It is with no small measure of pride that I introduce the reborn Computerized Investing. 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: to harness the power of technology to help individuals become more effective managers of their investments. While my name stands atop the virtual masthead, the finished product you see wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of a dedicated group of staffers. First and foremost, I want to thank Peter Nguyen, AAII’s web manager, for shepherding the development of the entirely redesigned ComputerizedInvesting.com. Pete and his staff took my ideas and molded them into a site that I hope you will find easy to read and navigate. Special mention also goes out to Andrew Lautner, who was responsible for the new CI logo. Lastly, I want to thank my CI staff, Joe Lan, AAII’s financial analyst, and the CI intern, Jackie McClellan. I have leaned heavily on them these last several months and they were invaluable in getting this redesign and relaunch across the finish line. Beyond those mentioned by name, my heartfelt thanks goes out to the AAII editorial staff and member services department for their assistance. This has truly been an organization-wide endeavor.
That being said, the digital Computerized Investing is much more than just a new website, logo or monthly e-newsletter. We have also expanded our editorial content and added a variety of investor tools. First, Joe Lan kicks off a new segment, Tracking the Tech Sector. In his capacities at CI and AAII, Joe is in tune with the news and ever-changing trends in the technology sector. In this new column, Joe will use this expertise to discuss the special factors investors can use to gauge the technology sector and the individual firms that comprise its diverse business segments. With this first article, Joe outlines his vision for the segment and what readers can expect in articles to come.
The new CI Market Dashboard tracks nine different market, sentiment and fundamental indicators that, when viewed in their entirety, can offer insight into the overall direction of the market. We’ll be updating these indicators each weekend and offering commentary on their trends as well as trends in the overall market.
Also, we’ve introduced a number of interactive analysis worksheets: DuPont Analysis ROE, Buffettology Stock Valuation and Simple Stock Valuation. You can use these templates to enter company-specific data from a number of free sources to evaluate the financial strength of a company and help gauge its “true worth” relative to its current share price.
The new CI Blog gives us a venue to present the latest news regarding investment software, websites and apps on a more timely basis. It also allows the CI staff to comment on current happenings in the investment and technology worlds and offer our own unique views and perspectives. Be sure to check out the links to the latest “Must Read” blog posts farther down this email.
Beyond these new tools and segments, we will continue to offer much of the quality editorial content you’ve come to expect from Computerized Investing. This month, Joe Lan walks you through his top picks for online tax preparation services. My Technically Speaking article covers the stochastic oscillator, which traders use to spot possible reversals in the trend of a security or index. Extreme outdoorsmen will appreciate the ruggedness and solar charging capabilities of the Snow Lizard SLXtreme case for the iPhone 5/5S in this month’s Gadget Corner. Finally, Shares 2 for iOS is a premium app that lets users track the daily and overall performance of their portfolio in an extremely clean and easy-to-use format.
Now it’s time for you to start exploring the new Computerized Investing!
Wayne A. Thorp, CFA
Editor, Computerized Investing
Vice President, Senior Financial Analyst, AAII