At the end of April we launched a new weekly CI email to give our readers more timely and frequent reviews of useful websites, software and tech gadgets. In addition, each week we delve into CI’s archives to find timeless articles that you might have otherwise missed. Our reader survey questions give you a chance to interact with us and answer questions related to your computer, technology and investing habits. We will still publish periodic online exclusive articles, including our popular annual PC Buyer’s Guide and our annual comparison of comprehensive financial websites. If you had already signed up for the former monthly CI email, you should be receiving the new weekly CI email, which is sent out each Saturday morning. If you are not receiving the CI email, log into your account at AAII.com and go to “My Account.” There you can sign up for a number of AAII emails, including the weekly CI email.
Sharing AAII Content
Recently a comment was left online regarding a CI article discussing the sharing of CI and AAII Journal articles with non-members (you can find the comment in the Messages section on page 3). The reader voiced concern that such sharing dilutes the value of AAII membership and subscriptions to Computerized Investing. I am a proponent of social media, being an active participant through my Twitter feed and the CI Facebook page. While it is true that article sharing gives non-members access to members-only content, such sharing is an excellent way to spread AAII’s message of unbiased investor education. The hope is that through this sharing we will be able to increase our subscriber base, which gives us additional resources to build upon AAII’s mission to the benefit of all members and readers. Since there is the possibility of abuse, we do monitor the sharing of articles. If the need arises to discontinue article sharing to protect the value of membership, we will not hesitate to do it. In the meantime, if you read an article in CI or the AAII Journal that you think a friend would be interested in reading, don’t hesitate to pass it along by using the “Share this article” links.
Risk Minimization Using Excel
This issue’s Spreadsheet Corner, which begins on page 12, gave me an opportunity to learn something while, I hope, educating my readers. The article discusses using the Solver function in the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program to find the weightings of a two-stock portfolio that minimizes the portfolio’s overall risk. While many people have Excel installed on their PCs, I wonder how many realize the investment applications of this software. We start out slow with this article, discussing a simple two-stock portfolio. In the Fourth Quarter 2011 issue, I will expand on this foundation for more real-world use.