’t get the chance to actually meet a company’s CEO and other officers in order to get a feel for how the firm is run.

The one window into a CEO’s perspective and goals is the shareholder letter contained in the annual report. But upon reading one, you might find that you can’t understand what the CEO is trying to say. Often, shareholder letters are riddled with jargon and glossy prose that convey no information. Six of the most popular CEO letter clichés…

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Life Insurance and Estate Gifting

Posted on May 21, 2012 | AAII Journal

Potential changes in the tax law next year make it a smart estate-planning strategy to give as a large of a gift now as possible.

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