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Cara Scatizzi

author Image Cara Scatizzi is a former associate financial analyst at AAII.


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  1. Features »

    Buying Straight From the Source: AAII's 2008 Direct Purchase Plan Guide

    Want a simple, low-cost way to invest in a firm? One approach is to go straight to the source, using direct purchase plans, which allow you to buy shares directly from the company without a broker. This year's annual guide lists over 430 plans.

    June 2008 | Journal

  2. Offbeat Offerings »

    Offbeat Offerings: Treasury STRIPS

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on Treasury STRIPS.

    May 2008 | Journal

  3. Offbeat Offerings »

    Offbeat Offerings: Closed-End Funds

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on closed-end funds.

    April 2008 | Journal

  4. Offbeat Offerings »

    Offbeat Offerings: Investing in Gold

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on gold investing.

    February 2008 | Journal

  5. Offbeat Offerings »

    Offbeat Offerings: Unit Investment Trusts

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on unit investment trusts.

    January 2008 | Journal

  6. Computerized-investing »

    Comparison: On-Line Discount Brokers 2008

    A comprehensive listing of 44 on-line discount brokers can help you pinpoint the ones that offer the rates and services you need. Plus, a list of direct access brokers.

    January 2008 | Computerized-investing

  7. Computerized-investing »

    TaxCut Premium vs. TurboTax Premier

    Head-to-head competition between the two heavyweights in the electronic tax-preparation arena.

    January 2008 | Computerized-investing

  8. Offbeat Offerings »

    Offbeat Offerings: EE Savings Bonds

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on government-backed EE Savings Bonds.

    November 2007 | Journal

  9. Features »

    The Individual Investor's 2007 Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds

    Our annual guide this year features over 500 exchange-traded funds. Included is a complete listing of all existing stock and fixed-income exchange-traded funds, plus articles on how they work and what you need to know about investing in them.

    October 2007 | Journal

  10. Offbeat Offerings »

    Offbeat Offerings: Fixed-Rate Capital Securities

    A starting point for investors. This issue's focus is on fixed-rate capital securities--debt/equity hybrids that offer attractive yields, fixed-income payments and a higher claim than preferred shares.

    September 2007 | Journal

  11. Computerized-investing »

    Comparison: Comprehensive Web Sites

    A look at 10 sites that function as all-in-one shops for investors, providing portfolio management, stock and fund news and data, screening tools, message boards and financial planning tools.

    September 2007 | Computerized-investing

  12. Offbeat Offerings »

    Offbeat Offerings: American Depositary Receipts

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on American Depositary Receipts (ADRs).

    August 2007 | Journal

  13. Offbeat Offerings »

    Offbeat Offerings: REITs

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on real estate investment trusts (REITs).

    July 2007 | Journal

  14. Computerized-investing »

    Comparison: Portfolio Management Software Programs

    An in-depth look at eight disk-based portfolio managers best suited for individual investors.

    July 2007 | Computerized-investing

  15. Features »

    Going Straight to the Source: AAII's 2007 Guide to Direct Purchase Plans

    Direct purchase plans let you go straight to the source to buy company shares, which means you can buy stock with little or no commission. This year's annual guide lists over 430 plans.

    June 2007 | Journal