Standard Deviation Shareware
In the Message column of the July/August 2006 Computerized Investing, there was a request for a source of standard deviations for stocks. I offer a free shareware program called Portfolio Optimization (PO) that provides standard deviations for all stocks in AAII’s Stock Investor database as well as for the mutual funds in AAII’s Quarterly Mutual Fund Update. The program is available at AAII.com in the Portfolio Management area of the AAII Download Library. With Portfolio Optimization, users may create sample portfolios of stocks and mutual funds and then view the geometric return, standard deviation of annual return, or Sharpe ratio for the individual securities over the desired time period (up to 10 years), as well as the geometric return and standard deviation for the overall portfolio
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