GADGET CORNER – Digital Treasures PocketPro Padfolio Case

Posted on August 30, 2013 | Computerized Investing

Padded folio case for 13-inch Ultrabooks and MacBooks.

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STOCK SUPERSTARS ALERT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 8/30/2013

Posted on August 30, 2013 | Stock Superstars Report

Stock Superstars alert for the week ending 8/30/2013 updated.

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DIVIDEND INVESTING ALERT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 08/30/2013

Posted on August 30, 2013 | Dividend Investing

A mammoth deal is being discussed in the telecom sector.

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RTTNews.com

Posted on August 29, 2013 | Computerized Investing

RTTNews.com provides the latest news on the economy, markets, politics and more. On the home page, a news column displays the headlines for all the latest economic and market news.

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Emerging Markets Are Out of Sync

Posted on August 29, 2013 | Investor Update

Correlations have not only declined among U.S. stocks, but they have also declined between U.S. stocks and their emerging market counterparts. While U.S. stocks have held onto most of their 2013 gains, emerging markets have struggled, with a funk emanating from some of them.

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AAII Sentiment Survey: Neutral Sentiment Rises as Pessimism Pulls Back

Posted on August 29, 2013 | AAII Survey

Neutral sentiment rose back above its historical average as pessimism fell in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey.

Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rebounded by 4.6 percentage points to 33.5%. Even with the rise, optimism is below its historical average of 39.0% for the fourth time in five weeks.

Neutral sentiment, expectations that stock prices will stay essentially unchanged, rebounded by 7.5 percentage points to 35.7%. This is the 19th time in 23 weeks that neutral sentiment is above its historical average of 30.5%.

Bearish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will fall over the next six months, pulled back by 12.1 percentage points to 30.7%. The drop ends a streak of six consecutive weeks with rising levels of pessimism. The historical average is 30.5%.

The sharp pullback in bearish sentiment is not surprising given the ongoing volatility we have seen in the survey results over the past several months. The drop in pessimism should not be confused with signaling a more bullish stance on the part of individual investors, however. Many remain cautious given current market valuations, slow economic growth, the possibility of the Federal Reserve tapering its bond purchases and a lack of progress on key issues by Congress and the president. The approximate 4% decline in stock prices since early August is also having some effect on sentiment.

This week’s special question asked AAII members if they allocate more to individual stocks or to index funds. More than a third (37%) said they allocate more to stocks. Greater control and the chance to beat the market were the primary reasons given as to why. Slightly less than a quarter of respondents (23%) said they allocate more to index funds. Less risk and more diversification were the reasons given as to why. Notably 8% said they are allocating more to cash or intend to raise their cash allocations, even though we did not ask them about this.

Here is a sampling of the responses:

  • “Individual stocks. I want to do better than the indexes.”
  • “Individual stocks because the correlation is less than it is with index funds.”
  • “Index funds are the easiest and safest way to get market coverage and diversification.”
  • “Index funds. I’m trying to eliminate the risk of individual stock fluctuations.”
  • “More to individual stocks that pay dividends. I am near retirement age.”

This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey:

  • Bullish: 33.5%, up 4.6 percentage points
  • Neutral: 35.7%, up 7.5 percentage points
  • Bearish: 30.7%, down 12.1 percentage points

Historical averages:

  • Bullish: 39.0%
  • Neutral: 30.5%
  • Bearish: 30.5%

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



CI DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK

Posted on August 28, 2013 | Computerized Investing

Money Manager Ex is a budgeting software package that enables users to keep track of their income and expenses and generate reports on their budget and spending habits.

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Sell OF THE WEEK 8/28/2013

Posted on August 28, 2013 | Podcast

AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut Editor explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why Staples (SPLS) 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.

Audio url: Sell of the week




Common Size Financial Statements

Posted on August 27, 2013 | Computerized Investing

A template from AAII that uses balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement data to make financial comparisons.

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BUY OF THE WEEK 8/27/2013

Posted on August 27, 2013 | Podcast

AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut Editor explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why Schlumberger (SLB) 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.

Audio url: Buy of the week





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