Cara Scatizzi

Former Associate Financial Analyst, AAII


Cara Scatizzi is a former associate financial analyst at AAII.


Recent Articles by Cara Scatizzi

Quicken Essentials for Mac

May 2010

Intuit recently released this personal finance program created exclusively for the Mac OS. The program was built from scratch and integrates the functionality of the financial management Web site Mint.com (which Intuit acquired in the fall of 2009).

The Stockpiling Approach to Stock Trading

Second Quarter 2010

A look at Phil Town’s book, “Payback Time,” and how to build a screen based on the approach.

Online Discount Brokers

Second Quarter 2010

An in-depth look at the services offered at the five online discount brokers most used by AAII members.

Price-Earnings Ratios

Second Quarter 2010

Understanding the price-earnings ratio and the differences between its various forms.

Comparison: Tax Preparation Services

March 2010

TurboTax, H&R Block At Home and TaxAct are similar in their step-by-step guidance and ability to find appropriate deductions and credits. Where the programs differ is in the presentation of information, the help available and the price.

The Top Comprehensive Web Sites

December 2009

The Internet has become an invaluable source for investment information, tips, education and security data. There are thousands of sites that offer financial data. This comparison focuses on the best Web sites for comprehensive financial data coverage and tools.

“Risk-Wise” Risk Management

First Quarter 2010

A look at Michael Carpenter’s book on managing risk in your portfolio.

Portfolio Management Software Programs

Fourth Quarter 2009

An in-depth look at the top software program choices for managing, tracking, and measuring your investment portfolio.

Free Cash Flow

Fourth Quarter 2009

Understanding and using a company’s free cash flow figure in your analysis of a firm’s growth potential.

Using the Magic Formula for Investing

August 2009

Learning to successfully invest in the stock market is simple, according to Joel Greenblatt’s “The Little Book That Beats the Market” (Wiley, 2005). Greenblatt is the founder and a managing partner of Gotham Capital, a private investment partnership. He is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and holds a B.S. and an MBA from the Wharton School.