Editor's Outlook Archive


Putting Market Volatility in Context

October 18, 2014 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

When panicked voices get shriller, it is important to view market movement with a longer-term lens.

The Rise of the Wearables

September 20, 2014 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

The eyes of the tech world were focused on Cupertino on September 9, as Apple unveiled its latest collection of gadgetry.

Online Data Breaches: Bigger, Faster & Costlier

August 16, 2014 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

In the aftermath of arguably the largest online data breach ever, new data shows consumers underestimate the likelihood and impact of having their personal information compromised.

Social Media and “Pump and Dump” in the 21st Century

July 19, 2014 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

While it is hard to argue with how much technology has made investing easier, there are always two sides to every coin.

New Beginnings

June 21, 2014 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Computerized Investing loses a staff member, gains a new one and takes over AAII’s Best of the Web Guide.

Windows XP: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

May 17, 2014 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

It’s time to put your Windows XP system out to pasture and slam the door on would-be cyber-attacks to the now unsupported operating system.

Protecting Yourself From Heartbleed

April 19, 2014 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

In the aftermath of the Heartbleed bug, there are several steps you can, and should, take to protect yourself online.

Welcome to the New CI

March 15, 2014 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

We embark on a new path for this publication, and for AAII as a whole, with an entirely electronic service that embodies all that CI has stood for over the last 30-plus years.

Big Changes Ahead for CI

First Quarter 2014 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Since its inception in 1982, Computerized Investing has been at the forefront in the trends of computing and investment-related software, websites and apps. Reflecting on the changes taking place in the marketplace today, the time has come again for more changes; albeit, this time with a bit of melancholy.

Witness to Computer Evolution

Fourth Quarter 2013 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Twenty years ago this month, the editor headed to Chicago with a Brother word processor to begin college. At that time, few could have imagined the computing power we would be carrying in our pockets or purses today.

Tech Valuations Belie Market Heights

Third Quarter 2013 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

The S&P 500 index hitting a new all-time high has some fretting that the market is becoming overvalued. When looking at technology stocks, however, the story is very different: Tech stocks are trading at their lowest valuations since 2006.

Tips for Thwarting Hackers

Second Quarter 2013 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

How to devise strong passwords.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

First Quarter 2013 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

A review of the trends of 2012 and what might be in 2013.

Apple: Innovator and/or Corporate Bully?

Fourth Quarter 2012 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

For many years, Apple was the anti-establishment company. Now, the company has come full circle. Emboldened by their latest legal victory, how far is Apple willing to go to secure its position in the marketplace?

Password Strength Across Age Groups

Third Quarter 2012 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Why it may be time to update your user passwords.

When “Unlimited” Really Isn’t

Second Quarter 2012 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Thoughts on AT&T's redefining of unlimited data plans by throttling the speeds of its top data users on mobile devices and tablets.

Why I Love Apple, But Run Windows

First Quarter 2012 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

The reasons why CI's editor has always worked in Windows, as has an overwhelming percentage of AAII members. However, CI does cover as many Mac programs as possible.

Building AAII Stock Screens

Fourth Quarter 2011 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

How the spirit of a stock-picking approach is reflected in the screen that AAII constructs and tracks.

New Weekly Email

Third Quarter 2011 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

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

Reader Benefits

Second Quarter 2011 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

A reminder of the many extra benefits CI subscribers may be overlooking.

'Tis the Season

First Quarter 2011 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Musings on the year that was and the year ahead.

Online Crime

Fourth Quarter 2010 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

New survey results show that computer users are still very complacent about protecting their systems from online crime in spite of the number of virus and malware attacks.

The Dot-Com Turns 25

Third Quarter 2010 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Thought on the evolution of the Web on the 25th anniversary of the registration of the first dot-com domain name.

Making the Most of Your Subscription

Second Quarter 2010 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

A valuable benefit of subscribing to Computerized Investing is the CI E-Newsletter. This monthly e-mail has recently been redesigned to offer you more, including an interactive Discussion of the Month.

Editor's Outlook: Making the Most of Your Subscription

March 2010 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

A valuable benefit of subscribing to Computerized Investing is the CI E-Newsletter. This monthly e-mail has recently been redesigned to offer you more, including an interactive Discussion of the Month.

Investor Tools Change With Economy

First Quarter 2010 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Thoughts on the consolidation of investment software and Web services due to the troubled economy, and how it affects investors.

Editor's Outlook: Investor Tools Change With Economy

November/December 2009 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Thoughts on the consolidation of investment software and Web services due to the troubled economy, and how it affects investors.

Editor's Outlook: Making the Most of Twitter

September/October 2009 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Whether or no Twitter is just another in a long line of Internet fads that rise and fall in the blink of an eye, there is a wealth of information you can glean from those 140-character messages.

Making the Most of Twitter

Fourth Quarter 2009 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Whether or no Twitter is just another in a long line of Internet fads that rise and fall in the blink of an eye, there is a wealth of information you can glean from those 140-character messages.

Editor's Outlook: Retooling CI for Expanded Coverage

Third Quarter 2009 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

We altered our print schedule and expanded each print issue of CI with more pages and more regular columns, and we added exclusive on-line content, allowing us to provide our readers with more in-depth and useful information on a more frequent basis.

Retooling CI for Expanded Coverage

Third Quarter 2009 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

We altered our print schedule and expanded each print issue of CI with more pages and more regular columns, and we added exclusive on-line content, allowing us to provide our readers with more in-depth and useful information on a more frequent basis.

The Pitfalls of On-Line Tax Preparation

March/April 2009 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

As my recent experience attests, you cannot blindly rely on the output of tax services.

Editor's Outlook: The Pitfalls of On-Line Tax Preparation

March/April 2009 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

As my recent experience attests, you cannot blindly rely on the output of tax services.

Editor's Outlook: Looking Beyond the Present

January/February 2009 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

While it will take years to see the true impact 2008 will have on the financial well-being of millions, I am confident that the system, while shaken, is not broken.

Looking Beyond the Present

January/February 2009 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

While it will take years to see the true impact 2008 will have on the financial well-being of millions, I am confident that the system, while shaken, is not broken.

Editor's Outlook: Apple: Then and Now

November/December 2008 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Despite Apple's continued strong growth, it has yet to crack 10% market share in U.S. PCs. As a result, the historical dearth in investment analysis and tracking programs continues.

Editor's Outlook: When Technology Strikes Back

September/October 2008 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

While I am not proud to admit it, I am cursed when it comes to technology, specifically computers. What happened when I decided to upgrade the router on my home wireless network.

Editor's Outlook: The Bear Days of Summer

July/August 2008 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Notes on portfolio trackers, BeeSoft's ProTA techincal analysis & charting program, and Windows XP.

Editor's Outlook: Apple Pulls a Microsoft

May/June 2008 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Apple's surreptitious inclusion of the new Safari Web browser as a default "update" choice is a good reminder to be vigilant whenever responding to automatic prompts--it's all too easy to accidentally install unwanted programs.

Editor's Outlook: Microsoft's Dirty Vista Secret

March/April 2008 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Recently surfaced E-mails between Microsoft executives reveal knowledge that the soon-to-be-released Vista operation system would have trouble running on computers labeled as Vista-capable.

Editor's Outlook: A New Year, a New Look

January/February 2008 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Computerized Investing begins 2008 with a redesigned layout and added color to enhance our readers' experience. Also, comments on the feature article in this issue on tax preparation software.

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November/December 2007 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

A recent bug discovered in Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet program highlights the potential risks of relying on the results of software or Web sites to make financial decision.

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September/October 2007 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Comments on the Vista operating system as Microsoft prepares to release the first service pack for the program.

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July/August 2007 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Comments on the difference between connection speeds advertised by Internet service providers and the slower speeds that users commonly experience.

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May/June 2007 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

When "journalistic integrity" and advertising collide.

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March/April 2007 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Individual investor access to real-time market data on-line may become more costly or unavailable. A look at the issues involved.

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January/February 2007 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Thoughts on how to approach choosing a personal finance program and an on-line discount broker.

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November/December 2006 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Apple's road to recovery leads to advancements for both Apple and Microsoft as they prepare to release new versions of their respective operating systems.

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September/October 2006 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Introducing James O'Shaughnessy's new stock-picking approaches based on the predicting market trends.

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July/August 2006 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Comments on the battle between two different high-definition digital video technologies to become the consumer standard.

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May/June 2006 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Apple Computer's announcements over the last year have the potential to level the playing field for Mac and Windows users. What their plans can mean to you.

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March/April 2006 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Which way the Super Bowl market indicator points in 2006.

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January/February 2006 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, financial analyst at AAII, takes the helm at Computerized Investing with this issue.

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November/December 2005 by John Bajkowski

The dangers of copy-protection software.

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September/October 2005 by John Bajkowski

Comments on the timelessness of Benjamin Graham's approach to stock picking.

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July/August 2005 by John Bajkowski

The evolution of software documentation over the last 15 years and how it has affected the end user.

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May/June 2005 by John Bajkowski

Comments on "pharming" scams, where spoof sites are substituted for real sites when Web addresses are typed in a browser.

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March/April 2005 by John Bajkowski

Comments on using technical analysis in an investment program.

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January/February 2005 by John Bajkowski

The competition between Microsoft and Intuit, and thoughts on choosing a discount broker.

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November/December 2004 by John Bajkowski

AAII's on-line survey of members on their opinions of discount brokers.

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September/October 2004 by John Bajkowski

Guarding against phishing schemes on-line and through E-mail.

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July/August 2004 by John Bajkowski

Comments on Intuit limiting access to the Quicken personal finance site.

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May/June 2004 by John Bajkowski

The trend in Web-based fundamental screening services.

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March/April 2004 by John Bajkowski

Comments on QuoTrek, the leading wireless handheld quotation and news service.

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January/February 2004 by John Bajkowski

Thoughts on fighting adware and spyware.

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November/December 2003 by John Bajkowski

Comments on high-speed Internet connections.

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September/October 2003 by John Bajkowski

Comments on all-in-one investing Web sites and using a DRP through a broker.

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July/August 2003 by John Bajkowski

Comments on building a portfolio of mutual funds and choosing computer tools to help.

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May/June 2003 by John Bajkowski

Thoughts on asset allocation and computer tools that help track and analyze your portfolio.

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March/April 2003 by John Bajkowski

Thoughts on re-examining the CANSLIM approach.

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January/February 2003 by John Bajkowski

Comments on personal finance programs.