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Electronic-Only Service Launches in March

by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

The Computerized Investing staff, along with AAII’s design and Web departments, have been hard at work on a complete redesign of CI. On March 15, 2014, we will be re-launching as a monthly, electronic-only service, in a departure from our former quarterly printed publishing schedule. Given our 30-year mission of keeping our readers abreast of the latest trends in computer hardware, software, websites and now mobile apps, we felt that this was a logical transition. In addition, this allows us to provide our readers with more timely and expanded content without being constrained by page limits and other factors that befall print publications.

Some of the changes are aesthetic in nature, including our new logo (below), which was designed by AAII’s own Andrew Lautner. However, we aren’t making changes merely for the sake of change. The alterations, from a design and content standpoint, are being made with our readers in mind. This includes a fully redesigned website that offers better organization for easier navigation. As more and more people consume their media on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, we are also implementing design features to maximize the viewing experience on these devices.

From a content standpoint, we are shifting our focus away from pure comparison articles and toward more how-to articles, using our favorite software programs and online services as a backdrop. Since most individual investors already have their go-to software and websites, we felt an emphasis on education and not a myriad of comparison tables would be more beneficial. We are also developing new segments and tools to further CI’s mission of helping individual investors become better, more informed managers of their investments by harnessing the power of computers and other devices.

Joe Lan, AAII’s financial analyst, is spearheading our new “Tracking the Tech Sector” column. Joe will periodically address some of the unique analytical elements of technology companies and discuss the factors that individual investors should pay attention to when evaluating companies in the semiconductor, computer hardware and other related industries. This segment will reinforce our commitment to high-quality investor education using real-world examples related to technology, a perfect tie-in for Computerized Investing.

Another area I am excited about building out at the Computerized Investing website in the coming weeks and months is the new “investment tools” section. In addition to market data, we will be introducing a number of interactive analysis templates to help you analyze and value stocks. One such template is for calculating the three- and five-part return on equity (ROE) of a company. As investors, return on equity tells us how well a company is investing the money we’ve given it through purchasing their shares. Several factors can influence a company’s return on equity, however, and unless you look at these component variables you may miss what is really going on with the company and make a bad investment decision. This new template will allow you to enter in company data and get a clearer idea of how well a company is using its investors’ money.

These are just some of the compelling new features I am excited about unveiling on March 15. If you are currently a subscriber to Computerized Investing, we will need your email address so that you’ll receive our new monthly e-newsletter. You can verify the email address we have on file for you by going to the My Account page at AAII.com (in the upper right-hand corner of the screen). If you aren’t currently a subscriber to Computerized Investing, consider a no-risk subscription for only $24 a year. You can subscribe via the AAII.com Store or by calling AAII’s Member Services Department at 800-428-2244.

—Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, is vice president and senior financial analyst at AAII and editor of Computerized Investing. Follow him on Twitter @AAII_CI.

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


Discussion

Edward Collins from CT posted 8 months ago:

Hi,
Will the new Electronic Computer Investing honor an existing published edition life membership?


Robert Randall from TN posted 8 months ago:

Can I assume this will not affect the "dead tree" version of AAII Journal?


Wayne Thorp from IL posted 8 months ago:

@Ed Collins, Computerized Investing is not going away, but we are changing the delivery medium. Starting in March you will receive an e-Newsletter via email instead of receiving a printed edition in the mail. There will no longer be a printed edition of Computerized Investing.


Wayne Thorp from IL posted 8 months ago:

@Robert Randall, CI is a separate service from basic AAII membership and this change will not impact the delivery medium of the AAII Journal.


John Malko from NC posted 8 months ago:

Will the new Electronic Computer Investing honor an existing published edition life membership?


Wayne Thorp from IL posted 8 months ago:

@John Malko, as answered earlier:

Computerized Investing is not going away, but we are changing the delivery medium. Starting in March you will receive an e-Newsletter via email instead of receiving a printed edition in the mail. There will no longer be a printed edition of Computerized Investing.


David Kelly from IN posted 8 months ago:

It was my understanding with a Life Membership that I could select among a number of products to be included...I chose Computerized Investing and have been very pleased for a number of years. I do hope that this will continue with the new format and electronic delivery


Patricia Koenig from MN posted 8 months ago:

I am looking forward to this new way to read the CI and it is great to have an issue a month instead of only 4 a year. Thanks for all your hard work....


Lyman Pauls from CA posted 8 months ago:

Will CI ever be compatible with a Mac?

Mike


Charles Briner from TX posted 8 months ago:

I can understand that you went to this method of distribution to save money. However did you consider that there is much less chance of it being read this way?
For example I estimate I will get around to reading about 15% of the issues if I find them if you e-mail me a notice. I now get almost 200 e-mails a day and can only get around to reading abut 10%. A paper copy of a document, on the other hand, sits on my desk and stares at me until I pick it up and read it.


Gene Powers from TX posted 8 months ago:

I agree with you Charles Briner, and I have been told there is no provision for saving the e-version of CI.


Jean Henrich from IL posted 8 months ago:

Gene - You'll see a print button with each article that gives you several options for saving/printing the online CI articles: You can print to Google Cloud, save and print as a PDF, save and print as a word doc, email it, save to Dropbox, save to Google Drive, save to Box, send to Kindle. You will also be able to remove elements you don't want to print or save - such as images or blocks of text. You can change the type size, and you can add comments to the printed page. So it will be much more versatile for reading at your convenience than in the past.
--Jean from AAII


Wayne Thorp from IL posted 8 months ago:

@Mike

CI is not a software program, so it is not OS-specific. You can use it on a Mac, Windows, or any platform with an Internet connection.


Donald from CA posted 8 months ago:

I could NOT be more disappointed with this going to an all electronic version. In the past I could mark up the pages, tear things out and do all the things you can do with paper. This is about money, not about servicing the members. And their point about the bi-monthly being too much data, well that's just a lie.

The least that could be done, would be to deliver it in email in a PDF format so that we still have the whole newsletter.

I deeply regret having done a lifetime subscription to AAII and selecting a CI subscription.


Martin from IL posted 8 months ago:

Donald
why not just print it out if you like it on paper?


Wayne Thorp from IL posted 8 months ago:

@Donald,

We offer better printing options than we did previously. Click the print icon to access the new Clean Print service. Also, as a Life Member, you are receiving Computerized Investing as a FREE bonus to Life Membership.


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