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2014 - 2015 Presentation Information


Saturday, Dec 05, 2015
Two Topics: 1)Financial Planning Workshop:Active Versus Passive Investment Strategies,
2)2015 Taxes & Planning for 2016

1) FINANCIAL PLANNING WORKSHOP:
Active Versus Passive Investment Strategies

This is the third in a series of interactive Financial Planning Workshops covering investing, retirement planning, safe withdrawal rates, estate planning and much more. This session will focus on the arguments for and against using an active investment strategy. These workshops assume no prior knowledge, and are suitable for people at all stages of life.

You Will Learn:

  1. About passive investment strategies.
  2. About active investment strategies.
  3. How to decide where you stand.

Discussed by: Fred Smith, Registered Investment Adviser

Fred Smith is a longterm board member of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AAII. He retired in 2006 from the semiconductor industry, where he held various engineering and management positions. Smith is currently a registered investment adviser with a financial planning practice in Los Gatos.


2) 2015 Taxes & Planning For 2016

Claudia Hill will present a year-end look at key tax law changes affecting individual taxpayers while there’s still time to implement planning. She will discuss tax rates, especially the stealth nature of our current rate structure, as well as now-you-see-the, now-you-don’t tax benefits and tax traps.

You Will Learn:

  1. New federal and California state issues in 2015.
  2. How the tax rate structure really works.
  3. Whether classic year-end strategies still work for you.

Discussed by: Claudia Hill, Principal, TaxMam

Claudia Hill is a nationally recognized tax professional and frequent lecturer on taxation of individuals and representation before the IRS. She is editor-in-chief of the CCH Inc. Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure. Hill blogs for Forbes.com’s IRS Watch and has testified before House and Senate committees.


Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, December 5, 2015
  • Location:
  • AMC Cupertino Square Theaters
  • 10123 N. Wolfe Rd., Suite#3000
  • Cupertino, CA-95014
8:30 A.M. Registration / Social / Book Swap
  • 8:55 A.M : Chapter announcements
  • 9:00 A.M : Financial Planning Workshop
  • 10:30 A.M : Main Presentation
  • 11:30 A.M : Q&A
  • An investment book will be raffled off during the meeting.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by Nov 30, 2015 or OnLine by Dec 02, 2015): $20/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by Dec 04, 2015): $25/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $25/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds
    Students under 25 free; must provide proof of age.

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION

More Information

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Saturday, Nov 14, 2015
Two Topics: 1)Financial Planning Workshop:Building A Diversified Portfolio,
2)The Year Ahead for Stocks, Bonds, Indexes and ETFs

1)FINANCIAL PLANNING WORKSHOP:
BUILDING A DIVERSIFIED PORTFOLIO

This is the second of a series of interactive Financial Planning Workshops covering investing, active and passive investment strategies, retirement planning, safe withdrawal rates and much more. These workshops assume no prior knowledge, and are suitable for people in all stages of their life cycle.

You Will Learn:

  1. About modern portfolio theory (MPT)
  2. How to build a diversified portfolio and rebalancing strategies
  3. How to write your Investment Policy Statement.

Discussed by: Fred Smith, Registered Investment Adviser

Fred Smith is a longterm board member of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AAII. He retired in 2006 from the semiconductor industry, where he held various engineering and management positions. Smith is currently a registered investment adviser with a financial planning practice in Los Gatos.


2)THE YEAR AHEAD FOR STOCKS, BONDS, INDEXES AND ETFS

Former Wall Street CEO, educator and well-known investing guru Harvey Baraban will present one of his highly popular seminars for our chapter members. With insight from over 45 years in the investment industry, he will discuss strategies for your portfolio given today’s unique challenges, provide timely insights to market behavior and opportunities, and discuss what to do now and in the coming months. Appropriate individual stocks will be included.

You Will Learn:

  1. About market challenges and opportunities ahead
  2. Strategies for preservation, growth and income
  3. Most appropriate individual stocks, indexes, ETFs, bonds and metal stocks

Discussed by: Harvey Barabann, President, Harvey Baraban Financial Roundtable

Harvey Baraban is the founder and CEO of Baraban Securities, at one time the largest independent brokerage firm in California. As an educator, he has trained stockbrokers and until recently was an adjunct professor of business and finance at Golden Gate University. Baraban remains active in the industry as an arbitrator for the NASD and presenter of public seminars on investing.


Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015
  • Location:
  • AMC Cupertino Square Theaters
  • 10123 N. Wolfe Rd., Suite#3000
  • Cupertino, CA-95014
8:30 A.M. Registration / Social / Book Swap
  • 8:55 A.M : Chapter announcements
  • 9:00 A.M : Financial Planning Workshop
  • 10:30 A.M : Main Presentation
  • 11:30 A.M : Q&A
  • An investment book will be raffled off during the meeting.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by Nov 7, 2015 or OnLine by Nov 10, 2015): $20/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by Nov 13, 2015): $25/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $25/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

More Information

  • Visit our book swap table before the meeting; bring a book, take a book!
  • Effective 14th Nov 2015, Presentations will be held at New Location: AMC Theatre Cupertino Square : Theatre - 14
  • Driving Directions to AMC Cupertino Square Theaters
  • No refreshments provided. Refreshments available for purchase at the AMC counter.

Downloads and Links



Saturday, Oct 10, 2015
2 Topics: Fundamentals of Investing &,
Everything ETF In 60 Minutes Or Less

1)Fundamentals Of Investing

This is the first of a series of interactive talks for a financial planning workshop covering investing, building a portfolio, active and passive investment strategies, retirement planning and more. These workshops are suitable for people starting out or as a refresher course for the more experienced..

You Will Learn:

  1. About risk and return measurements, plus techniques to control risk
  2. The characteristics of investment vehicles such as mutual funds, ETFs, REITs, etc.
  3. How to define your personal investor profile.

Discussed by: Fred Smith, Registered Investment Adviser

Fred Smith is a longterm board member of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AAII. He retired in 2006 from the semiconductor industry, where he held various engineering and management positions. Smith is currently a registered investment adviser with a financial planning practice in Los Gatos.


2)Everything ETF In 60 Minutes Or Less

Matt Hougan will discuss ETF fundamentals, including the key benefits of ETFs to investors, the improved tax efficiency of ETFs, intraday trading and asset class coverage. He will also cover potential issues with ETFs, tax treatment of different ETFs, how to construct a typical diversified portfolio with ETFs and how inverse funds really work.

You Will Learn:

  1. How ETFs really work
  2. The true benefits and risks of ETFs.
  3. The good, bad and ugly of the hottest trends

Discussed by: Matt Hougan, Chief Executive Officer, ETF.com

Matt Hougan is the chief executive officer of ETF.com. He is a regular guest on CNBC. Hougan also writes for the Wall Street Journal’s Experts series on wealth management, is a three time member of the Barron’s ETF Roundtable and is a featured ETF columnist for the Journal of Financial Planning, CNBC.com Pro and other outlets.


Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, October 10, 2015
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
8:30 A.M. Registration/Social Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • 9:00 A.M : Fundamentals Workshop
  • 10:15 A.M : Break
  • 10:30 A.M : ETFs Presentation
  • 11:30 A.M : Q&A
  • An investment book will be raffled off during the meeting.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by Oct 03, 2015 or OnLine by Oct 06, 2015): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by Oct 09, 2015): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

Presentation Slides



Saturday, Sep 12, 2015
VALUE-FOCUSED, MOMENTUM-BASED DIVIDEND GROWTH INVESTING

Brian Nelson, president of Valuentum Securities, will walk through the ins and outs of cash-flow based dividend analysis. He’ll cover how to use Valuentum.com to find what you’re looking for and showcase the firm’s discounted cash flow methodology that forms the backbone behind the ideas he generates. Nelson will also present the structural reasons why the Valuentum Buying Index works. A short focus presentation will begin at 9:00 followed by our speaker at 9:30.
An investment book will be raffled off during the meeting.


You Will Learn:

  1. The benefits of dividend growth investing
  2. How to find the best dividend growth stocks
  3. How to reduce the likelihood of getting into a value trap

Discussed by: Brian Nelson
President of Equity Research, Valuentum Securities


Brian Nelson holds a B.A. in finance with a minor in mathematics and graduated magna cum laude from Benedictine University. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He was previously a director at Morningstar, responsible for training and methodology development within the equity and research department.Prior to joining Morningstar, he worked for a small capitalization fund for an aggressive growth investment management firm in Chicago. Nelson left Morningstar to found Valuentum Securities in early 2011

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, September 12, 2015
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
8:30 A.M. Registration/Social Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • 9:00 A.M : Focus Presentation
  • 9:30 A.M : Speaker Presentation
  • 11:30 A.M : Q&A

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by Sep 05, 2015 or OnLine by Sep 09, 2015): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by Sep 11, 2015): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

Downloads and Links



Saturday, June 13, 2015
"ABOUT OIL & IMPLICATIONS FOR ENERGY INVESTING"" and "Managing Your Investment Risk In A Rising Interest Rate Environment". ( 2 Speaker Event )

1. "ABOUT OIL & IMPLICATIONS FOR ENERGY INVESTING"

Oil is in focus because its prominence in the economies of the world. The Saudis have initiated a price war in light of the rise of US shale output. We will review The changes in price of Oil and the profound positive and negative consequences to markets and investing.


You Will Learn:

  1. About Oil and an overview of the Petroleum Industry
  2. Oil technology and the determinants of price
  3. Impacts to investing in the industry and its derivatives

Discussed by: Bill Jump,Serves on the Board of AAII Silicon Valley Chapter


Bill Jump retired from IBM as an executive project manager after a 48 year career. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley in electrical engineering and has a Master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University. Jump is a lifetime member of AAII and serves on the board of the AAII Silicon Valley Chapter.


2. Managing Your Investment Risk In A Rising Interest Rate Environment

Kevin Gahagan presentation will cover how different bond classes performed in past periods of rising rates as well as how equity markets reacted in those time periods. He will also discuss assessing fixed-income portfolio risks and portfolio strategies for managing risk in investment portfolios.


You Will Learn:

  1. What the fixed-income risks are when rates rise
  2. How to assess those risks
  3. Strategies for managing risk in investment portfolios

Discussed by: Kevin Gahagan,
Principal, Senior Advisor and CIO, Mosaic Financial Partners, Inc.


Kevin Gahagan is a principal, senior adviser and chief investment officer for Mosaic Financial Partners, a Bay Area wealth advisory firm. Prior to founding Mosaic, he had a 20-year career at Wells Fargo Bank. He holds the CFP and CIMA designantions, and has taught for the financial planning program at U.C.Berkeley.

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, June 13, 2015
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 8:30 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • Program: 9:00 A.M.
  • Q&A: 11:30 A.M.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by June 06, 2015 or OnLine by June 09, 2015): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by June 12, 2015): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

Downloads and Links



Saturday, May 09, 2015
High-Dividend Investing In a Rising-Interest-Rate Environment

At this highly interactive presentation, Harry Domash will tell you which high-dividend stocks work best when interest rates rise, and which categories to avoid. You’ll also learn how to analyze high-dividend-paying common stocks, ETFs, closed-end funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), master limited partnerships (MLPs), business development corporations and preferred stocks. Learn where to get the data you need to make informed investment decisions—and what to do with it.


You Will Learn:

  1. What strategies are working now
  2. Why preferred stocks should be in your portfolio
  3. Why earnings don’t matter when you’re evaluating high-dividend stocks

Discussed by: Harry Domash
Publisher, DividendDetective.com and WinningInvesting.com


A seasoned analyst, Harry Domash is best known for his investing columns that have appeared regularly in print publications such as Business 2.0 Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers, and on major financial websites including MarketWatch, MSN Money and Morningstar. His bestselling stock analysis book “Fire Your Stock Analyst” (FT Press, 2009) has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Russian. Domash publishes DividendDetective.com, a site specializing in highdividend investing, and WinningInvesting.com, a free site featuring “how to” investing tutorials and other resources. He also conducts fundamental analysis workshops and is a frequent speaker at Money Show and AAII seminars.

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, May 09, 2015
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 8:30 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • Program: 9:00 A.M.
  • Panel Discussion: 10:45 A.M.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by May 02, 2015 or OnLine by May 05, 2015): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by May 08, 2015): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

Downloads and Links



Saturday, April 11, 2015
INTELLIGENT, RULE-BASED ETF INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

With hundreds of ETFs available, how can the individual investor successfully manage a portfolio? Logical Invest has developed algorithms that create alpha and reduce market exposure with simple, well-researched monthly ETF rotation strategies. These strategies protect your account with crash protection via U.S.Treasuries and harvest a “fear premium” from inverse volatility. These rotation strategies can be brought together with adaptive allocation in a custom-made portfolio right for each investor. In a preview exclusive for the Silicon Valley Chapter, Alexander Horn will discuss extending the efficient frontier in “Markowitz Meets Logical Invest.”


You Will Learn:

  1. The key elements—and most common traps—of constructing your self-managed portfolio
  2. How to build in a well-balanced crash protection mechanism into your strategies
  3. How you can benefit from harvesting the “fear premium” by investing in inverse volatility

Discussed by: Alexander Horn
Partner, Logical Invest


Alexander Horn has been researching and apply-ing financial modeling as a financial executive for 15 years. His passion lies in the enterprise and project valuation, having participated in several multi-billion M&A deals in the chemical and biotech industry. Prior to joining Logical-Invest.com, Horn was the CFO and corporate vice president in Japan for a major global chemical company. Before that he served in executive roles in North America, Europe and Asia within the automotive sector. Alexander holds an MBA in general management from the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Em- presa (IPADE) and an M.A. in international business from the University of Paderborn

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 9:00 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • Program: 9:30 A.M.
  • Q&A: 11:15 A.M.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by April 4, 2015 or OnLine by April 7, 2015): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by April 10, 2015): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

Downloads and Links



Saturday, Mar 14, 2015
"Managing Your Portfolio in Uncertain Times"


In this presentation, Tony Muhlenkamp will examine the nature of uncertainty in the markets and collectively assess what’s different, what’s the same and, perhaps most importantly, whether we’ve been here before. Afterward, he will discuss his tenets for shoring up a portfolio so that investors may sleep better at night.

Reasons To Attend:

  1. To reinforce the value of having a disciplined investment process in place.
  2. To recognize pitfalls that permit you to avoid the hype and hope that accompany emotional investing.
  3. To increase your understanding of how to effectively manage your portfolio through uncertain times.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. The building blocks for constructing a personalized “statement of investment policy”
  2. How establishing timeframes and returns can facilitate achieving long-term investment goals
  3. A framework for objectively evaluating your thoughts, beliefs and knowledge about investing

Discussed by: Anthony W. Muhlenkamp,
President, Muhlenkamp & Company, Inc.


Anthony W. Muhlenkamp, named president of Muhlenkamp & Company in 2013, is responsible for setting the strategic course for the family business and continuing its mission of providing intelligent investment management. Tony graduated from the Korean Basic Course at the Defense Language Institute in 1986 and was the Honor Graduate of the USMC Non Commissioned Officer School at MCAS Kaneohe Bay HI in 1987. He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management, Mathematics and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990.

Being a farm hand and furniture mover in high school and college taught Tony the value of “Dirty Jobs” and to appreciate the people who do them. He learned teamwork, leadership, and the importance of working for a higher cause in the Marines, and can find his way around technology after being a software consultant for Information Resources Inc. Tony applies those lessons to the family business, which he joined full time in 1992, working with clients to identify, avoid, and resolve their money problems; he serves as counselor, adviser, planner, and manager on anything that has dollar signs associated with it.

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 9:00 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • Program Starts: 9:30 A.M.
  • Q&A: 11:00 A.M.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by Mar 7, 2015 or OnLine by Mar 13, 2015): $25/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

Downloads and Links



Saturday, February 14, 2015
Robust Portfolio Diversification:
Using Uncorrelated Asset Classes To Reduce Risk While Increasing Return

Numerous studies show that adding diversified, non-correlated investments to portfolios has not only increased returns beyond traditional portfolios but has done so with significantly less risk. David Johnson, a 25-year veteran of NASA and the U.S. Space Program, will show mounting evidence of a coming tough environment for traditional investments over the next decade (the problem), and how to select portfolio components that have the potential to increase returns and reduce risk in this environment (the potential solution). Stocks, bonds, alternative investments, and private placements all have their places in the robust portfolio for the next decade. The key is learning what each has to offer and how to use them together effectively in the upcoming challenging investing environment.

Reasons To Attend:

  1. Building your retirement fund is Mission Critical to your life; Failure is Not an Option (Thank you Gene Kranz)
  2. Compare various absolute return strategies and how they diff er and complement traditional investments
  3. Discover how to potentially exceed the results of the best money managers, using a 60-year-old technique

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. The root cause of stock, bond, real estate and alternative investment returns going up and down, and why it is important
  2. What studies show is the most critical ingredient to add to a retirement portfolio to increase returns and lower risk
  3. How to use worst-case analysis to design a robust retirement portfolio with the potential to prosper in another stock market decline

Discussed by: David Johnson
Chief Investment Officer, Global Capital Group


David is an investment adviser and founder of Global Capital Group, a licensed and registered guaranteed introducing broker firm. David uses his expertise in traditional investments, alternative investments and private equity along with his engineering management skills to develop diversified, robust client portfolios. His previous career involved designing and managing several major aerospace projects for NASA and the DOD, including Space Station and Space Shuttle. After retiring from the space program, David founded a commodity trading adviser firm operating on the NYMEX exchange. Global Capital Group advises clients in a variety of asset classes including common and preferred stocks, bonds, MLPs, REITs, alternatives and private equity securities. David has spoken at numerous AAII chapters and five AAII Investor Conferences. He holds advanced engineering and management degrees and Series 3, 30, and 65 licenses.

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 9:00 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • Program: 9:30 A.M.
  • Q&A: 11:00 A.M.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by Feb 7, 2015 or OnLine by Feb 10, 2015): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by Feb 13, 2015): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

Downloads and Links



Saturday, January 10, 2015
2014 Tax Presentation

This presentation will be a review of the items that will affect individual taxpayers in their 2014 filings. It will include the last-minute changes that are currently expired but that we expect to see brought back. Alan Pinck will take a look at how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) and its added Medicare tax affects the investor. Pinck will also touch on how to determine if you can qualify for and can take advantage of special tax benefits if you own and manage rental property, especially multiple rentals. Most importantly, there will be discussion of what is currently on the IRS audit radar.

Reasons To Attend:

  1. To gain firsthand tax update knowledge
  2. To help prepare for your personal tax filing
  3. To help avoid IRS audit traps

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. A tax update for 2014
  2. Special tax advantages for those who own and manage rental property
  3. About current IRS audit triggers

Discussed by: Alan Pink
Enrolled Agent and Owner, A. Pinck & Associates


Alan Pinck is an enrolled agent with over 25 years of tax preparation experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has built a practice specializing in individual and small business tax preparation and audit representation. He is currently chair of the NAEA Education Committee, a speaker at the NTPI events, CSEA Super Seminar, Oregon Society and California Society annual meetings, as well as numerous other presentations for tax groups and small business associations. Pinck presents on tax issues for the Silicon Valley Chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) which is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Having represented thousands of tax returns in audit, Pinck has obtained tremendous insight of the audit process as well as knowledge on a wide variety of tax issues.

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 9:00 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • Program: 9:30 A.M.
  • Q&A: 11:00 A.M.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by Jan 3, 2015 or OnLine by Jan 6, 2015): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by Jan 10, 2015): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

    Downloads and Links



Saturday, Nov 08, 2014
This is Two Topic Event


1.Implementing Low-Volatility ETF and Stock Portfolios

This session will explain what low volatility ETF and stock portfolios are and why they are useful. Low volatility ETFs will be reviewed along with how they can be used to form a portfolio. Th e “implementation details” of how these portfolios can be managed in a reasonable amount of time and effort will conclude the session.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. Why low-volatility portfolios have become popular
  2. The types of low-volatility ETFs that are available
  3. How to select/screen for low-volatility stocks

Discussed by: Al Zmyslowski
Computerized Investing Subgroup Leader, AAII Silicon Valley Chapter


Al Zmyslowski has been an individual stock, mutual fund and ETF investor for 30+ years. He began working with the AAII Silicon Valley chapter’s Computerized Investing subgroup in 2007, became an AAII Silicon Valley board member in 2011 and began leading the chapter’s CI group in 2012. In his day job, Al manages an engineering group at Fujitsu America where (via acquisitions and such) he has worked for 35 years.

2.MOTIFS: A New Investment Product

Motif Investing is a new online broker with a unique investment product. “Motifs” are weighted baskets or portfolios of up to 30 stocks or ETFs. They are designed by the firm or custom-made by the individual investor, centering on an investment theme, or motif. They are then traded with a single low-cost commission for the entire portfolio. Hardeep Walia, co-founder and CEO of Motif Investing, will tell us about his firm’s unique approach and answer questions.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. What Motif Investing does
  2. How a “motif ” compares to a targeted ETF
  3. How a “motif ” compares to other basket products

Discussed by: Hardeep Walia
CEO and Co-Founder, Motif Investing


Hardeep Walia is the CEO and co-founder of Motif Investing. He is a former manager of Microsoft’s enterprise services business. He has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and a B.S. from Yale in economics and engineering. He is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg TV, CNBC and Forbes magazine.

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, Nov 08, 2014
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 8:30 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • First Speaker: 9:00 A.M.
  • Break, 10:15 A.M
  • Second Speaker, 10:30 A.M.
  • Q&A: 11:30 A.M.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by Nov 01, 2014 or OnLine by Nov 04, 2014): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by Nov 07, 2014): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

    Downloads and Links



Saturday, Oct 10, 2014
Commonly Held Beliefs And The Realities Of Stock Market Investing

Terry Sullivan, co-founder of Bloodhound Investment Research and co-developer of The Bloodhound System, will explore the merits of some of the most widely held stock market investing beliefs. Specifically, he will discuss the lessons he has learned, and what others can learn, from simulating investment strategies that purport to leverage those beliefs. He will show us examples of simulations used and how to interpret their results. Sullivan will also present several easy-to-implement examples of fundamental, technical, and combination approaches to investment that have demonstrated superior returns over up, down or sideways markets.

Reasons To Attend:

  1. Learn how to set up and run a simulation covering any investment approach
  2. Learn which commonly held beliefs will actually contribute to your performance
  3. Learn how to create tracking portfolios, monitor style drift, and more

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. How to validate any investment thesis
  2. How to test for quantitative and qualitative factors that drive performance

Discussed by: Terrence Sullivan
Co-Founder, Bloodhound Investment Research, Inc.


Terrence Sullivan co-founded Bloodhound Investment Research and co-developed its principle service off ering, The Bloodhound System. Prior to co-founding Bloodhound, Sullivan accumulated 27 years of executive high-tech leadership experience. His past assignments include serving as: chairman, president and CEO of NetsWork Group; president and CEO of ATE Technologies; president and CEO of American Messaging; vice president and CFO of The Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation; vice president and CFO for The Minnesota Supercomputer Center; and 16 years with Cray Research, where he built much of the infrastructure needed to support its growth. Sullivan’s earlier background includes serving as a bond trader and as a foreign exchange market maker for the largest commercial bank in Detroit. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in finance. Sullivan holds the following degrees: B.S., MBA, and Ph.D.

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, Oct 11, 2014
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 9:00 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • Program: 9:30 A.M.
  • Q&A: 11:45 A.M.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by Oct 4, 2014 or OnLine by Oct 7, 2014): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by Oct 10, 2014): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

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Saturday, Sept 13, 2014
Introduction To Estate Planning

A proper estate plan is essential to ensure that your assets go to the people and organizations you love most. Once completed, it provides peace of mind, the framework for continued updates as your life situation changes, and does not impede your daily life in any way. It ensures that you do not leave a complicated and costly mess for your heirs to sort out in the court system over the course of a year or more. Learn the basics of estate planning, and why it enables your legacy to live on precisely as you most wish it to be.

Reasons To Attend:

  1. Learn the primary components of an estate plan
  2. Learn the basic income, gift and estate tax laws
  3. Hear successful estate planning strategies from an experienced attorney

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. How to set up an estate plan that will avoid probate
    court and unnecessary taxes
  2. Why you need an estate plan
  3. Updates on important changes to the tax laws,
    including the new “portability” laws

Discussed by: Rebecca E. Renzas
Attorney, Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP


Rebecca Renzas practices trust and estate law and prepares a broad range of estate plans, including revocable trusts, wills, dynasty trusts, qualified residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts and charitable trusts. She also advises trustees, corporate fiduciaries and beneficiaries on all aspects of trust administration and represents clients in probate court, both in the probate and trust administration settings. Renzas has experience advising clients on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, Sept 13, 2014
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 9:00 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • Program: 9:30 A.M.
  • Q&A: 11:00 A.M.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by Sept 6, 2014 or OnLine by Sept 9, 2014): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by Sept 12, 2014): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
This is Two Topic Event


1.Using Behavioral Finance To Improve Investment Profits

The traditionalist approach to stocks (markets are efficient and rational) has been supplemented by recognizing the crucial human element in the picture. Insights from behavioral finance (BF) can significantly improve investment and trading results since it gives a fuller picture of what actually moves the market. This presentation will describe key BF concepts (there’s a lot more to it than fear and greed!) to help you identify factors penalizing your returns. Behavioral finance approaches will show how to measure market sentiment. Evidence from charts will be included, as well as some very surprising sources of BF insight that help in timing entry and exit points.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. What inhibits us from making good decisions
  2. Common behavioral errors investors make
  3. How to measure the crowd’s degree of error


2.Investing For Income Without Losing Your Capital

With historically low interest rates, investors are seeking bond alternatives, many of which investors have yet to try. Don Cassidy will fully describe these alternative income vehicles and give suggestions on how to use them most profitably and with limited risk. One major focus of the session will be strong caution against reaching for yield, which endangers capital—a tempting but painful experience for yieldseekers who have no more time for net saving. Among the topics Cassidy will discuss are preferred stocks, options, master limited partnerships (MLPs), equity and mortgage REITs, utilities, and income ETFs.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. About income vehicles that you may not have used before
  2. A great free website for preferred-stock info
  3. The ins and outs of MLPs and closed-end income funds

Discussed by: Donald L. Cassidy
Founder and President, Retirement Investing Institute


Don Cassidy is the author of five books for individual investors. He recently retired after 16 years with fund-tracker Lipper, where he followed money flows and closed-end funds and was primary media spokesperson. He founded and heads the Retirement Investing Institute, a foundation that educates investors with a focus on retirement. He has been program chair of the AAII Denver chapter for eight years. His main approach to investing uses behavioral finance as a key to understanding market moves and cycles. He has presented several times at annual AAII and InvestEd conventions, and over 200 times for AAII chapters and is on the speakers bureau for the CFA Institute. Cassidy holds a degree in finance from the Wharton School at Penn.

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, June 14, 2014
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 8:30 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • Program: 9:00 A.M.
  • Q&A: 11:00 A.M.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by June 7, 2014 or OnLine by June 10, 2014): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by June 13, 2014): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
This is Two Topic Event


1.How To Succeed In Changing Markets

Learn from over 35 years of successful fund investing during this presentation, where Janet Brown will share the secrets of the Upgrading strategy that has made NoLoad FundX one of the highest-ranked newsletters in the Hulbert Financial Digest for the past 25 years on a risk-adjusted basis. Upgrading is a disciplined, quantitative approach that allows investors to successfully participate in a broad range of opportunities as they develop. It is the process of investing in top-performing no-load mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), holding them for as long as they outperform their peers and upgrading to the new winners when they don’t. It combines the ability to recognize opportunities as they arise with the flexibility to move assets when leadership changes to take advantage of those opportunities.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. How you can stay invested in top-ranked funds in an ever-changing world
  2. Why it’s foolish to decide in advance which funds will do well in the future
  3. How you can manage fixed income in a rising interestrate environment

Discussed by: Janet Brown
Janet Brown is president of FundX Investment Group and managing editor of the NoLoad FundX investment newsletter. Since joining FundX in 1978, Janet has researched funds and developed the successful Upgrading approach: a systematic investment discipline to follow changing market leadership. While best known for its excellent long-term growth record, the firm also has unique and flexible fixed-income strategies that adapt to changing market environments.

2.How To Earn Double-Digit Returns While Avoiding Major Down Markets In A Safety-First Approach

The presentation will investigate market super cycles and avoiding losses on portfolio returns. Nick Atkeson and Andrew Houghton will discuss changing investor risk premiums and measuring risk, which can have a greater influence on stock valuations than earnings. They will investigate analysis tools including the moving average crossover model, market sentiment measures and relative strength to participate in bullish equity markets and avoid bearish equity markets.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. A long-term perspective on how to use a technical system to evaluate stock market risk
  2. The tools to apply a disciplined, systematic trading system to achieve outperformance
  3. How to interpret and use the Delta Market Sentiment Indicator (MSI) published in Barron’s

Discussed by: Nicholas Atkenson and Andrew Houghton
Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton are founding partners of Delta Investment Management LLC, a registered investment advisory firm based in San Francisco. Prior to founding Delta Investment Management, they were partners and portfolio managers of Delta Force Capital LLC, a San Francisco-based hedge fund, from 2006 to April 2009. Atkeson graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in economics and from Stanford University Graduate School of Business; Houghton has a B.A. in economics from Boston University. They are co-authors of the book “Win By Not Losing: A Disciplined Approach to Building and Protecting Your Wealth in the Stock Market by Managing Your Risk” (McGraw-Hill, 2013).

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, May 10, 2014
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 8:30 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • Program: 9:00 A.M.
  • Q&A: 11:00 A.M.
    Price In Advance (postmarked by May 3, 2014 or OnLine by May 6, 2014): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by May 9, 2014): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
"2014 U.S. And Global Outlook: Markets And The Economy"

Today’s economic environment is both challenging and puzzling. Economies and markets do not always synchronize in terms of recovery, and that has never been more evident than it is now. For this reason, understanding economic issues is critical in formulating the correct investment strategy for changing global conditions. This presentation by Michael Yoshikami seeks to provide insight into the current state of economic recovery on a global basis and presents a few thoughts regarding possible investment strategies in response to these conditions. A discussion forum will be held post-presentation with the speaker and members of the board.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  1. The current state of global economic conditions
  2. The deficit and its impact on future economic growth
  3. Potential investment strategies for 2014

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

  1. Hear a review of the important elements of current economic and world events
  2. Learn how current events relate to global investing
  3. Discuss global investing and ask additional questions

Meeting Details:

  • Date:
  • Saturday, April 12, 2014
  • Location:
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
  • 1740 N 1st St
  • San Jose, CA 95112
Registration/Social: 9:00 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only
  • Program: 9:30 A.M.
  • Q&A: 11:00 A.M.

  • Price In Advance (postmarked by April 5, 2014 or OnLine by April 8, 2014): $25/person
    Late Registration (OnLine by April 10, 2014): $30/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

    • Discussed by: Michael Yoshikami , CEO and Founder, Destination Wealth Management
      Michael Yoshikami, Ph.D., is CEO, founder and chairman of Destination Wealth Management. Founded in 1986, Destination is a San Francisco Bay Area-based independent wealth management firm. He leads the research initiatives at DWM. Yoshikami was named by Barron’s as one of the “Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors” for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The prestigious rankings are based on assets under management, the quality of practices and advisors’ revenues. Yoshikami holds a B.S. in business administration, an MBA and Ph.D. in education, and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. Yoshikami is a finance professor at National University of Singapore and authors finance white papers for NUS. He frequently appears on CNBC as a CNBC contributor and is quoted widely in the financial press. He also writes extensively on investment issues and global trends that have been published in the financial press.
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Saturday, February 8, 2014
"College Savings: Investing In The Future" and
"Withdrawal Strategies For Your Retirement Portfolio"

College Savings:Investing In The Future
Saving for tuition doesn’t have to be so taxing. Discover tax-advantaged strategies to save for the education of your children and grandchildren—or even yourself. Adam Frieg help you estimate savings goals, understand available alternatives, and show you some ways education savings can support your estate planning goals. It’s never too late to learn.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  • About available college savings options
  • Eligibility requirements and key features of tax-advantaged savings strategies
  • Get a sense for which options may be best for you

  • Discussed by: Adam Frieg , Associate Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab

    Adam Frieg has been with Charles Schwab for over four years and has worked in the financial services industry for nine years. Working in the Cupertino branch of Charles Schwab, he helps clients invest and plan for their goals. He earned his AAMS designation, has the Series 7 and 66 licenses, and received a B.A. from Westmont College.


Withdrawal Strategies For Your Retirement Portfolio

Most people spend decades accumulating a retirement portfolio, and expend much time and effort in managing this nest egg. However, little thought is given to withdrawal strategies. This talk discusses practical ways to optimize withdrawals so that the portfolio lasts throughout the retirement years.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

  • Bengen's four percent drawdown rule
  • Bucket strategies
  • Practical drawdown techniques

  • Discussed by: Fred Smith , Registered Investment Adviser

    Fred Smith is a long-term board member of the Silicon Valley chapter of AAII. He retired in 2006 from the semiconductor industry, where he held various engineering and management positions. Currently he is a registered investment adviser with a financial planning practice in Los Gatos.

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, February 8, 2014

Location:
San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
1740 N 1st St
San Jose, CA 95112

Registration/Social: 9:00 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only(No Breakfast)
Program: 9:30 AM.
Q&A: 11:00 AM. to 11:30 AM

Price In Advance (postmarked by Feb 1, 2014 or OnLine by Feb 4, 2014): $25/person
Late Registration (OnLine by Feb 6, 2014): $35/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $35/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

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Saturday, January 11, 2014
"Tracking The Fed in Transition"

The Federal Reserve is in transition, trying to determine when and how fast to taper its quantitative easing (QE) programs with a new Fed chair. Rogers focuses on how to track Fed policy and the key economic news affecting Fed decisions. Unwinding the Fed’s hugely expanded balance sheet will require innovative techniques; some likely but alternative scenarios will be discussed.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

1) Possible QE tapering scenarios that may unfold in 2014
2) Issues the Fed faces with unwinding their balance sheet in 2014 and beyond
3) How to track Fed policy and the economic news that impacts the Fed’s decisions

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

1) Understand the transition issues the Fed faces as we enter 2014
2) Become aware of how to avoid Fed-related “surprises” that may impact your investments
3) Gain insight into Fed workings and thought processes

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, January 11, 2014

Location:
San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
1740 N 1st St
San Jose, CA 95112

Registration/Social: 9:00 AM. Note:Coffe & Tea Only(No Breakfast)
Program: 9:30 AM.
Q&A: 11:00 AM. to 11:30 AM

Price In Advance (postmarked by Jan 4, 2014 or OnLine by Jan 7, 2014): $25/person
Late Registration (OnLine by Jan 9, 2014): $35/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $35/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Discussed by: R. Mark Rogers , Senior U.S. Economist, Econoday, Inc.
    R. Mark Rogers is Econoday’s senior economist, specializing in tracking U.S. economic indicators and U.S. monetary policy. Prior to joining Econoday, he spent 19 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as macroeconomic forecast coordinator, where he provided briefings on economic trends to the bank president prior to Fed policy meetings. Rogers has published on economic indicators, including “Handbook of Key Economic Indicators” (McGraw Hill, 1998) and “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Economic Indicators” (Alpha, 2009).
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