GADGET CORNER – HP ProOne 600 All-in-One PC
Posted on December 20, 2013 | Computerized Investing
All-in-one Windows PC for enterprise and consumer use.
DIVIDEND INVESTING ALERT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 12/20/2013
Posted on December 20, 2013 | Dividend Investing
The big financial news this week was obviously the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) decision to taper its bond purchases. Monthly purchases of agency mortgage-backed securities and longer-term Treasury securities will each be reduced by $5 billion, to $35 billion and $40 billion, respectively. Future reductions in purchases by the Fed are likely, though current forecasts suggest more than $400 billion in bonds could still be purchased in 2014.
Microsoft Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers (for iPhone)
Posted on December 19, 2013 | Computerized Investing
Microsoft Office Mobile allows you to view and edit Microsoft Office documents from your iPhone.
The Fed’s Shift in Policy, Plus RMDs
Posted on December 19, 2013 | Investor Update
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to shift its monetary policy yesterday. Monthly purchases of agency mortgage-backed securities and longer-term Treasury securities will each be reduced by $5 billion, to $35 billion and $40 billion, respectively. This tapering is significant in that it represents the beginning of the end of quantitative easing, but it is subtle in terms of the likely short-term impact on the economy.
AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Jumps to an 8-Week High
Posted on December 19, 2013 | AAII Survey
Optimism rebounded to an eight-week high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, as pessimism remained below average for the 10th consecutive week.
Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, jumped 6.2 percentage points to 47.5%. This is the ninth time in the past 11 weeks and the 11th in the last 15 weeks that optimism is above 40%. The historical average is 39.0%.
Neutral sentiment, expectations that stock prices will stay essentially unchanged, dropped 6.3 percentage points to 27.5%. The historical average is 30.5%.
Bearish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will fall over the next six months, increased 0.1 percentage points to 25.1%. This is the 10th consecutive week and the 12th out of the past 14 weeks with a bearish sentiment reading below the historical average of 30.5%.
The current streak of consecutive weeks with a below-average level of pessimism is the longest since the first quarter of 2012. Bearish sentiment was below 30.5% for 14 consecutive weeks from January 5, 2012 through April 5, 2012. Though pessimism is below average, concerns about the pace of economic growth, elevated stock valuations and the lack of a long-term fiscal solution have not gone away. Nonetheless, many individual investors continue to be encouraged by the new record highs established by the large-cap indexes along with earnings growth and economic growth. All three sentiment measures are within their typical historical ranges.
Yesterday’s Federal Open Market Committee statement was released at the end of the survey period and likely only had a minimal impact on the results. This week’s results do, however, include reaction to the announcement of the bipartisan budget agreement.
This week’s special question asked AAII members how the compromise on the federal budget impacted their first-quarter outlook for stocks. Responses were essentially evenly split between those who said the compromise hasn’t impacted their outlook and those who said it makes them more optimistic about how the market will perform. Several respondents said they were encouraged by the reduced level of political uncertainty. A smaller number of respondents said, before yesterday’s Federal Reserve announcement, that any change to monetary stimulus would have a bigger impact on their short-term outlook.
This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey:
- Bullish: 47.5%, up 6.2 percentage points
- Neutral: 27.5%, down 6.3 percentage points
- Bearish: 25.1%, up 0.1 percentage points
- 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 December 18, 2013 | Computerized Investing
Home Budget Soft is a personal finance program that lets users manually track their income and expenses.
Sell OF THE WEEK 12/18/2013
Posted on December 18, 2013 | Podcast
AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut Editor explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why Campbell Soup Company (CPB) 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
The Top Mutual Fund Screening Services
Posted on December 17, 2013 | Computerized Investing
An in-depth look at the best programs and websites for filtering a universe of mutual funds down to a manageable list.
BUY OF THE WEEK 12/17/2013
Posted on December 17, 2013 | Podcast
AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut Editor explains to Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch why Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP) 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
AAII WEEKLY FEATURES 12/17/2013
Posted on December 17, 2013 | Weekly Features
This week’s AAII Weekly Features has been updated.
View this week’s Top AAII Articles, Featured Stock Screen and Member Question.