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Wayne Thorp

author Image Wayne A. Thorp is a vice president and senior financial analyst at AAII and editor of Computerized Investing. Follow him on Twitter at @WayneTAAII.

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Areas of Expertise: computerized investing, stock analysis, stock screening, technical analysis

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Topics Presented in Speeches: “How to Analyze a Stock,” “Finding a Stock Winner: First Step Screening,” “Computerized Stock Screening & Analysis” and “Stock Screening Using Stock Investor Pro

Wayne A. Thorp is a vice president at AAII and the editor of Computerized Investing, a newsletter considered to be the premier publication covering the use of personal computers for financial planning, investment analysis and portfolio management. As a financial columnist for AAII, Thorp has written a column for the AAIIJournal on technical analysis as well as articles on stock screening and analysis. He is also product manager for the Stock Investor Pro computerized fundamental data and screening program and serves on the Stock Superstars Report (SSR) and Dividend Investing (DI) advisory committees.

Thorp is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2002. He has been with AAII since 1997.

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  1. Computerized-investing »

    BearExtender PC Wi-Fi USB Receiver

    Wi-Fi USB receiver that extends the range of USB and built-in Wi-Fi products.

    September 2011 | Computerized-investing

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    soundmatters foxL v2.2 Bluetooth Speaker

    Portable speaker offering a wireless Bluetooth connection.

    August 2011 | Computerized-investing

  3. Computerized-investing »

    Eye-Fi Pro X2 Wireless Memory Card

    Memory card with Wi-Fi access for instant photo and video uploading.

    August 2011 | Computerized-investing

  4. Computerized-investing »

    Magellan eXplorist 610 GPS Receiver

    Back in April I reviewed the Magellan Roadmate 9055 GPS navigation system. With its large display and short battery life, the Roadmate 9055 isn’t designed for excursions outside of the car. For those looking for true portable GPS capabilities designed for outdoor enthusiasts, Magellan has its eXplorist family of dedicated outdoor GPS receivers. The company recently gave me one of their 610 models to review. The 610 is at the higher end of the eXplorist product line, sporting a three-inch color touch screen, 3.2-megapixel camera, three-axis electronic compass and barometric altimeter. Furthermore, the 610 comes preloaded with topographical maps and supports geo-caching.

    August 2011 | Computerized-investing

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    Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Convertible Tablet

    In this column I have reviewed a couple of convertible tablet PCs—basically, lightweight laptops with screens that swivel around to convert into a tablet. My past experience hasn’t been overly positive: The computers are usually woefully underpowered, and having used an iPad for a few years, the tablet usually does not live up to what I have come to expect. So it was with some trepidation that I decided to take a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 tablet. Using the review model that was loaned to me for the last couple of months has restored my faith that you can have a workhorse PC and tablet in one package.

    August 2011 | Computerized-investing

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    Kodak Playsport Video Camera Model Zx3

    Last year I reviewed the Kodak Zi8, an impressive pocket-sized video camera that offers HD video recording. Recently, I had a chance to review another Kodak video camera—the Playsport Zx3. This camera, which was loaned to me for the review, is another HD video camera that fits in your pocket, and this one is waterproof down to 10 feet.

    July 2011 | Computerized-investing

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    BlueAnt Sense Bluetooth Speakerphone

    Hands-free cell phone operation has been become an important issue over the last few years, as states and municipalities have enacted laws to cut down on the number of distracted drivers. As a result, a flood of devices have come to market allowing drivers to dial, answer and end cell phone calls without taking their eyes off the road.

    July 2011 | Computerized-investing

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    Otterbox Motorola XOOM Defender Series Case

    A few months ago I purchased a Motorola XOOM tablet to allow me to review Android-based apps. After spending several hundred dollars on such a delicate piece of technology, I started looking for a case to protect my investment. The first one I tried was the Otterbox Defender, which was given to me by the company. This two-piece case has one layer of hi-impact polycarbonate and another of silicone. The case gives you access to the XOOM’s various ports and plugs and still allows you to operate the camera without any obstruction. This protection, however, does come at a price—it ups the total weight of the case and tablet by a third. So it comes down to protection versus weight. For me, protection wins out.

    July 2011 | Computerized-investing

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    Fujifilm FinePix XP30

    As point-and-shoot digital cameras have become more of a commodity product, manufacturers are trying to come up with ways to differentiate from the competition. Fujifilm claims to be the first to offer a water-, shock- and freezeproof digital camera with built-in GPS—the FinePix XP30. This 14.2-megapixel camera also sports a 2.7-inch LCD screen, 5x optical zoom and 720-pixel high-definition video recording. For the last couple of weeks I have been testing a review model loaned to me by the company. While the promise of such a rugged camera is intriguing, for me the proof is in the picture quality. Suffice to say, I wasn’t blown away.

    July 2011 | Computerized-investing

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    Lexmark Platinum Pro905

    Print, copy, scan and fax with this all-in-one printer.

    July 2011 | Computerized-investing

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    New Weekly Email

    Recently, we launched a new weekly CI email to give our readers more timely and frequent reviews of useful websites, software and tech gadgets.

    July 2011 | Computerized-investing

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    Screening With the Big, Safe Dividend Formula

    Charles Carlson’s stock-picking approach seeks stocks with above-average growth potential and a safe and growing dividend.

    July 2011 | Computerized-investing

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    Mean Variance Optimization

    Setting up an Excel spreadsheet to optimize the risk-return makeup of a simple two-stock portfolio.

    July 2011 | Computerized-investing

  14. CI in the Journal »

    The Cash Conversion Cycle

    Three ratios shed light on how effectively a company converts resources into cash.

    July 2011 | Journal

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    Logitech Wireless Trackball M570

    Most people don’t spend a lot of time pondering their computer mouse. This is evident as the “cheapness” of the standard mice that come with new PCs seems to be reaching ever-greater heights. I suppose that as long as the mouse works, that is enough for most users. I admit, however, that I am not a typical PC user (AAII’s IT department can attest to that). Furthermore, I am part of the minority of people who prefer a trackball to a traditional mouse. This has been the case since I got my first laptop 17 years ago when I was a sophomore in college. Over these last 17 years, all but one of the trackballs I have used have been from Logitech. For the last several months I have been using Logitech’s latest trackball offering, the Wireless Trackball M570. While it is difficult to improve on such a mature design, I have been pleased with what I have seen.

    June 2011 | Computerized-investing