GADGET CORNER – SuperTooth Crystal Bluetooth Speakerphone

Posted on June 22, 2012 | Computerized Investing

Sleek, compact hands-free kit for making calls and listening to GPS directions while in the car.

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AAII Sentiment Survey: Bullish Sentiment Below Average for 12th Week

Posted on June 21, 2012 | AAII Survey

Bullish sentiment declined slightly, while bearish sentiment was essentially unchanged in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey.

Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, declined 1.1 percentage points to 32.9%. This is the 12th consecutive week that bullish sentiment has been below its historical average of 39%.

Neutral sentiment, expectations that stock prices will fall over the next six months, rose 1.1 percentage points to 31.2%. This puts it about even with the historical average of 31%.

Bearish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will fall over the next six months, edged up 0.1 percentage points to 35.9%. This is the 10th time in 11 weeks that bearish sentiment has been above its historical average of 30%.

This is the longest streak of consecutive below-average readings for bullish sentiment since a 14-week stretch from December 20, 2007, through March 20, 2008. Many individual investors remain fearful that further declines in stock prices could occur. Worries that the European sovereign debt crisis and a slower pace of U.S. economic growth will lead to a repeat of last summer’s correction are keeping pessimism at above-average levels.

This week’s special question asked what the Federal Open Market Committee should do over the next few months, if anything, to help the U.S. economy. (The results were tabulated before yesterday’s FOMC meeting statement was released.) Most respondents said the Fed should do nothing. The reasons varied from a belief that additional stimulus won’t help to worries about the potentially negative effects that previous stimulus actions will have to opinions that the Fed should wait for events in Europe and the November elections to unfold.

Among the small number of respondents who thought the Fed should act, most thought more stimulus should be provided. Some, however, thought the Fed should allow interest rates to rise.

Here is a sampling of the responses:

“No additional quantitative easing. I doubt it will work.”
“Nothing. The Fed has done enough.”
“Leave us alone and stop printing money.”
“Nothing, other than continuing to watch the economy and being prepared to act.”
“I don’t think Bernanke has many options left.”

This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey results:
Bullish: 32.9%, down 1.1 percentage points
Neutral: 31.2%, up 1.1 percentage points
Bearish: 35.9%, up 0.1 percentage points

Historical averages:

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

The AAII Sentiment Survey has been conducted weekly since July 1987 and asks AAII members whether they think stock prices will rise, remain essentially flat, or fall over the next six months. The survey period runs from Thursday (12:01 a.m.) to Wednesday (11:59 p.m.) The survey and its results are available online at: http://www.aaii.com/sentimentsurvey?a=blog



Guide to Stock Screening

Posted on June 21, 2012 | Stock Screens

These approaches run the full spectrum, from those that are value-based to those that focus primarily on growth. Some approaches are geared toward large-company stocks, while others uncover micro-sized firms. Most fall somewhere in the middle. There are even a number of specialty screens that attempt to gauge the stock selection impact of a single variable-such as earnings estimates revisions. Needless to say, the characteristics of these stock investment approaches vary widely.

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Stock Repurchase Activity

Posted on June 20, 2012 | Computerized Investing

Where to find news on companies that announce stock buyback plans and the level of overall buyback activity.

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The Role of Risk-Free Assets in Your Long-Term Portfolio

Posted on June 20, 2012 | AAII Journal

What is a risk-free asset, and what role should it play in your portfolio?

In the investment world, risk is typically associated with uncertainty in terms of returns: The greater the uncertainty surrounding future returns, the greater the risk. A risk-free asset is one with a certain future return.

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Sell of the week 6/20/2012

Posted on June 20, 2012 | Podcast

AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why Avon Products, Inc. (AVP) is his “Sell of the Week” on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring you the information you need to lead the MoneyLife.





AAII WEEKLY FEATURES 6/19/2012

Posted on June 19, 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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Buy of the Week 6/19/2012

Posted on June 19, 2012 | Podcast

AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why Insperity Inc. (NSP) is his “Buy of the Week” on the MoneyLife Radio Program. MoneyLife is a daily personal finance show that sorts through the financial clutter to bring you the information you need to lead the MoneyLife.





Setting Up an Ongoing Investing Program

Posted on June 19, 2012 | Classroom

The first step is always the hardest. And individual investors taking their first steps in an investment program must also confront a sea of stock market uncertainty. Some plunge headlong into the market with all their savings. Others barely wet their feet before heading back to the safe shores of their money market funds. The problem, however, with these two all-or-nothing approaches is one of timing—the risk of entering the market at a high point in the market cycle.

Dollar cost averaging is simple in concept: Invest a fixed amount at equal intervals and continue to do so over a long period. The result is that more shares of a stock or mutual fund are purchased when prices are relatively low and less are purchased when prices are relatively high. This can result in lower average per share cost over time.

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Sitelight and Reader Survey

Posted on June 18, 2012 | Computerized Investing

Chartastic is a free online charting service that offers ample, easy-to-use features.

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This Week’s Question

When dining at a restaurant, would you rather order and pay via a table-top screen or with a traditional waiter?
A) Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer ordering from a real person
B) It doesn’t matter to me, as long as my order’s correct
C) I am all for it since computerized ordering will cut down on the mistakes and speed up service

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