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Wayne Thorp

Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, is senior financial analyst and a vice president at AAII. He is the former editor of Computerized Investing and now oversees the content strategy for AAII. He has written extensively on the topics of technical analysis, quantitative stock selection, stock valuation and analysis and technology. He is the program manager for Stock Investor Pro, AAII's fundamental stock screening and research database programs. Wayne is also on the advisory committees of AAII's Stock Superstars and Dividend Investing newsletters.

Just seven weeks ago in this column, I was discussing how the Dow’s inability to cross the 20,000 barrier had reached historic proportions. At that time, the Dow had traded within 1% of the 20,000 mark for 23 days. Eventually, it took 30 days after getting within 1% of 20,000...

Weekly Market Summary President Trump, the economy and the Federal Reserve played pivotal roles in the U.S. stock market this week. Stocks were basically flat to start the week in anticipation of Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. A slightly disappointing gross...

The IRS requires that funds be withdrawn from nearly all retirement accounts, including traditional IRAs, 401(k) plans, and SEPs. These withdrawals are known as required minimum distributions, or simply RMDs. Once a retiree turns age 70½, the withdrawals must be made annually....

According to The World Bank, global growth is projected to rise to 2.7% in 2017 after expanding by a post-financial-crisis-low 2.3% in 2016. The organization expects growth in emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) to pick up in 2017. However, it also sees downside risks...

We have posted our monthly changes to the SSR tracking portfolio. For more information on this month’s deletion and addition, read the March SSR Monthly Report. February Market Recap The momentum of U.S. stocks that took hold in the aftermath of the November election continued...

Weekly Market Summary U.S. indexes continued their upward march this week, although there may be some indications that the momentum generated by rhetoric from President Trump may need actual policy statements for it to continue. Traders will be watching the President’s address...

We are now less than two months from the April 18 federal tax filing deadline. Taxes are traditionally due on April 15, but the IRS pushes off the due date if it falls on a weekend or holiday. This year, April 15 falls on a Saturday. The next business day, Monday, April 17, is...

Not all that long ago, “stock-picking” entailed tedious, relentless research. In order to get the complete financial picture of a firm and its shares, individual investors had to scour the pages of financial newspapers or pore over scores of thick, dull annual reports. You...

Please note that U.S. markets will be closed on Monday, February 20, in observance of Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day). AAII offices will also be closed. This week saw several market indexes notch multiple all-time highs. The Dow Jones industrial average recorded its...

Weekly Market Summary Renewed promises from President Trump of a new tax plan and generally positive economic and earnings data sent U.S. stocks upward again this week. In fact, this week the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite notched intraday...