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2011 - 2010 Presentation Information


Saturday, November 5, 2011 CAN COMPUTERIZED INVESTING SAVE TIME, INCREASE PROFITS AND REDUCE RISK?

Can an individual investor use a computer to improve the chances of beating the market? Will using a computer help or hurt your results? Will it reduce or increase the amount of time necessary to manage your portfolio? Many performance claims ignore major negative factors in returns. Probably the four most significant such factors are fees, taxes, inflation and the impracticality of exactly following the benchmark. Claimed time savings ignore the time spent downloading data and updates and fixing the problems that occur when you install them. This seminar will look at these claims and discuss actual and simulated results obtained with real software under real market conditions. We will attempt to provide a completely realistic look at what results can be expected by an individual using a computer.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

- How to use a computer to obtain specific information on what and when to buy and sell
- How to use a computer to find and analyze data to calculate the probable returns and risks of specific securities

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, September 5, 2011

Location:
Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

Registration/Social/Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 AM
Q&A: 4:00 p.m.

Price In Advance (postmarked by 9/3 or online by 9/6): $20/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Al Zmyslowski
    Al Zmyslowski is an individual investor and a long-time member of AAII. Al is an experienced personal investor who has successfully managed several portfolios for himself and others using quantitative investment techniques. He is particularly interested in using computerized investing systems that result in good performance, infrequent trading and a low expenditure of time. Th is is for those of us who have a real job.
  • Bob Smithson
    Bob Smithson has 40 years of (mostly) successful personal investing experience, a Ph.D. in physics, 23 years of experience analyzing noisy and often invalid data, and 15 years of experience applying this type of analysis to investing decisions. He is a founder and manager of Anava Capital Management LLC. He is also the AAII Silicon Valley chapter board member for computerized investing.
  • Richard Oehlberg
    Richard Oehlberg holds graduate degrees in physics and has been learning from the market as an individual investor for over 25 years. He currently acts as a consultant to the electric power industry through his company, Oehlberg Consulting. In the past, he has worked on probabilistic risk assessment and management, process failure analysis and root cause determination. This and other technical activities have fueled his interest in computerized investing. He is a member of the AAII Silicon Valley chapter’s board and is interested in using metrics to take the vital signs of the market, the economy, stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, etc., in order to improve returns and reduce portfolio risk.
  • Short Topics by Andy Prophet, Lynn Gillette, and Fred Smith
    Lynn is the president of the AAII Silicon Valley chapter and Andy and Fred are members of the board. All have many years of investment experience, but have have different interests and objectives in their personal investing. Andy is primarily an income investor, concerned with maintaining and adequate cash flow after inflation and taxes. Fred is presently working on software to help with the development of portfolios that rotate between different asset classes to meet different market conditions. Lynn will speak on available computerized tools that can help with sell or hold decisions, market health assessments, and evaluating the fundamentals of prospective buys in changing markets.

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    Saturday, October 15, 2011 CHANGES AND UPDATES TO MEDICARE

    Ask anyone turning 65 about Medicare and, likely as not, they will say it is confusing and complicated. There are Parts A and B of Original Medicare, as well as Medigap plans to supplement them. There’s Part D, the prescription drug plan with the infamous “donut hole.” And there’s Part C of Medicare, also known as Medicare Advantage, which typically combines Parts A, B and D into one plan. There is the process of enrollment, as well as a myriad of rights and rules every Medicare beneficiary should know. The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) of the Council on Aging Silicon Valley can help current and prospective Medicare beneficiaries unravel the mysteries and wonders of Medicare.

    Attend This Meeting and Learn:

    - What Medicare is and its benefits and costs
    - About the required and optional parts of Medicare, including prescription drug coverage
    - What the health care reform legislation means for Medicare beneficiaries

    Meeting Details:

    Date:
    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Location:
    Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
    605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

    Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
    Program: 9:30 a.m.
    Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

    Price In Advance (postmarked by 10/8 or online by 10/11): $20/person
    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
    Non-Members Are Welcome
    No Refunds

    Speaker

    • Connie Corrles
      Connie Corrales directs the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) at the Council on Aging Silicon Valley. HICAP is a state-sponsored, volunteer-supported program that provides free counseling to people with Medicare about their benefi ts rights and options, as well as other health insurance–related questions. For the past 15 years Connie has specialized in promoting the rights of seniors and disabled persons. As the HICAP director, Connie supervises 30 HICAP counseling sites countywide and oversees a volunteer workforce.

      Downloads and Links

      • ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED
      • Slides and Handouts will be posted here after the meeting if available

      Saturday, September 10, 2011 GETTING BETTER AT SELLING

      Investors don’t realize a profit until a position is sold. Numerous forces conspire to inhibit selling for a profit. Some are in the external world, and many are in our heads. This presentation will present a checklist identifying enemies to guard against and will provide specific suggestions for selling advantageously. The speaker will also point out a number of publicly available signals showing when markets are unsustainable high­—great times to sell. Become better equipped to deal with selling a stock or ETF, the important and often-neglected second side of every investment position, by attending this September chapter event.

      Attend This Meeting and Learn:

      - Why selling is so hard, and what to do about it
      - Specific indicators and rules to improve selling performance
      - Ask specific questions of the speaker/author

      Meeting Details:

      Date:
      Saturday, September 10, 2011

      Location:
      Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
      605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

      Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
      Program: 9:30 a.m.
      Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

      Price In Advance (postmarked by 9/3 or online by 9/6): $20/person
      Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
      Non-Members Are Welcome
      No Refunds

      Speaker

      • Don Cassidy
        Don Cassidy has delivered over 200 presentations for AAII chapters, SIG groups, and national conventions. He is the author of five books for individual investors, including “It’s When you Sell That Counts” (McGraw-Hill, 1997) and “Trading on Volume” (McGraw-Hill, 2002). Trained in securities analysis at the Wharton School, and having worked as a brokerage firm’s analyst, he has become increasingly focused on behavioral finance as a means of understanding markets and people’s behavior. He is program chair of the AAII Denver chapter and a member of the CFA Society of Colorado, as well as a guest lecturer in investing at several Colorado universities. He is also on the faculty for InvestEd and the speakers bureau for the CFA Institute.

        Downloads and Links


        Mondays, June 20, July 25, August 8, 2011 and September TBD
        WORKSHOP SERIES: USING EXCEL FOR INVESTMENTS

        Microsoft Excel has a number of built-in statistical and graphics capabilities that allow it to accomplish many useful tasks for the individual investor, such as portfolio tracking, security analysis and risk reduction. Examples of topics covered include the basics of financial analysis with Excel, portfolio tracking, equity curve analysis, charting for visibility, moving averages, timing, backtesting, risk analysis and momentum. This class consists of a series of three meetings at which example spreadsheets will be provided and homework will be assigned. There will be a fourth meeting as a final wrap-up session, and both speakers will be available online between meetings for questions. Familiarity with basic investment concepts and the use of Excel for basic spreadsheet calculations is assumed; no knowledge of programming is required. The speakers will use Microsoft Excel 7 under Microsoft Windows 7 for this class, but most spreadsheets should function with Excel 2000 or later, as well as recent versions of Excel for Apple computers.

        Attend This Meeting and Learn:

        - How to use Excel spreadsheets for basic investment tasks such as portfolio tracking
        - How Excel’s library of statistical functions can be used for advanced tasks such as portfolio building, risk control and buy/sell decisions

        Meeting Details:

        Dates:
        Mondays, June 20, July 25, August 8, 2011 and September TBD

        Location:
        Saratoga Library Community Room, 13650 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, California 95070

        Setup: 6:30 p.m.
        Program: 7:00 p.m.
        Cleanup: 9:00 p.m.

        This Program is free. No registration is required.
        Non-Members Are Welcome

        Speakers

        • Al Zmyslowski
          Al Zmyslowski is vice president of engineering at Fujitsu America and an experienced personal investor who has successfully managed several portfolios for himself and others using quantitative investment techniques.
        • Dr. Robert C. Smithson
          Bob Smithson has 40 years of (mostly) successful personal investing experience, 23 years as a specialist in the analysis of noisy and often invalid data, and 15 years of applying this type of analysis to investing decisions. He is a founder and the manager of Anava Capital Management LLC, and a member of the board of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the AAII specializing in computerized investing.

          Downloads and Links

          • Speaker slides and other downloads will be posted here during the seminar.

          Saturday, June 18, 2011 ESTATE PLANNING101: THE BASICS AND BEYOND

          We all know that nothing is certain in life but death and taxes, yet few people effectuate successful estate plans, and even fewer understand the plans that they already have. This presentation will explain the economic and personal value of an effective estate plan, its basic components, and how to ensure that your goals are met. It will also provide an introduction to sophisticated estate planning techniques, including lifetime gifting opportunities, generation-skipping transfer tax avoidance and charitable giving. The presentation will discuss related issues such as business succession planning and real estate transfers, and you will also receive an update on significant recent changes to federal tax law.

          Attend This Meeting and Learn:

          - The essential components of an estate plan
          - Why planning is necessary to achieve your goals and protect your estate
          - How to avoid common estate planning pitfalls

          Meeting Details:

          Date:
          Saturday, June 18, 2011

          Location:
          Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
          605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

          Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
          Program: 9:30 a.m.
          Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

          Price In Advance (postmarked by 5/7 or online by 5/10): $20/person
          Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
          Non-Members Are Welcome
          No Refunds

          Speaker

          • Rebecca Renzas
            Rebecca Renzas is an attorney with Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP, a tax, business and real estate law firm located in San Francisco. She develops and implements estate plans for individuals, including revocable and irrevocable trusts, family limited partnerships and inter-family business and real estate transfers. She also has experience with all aspects of trust and probate administrations, ranging from asset management, taxation, accounting and fiduciary liability issues. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.

            Downloads and Links


            May 14, 2011   TODAY’S AND TOMORROW’S FIXED INCOME INVESTMENTS

            Bill Mullally, “The Bond Expert,” President and Head Fixed-Income Trader, Alamo Capital, will focus his presentation on the important facts that every bond investor should know. He will cover the fundamentals of municipal bonds in general, with a special emphasis on California municipal bonds. Bill will discuss taxable versus tax-free bonds and the power of taxable equivalent yields. Join us for answers to your questions about fixed-income investing.

            Attend This Meeting and Learn:

            - About today’s and tomorrow’s fixed-income investments
            - About California municipal bonds
            - About taxable versus tax-free investments

            Meeting Details:

            Date:
            Saturday, May 14, 2011

            Location:
            Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
            605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

            Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
            Program: 9:30 a.m.
            Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

            Price In Advance (postmarked by 5/7 or online by 5/10): $20/person
            Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
            Non-Members Are Welcome
            No Refunds

            Speaker

            • Bill Mullally
              For the last 23 years Bill Mullally has been the founder, president, municipal principal, head fixed income trader and underwriter of Alamo Capital, a full-service broker dealer that specializes in fixed-income investments. Bill has over 41 years of experience in the financial industry and an immense amount of knowledge regarding the various market conditions and how they relate to the fixed-income investor.

              Downloads and Links


              April 16, 2011   WHAT INVESTORS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MASTER LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS

              Increasing numbers of investors are discovering master limited partnerships (MLPs) as a steady source of tax-advantaged income with potential for capital appreciation. You may have heard of publicly traded partnerships or MLPs, but you may be unsure of what they are and how they may fit in your portfolio. Mary S. Lyman will review the basic structure of MLPs, types of MLP companies, and why MLPs are considered tax-advantaged. Richard A. Robert and M. Neale Hickerson will present an in-depth look at Vanguard Natural Resources LLC and Holly Energy Partners L.P., respectively.

              Attend This Meeting and Learn:

              - What kind of companies MLPs are
              - Why MLPs are considered tax-advantaged
              - How MLPs may fit in an investor’s portfolio

              Meeting Details:

              Date:
              Saturday, April 16, 2011

              Location:
              Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
              605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

              Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
              Program: 9:30 a.m.
              Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

              Price in Advance (mail or online through 4/9): $20/person
              Late Registration (online only by 4/14): $25/person
              Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
              Non-Members Are Welcome
              No Refunds

              Speakers

              • Mary S. Lyman is executive director of the National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships (NAPTP), a trade association representing publicly traded partnerships (also known as master limited partnerships or MLPs) and those who work with them. Ms. Lyman has worked with the association and with MLPs for over 25 years. She is a director at Gnarus Advisors LLC, which provides management services to NAPTP. She received her B.A. from Dickinson College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

              • Since 2007, Richard A. Robert has served as the executive vice president, chief financial officer and secretary of Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (NYSE: VNR). He is also executive vice president, chief financial officer and director of the general partner of Encore Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE: ENP). Prior to joining Vanguard, he was at Midcoast Energy Resources and Encore Energy Partners, where he was responsible for acquisition and divestiture analysis, capital formation, taxation and strategic planning, accounting and risk management, and investor relations. Mr. Robert is a certified public accountant.

              • M. Neale Hickerson is the vice president of investor relations for Holly Corporation (NYSE: HOC), where he has worked since 1994. He also serves as vice president of investor relations for Holly Energy Partners (NYSE: HEP), a master limited partnership formed by Holly Corporation in 2003. Before 1994, he served as an equity trader and specialist on the Pacific Stock Exchange for Crowell, Weedon & Co. Mr. Hickerson obtained his B.S. in business administration and his MBA from the University of Southern California.

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                March 12, 2011   WAKE UP, PEOPLE!! THE OUTLOOK FOR THE SECOND FULL YEAR OF ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE UNITED STATES AND EMERGING MARKETS (WITH SOME HOPE FOR EUROPE, TOO)

                Jeanette Garretty, Senior Wealth Manager and Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Private Bank, will discuss the evolving economic recovery in the United States and emerging markets and the policy challenges that lie ahead. Key topics will include monetary policy, state and federal government debt, inflation, and employment. How do the cyclical and structural changes in global economic and financial markets affect the individual investor? Jeanette will provide a forecast for interest rates, earnings, consumer spending, capital spending, the trade deficit and the dollar. She will also discuss the information needed for financial planning and provide economic analyses for various investment sectors.

                Attend This Meeting and Learn:

                - How to measure and evaluate risks
                - About the economic and financial outlook for 2011 and 2012
                - About some thoughts on insanity, defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

                Meeting Details:

                Date:
                Saturday, March 12, 2011

                Location:
                Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
                605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

                Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
                Program: 9:30 a.m.
                Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

                Price Early Advance (online or postmarked by 3/5): $20/person
                Price Advance (online only 3/6 - 3/10): $25/person
                Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
                Non-Members Are Welcome
                No Refunds

                Speaker

                • Jeanette Garretty
                  Jeanette Garretty has worked with ultra high net worth clients and senior executives in various capacities for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she was chief domestic economist and head of industry analysis at Bank of America, and she continues to speak nationally on economic conditions and financial strategies. She currently serves as president of the Leadership Board for Northern Arizona University and as a member of the Stanford Institute for Economics and Policy Research. In 2001, 2003, and 2005, Jeanette was named one of the 75 Most Influential Bay Area Business Women by the San Francisco Business Times. In 2008, Jeanette was named as one of the Top 30 Investment Advisors in the Bay Area by the Winner’s Circle and as one of the Top 25 Wealth Managers in Silicon Valley. In 2009 and 2010 she was named to the Barron’s Top 1000 List of Investment Advisors in the United States and ranked #14 nationally among U.S. Women Investment Advisors. In 2010, Barron’s named her #8 in the nation among Women Investment Advisors and named her team as one of the top teams.

                  Downloads and Links

                  • ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED
                  • Speaker slides and any other downloads will be posted if available after the seminar.

                  February 19, 2011   GLOBAL TACTICAL INVESTING

                  Mebane Faber, manager of the Cambria Global Tactical exchange-traded fund (ETF) (ticker: GTAA) and co-author of “The Ivy Portfolio” (John Wiley & Sons, 2009), will show us how to develop a portfolio that mimics the stellar long-term investment track records of the Harvard & Yale endowments. Specifically, he will discuss how an investor can develop an innovative strategic asset allocation using an ETF-based investment approach. He will also present a simple tactical asset allocation method that improves risk-adjusted returns and dampens the impact of bear markets on long-term results.

                  Attend This Meeting and Learn:

                  - How to develop a simple portfolio that can withstand any economic environment
                  - How to manage the portfolio to dampen bear markets
                  - Essential investment rules and time-tested techniques that work

                  Meeting Details:

                  Date:
                  Saturday, February 19, 2011

                  Location:
                  Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
                  605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

                  Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
                  Program: 9:30 a.m.
                  Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

                  Price Early Advance (online or postmarked by 2/12): $20/person
                  Price Advance (online only 2/13 - 2/17): $25/person
                  Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
                  Non-Members Are Welcome
                  No Refunds

                  Speaker

                  • Mebane Faber
                    Mr. Faber researches and manages a number of quantitative strategies at Cambria Investment Management, including equity and global tactical asset allocation portfolios. Co-author of the newly published book “The Ivy Portfolio” (John Wiley & Sons, 2009), he is a frequent speaker and writer on quantitative asset management strategies. His commentary has been featured in Barron’s, Worth, and The New Yorker. Prior to joining Cambria, Faber’s background included positions as a biotechnology equity analyst and a quantitative research analyst. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in engineering science and biology. Mr. Faber is a chartered alternative investment analyst (CAIA) and chartered market technician (CMT).

                    Downloads and Links


                    November 13, 2010   ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER LOST DECADE?
                    The Secular and Cyclical Outlook for Stocks, Bonds, and Inflation

                    Now that we have endured the first decade of the 21st century—indeed the “Lost Decade” — what is in store for you and other investors in the next 10 years? Find out why our guest speaker believes investors should prepare for “Another Lost Decade” and what market benchmarks will look like when we have reached the end of this current secular bear market. Why is understanding the business cycle more critical than ever for investors and, most importantly, where are markets in relation to the current business cycle? What actions can you take to invest profitably in today’s volatile environment? Our guest speaker, Tom Kopas, a principal at investment advisory firm Pring Turner Capital Group, will discuss what asset allocation decisions will bring investors safely through this cycle. Valuable insights and original research will be fully shared at this timely presentation. Tom will identify where the risks and opportunities are for investors now and in the coming months and years ahead.

                    Attend This Meeting and Learn:

                    - When will the current secular bear market end?
                    - How to identify where we are in the current business cycle
                    - How to build wealth in this secular bear market

                    Meeting Details:

                    Date:
                    Saturday, November 13, 2010

                    Location:
                    Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
                    605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

                    Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
                    Program: 9:30 a.m.
                    Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

                    Price Early Advance (online or postmarked by 11/6): $20/person
                    Price Advance (online only 11/7 - 11/11): $25/person
                    Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
                    Non-Members Are Welcome
                    No Refunds

                    Speaker

                    • Tom J. Kopas
                      Tom Kopas began his career in the investment industry in 1981 and spent more than 20 years as a fi nancial consultant with major Wall Street brokerage fi rms before joining Pring Turner Capital Group in Walnut Creek, CA. Tom shares responsibility for implementing investment policy, strategy and portfolio management at Pring Turner. Tom has taught numerous investment and retirement planning courses and is a frequent guest speaker on investment planning issues. Most recently, Tom was invited to speak to the AAII San Francisco chapter in March 2010.

                      Downloads and Links

                      • ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED
                      • Speaker slides and any other downloads will be posted if available after the seminar.

                      October 9, 2010   ALL-DAY INVESTING SEMINAR

                      Changing Tactics in a Changing Market: A Short Introduction
                      Dr. Robert C. Smithson, Moderator
                      Because of the changing nature of the investing climate, old rules may no longer be appropriate. Smithson will discuss methods of dealing with the uncertainty, and how to maximize the probability of meeting your investment goals.

                      How to Analyze a Stock
                      Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, senior financial analyst at AAII, and editor of Computerized Investing
                      Using real-world examples, Wayne will show you how to perform a step-by-step analysis of a company to decide whether it’s right for your portfolio using popular online research and data sources.

                      Adaptive Investing With Tactical Relative Strength Models
                      Paul Townsend, associate vice-president & investment officer at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
                      The disruptive markets of the last decade have permanently changed the world for investors. The ability to drill down from the marketlevel, the sector-level, the stock-level and the country-level gives the adaptive investor a significant advantage — this is the future of tactical investing.

                      Changing Markets: Does Anything Still Work?
                      Al Zmyslowski, vice president of engineering at Fujitsu America
                      Do any of the ‘tried and true’ investing rules still offer value in this environment? Can you invest in brand name stocks and still expect to make a reasonable return? Does any form of value investing still make sense? This talk discusses these topics and presents examples of approaches that continue to provide reasonable returns.

                      Northwest Economy: Investing Opportunites in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho
                      Barbara A. Johnston, D.V.M., DipACLAM, CFA, Individual Investor
                      Is there intelligent business life outside California? Biotech, medical, telecom, software and IT beyond Silicon Valley? Real estate markets that have survived the mortgage meltdown? You bet there are! Attend this informative, entertaining summary of the business climate and investing opportunities in and around Pugetopolis.

                      Attend This Meeting and Learn:

                      - How to cope with fundamental changes in the investing environment
                      - What still seems to work, and what doesn't

                      Meeting Details:

                      Date:
                      Saturday, October 9, 2010

                      Location:
                      Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
                      605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

                      Registration/Social/Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
                      Program: 8:30 a.m.
                      Lunch: 11:45 AM
                      Q&A: during talks and general Q&A at 4:00 p.m.

                      Price Early Advance (online or postmarked by 10/2): $50/person
                      Price Advance (online only 10/3 - 10/7): $55/person
                      Price At The Door (space permitting): $60/person
                      Non-Members Are Welcome
                      No Refunds

                      Speakers

                      • Dr. Bob Smithson, Chapter Board for Computerized Investing, Independent Investment Advisor
                      • Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, senior financial analyst at AAII, and editor of Computerized Investing
                      • Paul Townsend, associate vice-president & investment officer at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
                      • Al Zmyslowski, Chapter Member, Individual Investor
                      • Barbara Johnston, DVM, DipACLAM, CFA, Individual Investor

                        Downloads and Links


                        June 26, 2010   CONVERTING TO A ROTH IRA: BEYOND THE BASICS

                        Income limits on Roth conversions were eliminated and special tax treatment is allowed for 2010 conversions. Articles in the AAII Journal and Computerized Investing describe the conversion process, annuity-based assessment methods and rules of thumb for assessing conversion opportunities. Peter uses a series of vignettes to show that policy risk and return variation generally limit conversions to younger individuals who spend less than they earn and to older individuals who do not risk running out of money. The usual guidelines for assessing conversion opportunities neglect these risks. The usual guidelines are also unreliable because of unnecessary mortality and income tax approximations. Peter’s presentation in another AAII venue was well received.

                        Attend This Meeting and Learn:

                        - Why the usual guidelines are unreliable
                        - Optimum conversion amount and timing
                        - How tax policy and return variation affect conversion benefits

                        Meeting Details:

                        Date:
                        Saturday, June 26, 2010

                        Location:
                        Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
                        605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

                        Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
                        Program: 9:30 a.m.
                        Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

                        Price In Advance (by 6/19): $15/person
                        Price At The Door (space permitting): $20/person
                        Non-Members Are Welcome
                        No Refunds

                        Speaker

                        • Peter James Lingane, EA, CFP
                          Financial Security by Design

                          Downloads and Links


                          May 8, 2010   FREE INVESTING TOOLS: 24/7 ONLINE ACCESS TO VALUE LINE, S&P and MORNINGSTAR

                          The Santa Clara County Library offers free access to Value Line, Morningstar and Standard & Poor’s databases online, anywhere, 24/7 to library card holders. Cards are free, with no residency requirement. All three databases provide a wealth of information regarding both stocks and mutual funds. This presentation will show you how to personally use these valuable investment tools.

                          Attend This Meeting and Learn:

                          - How each site is organized for quick access to stock and mutual fund information
                          - How to retrieve basic reports, including those you may currently be using in print form
                          - The five best or unique features about each site

                          Meeting Details:

                          Date:
                          Saturday, May 8, 2010

                          Location:
                          Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
                          605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

                          Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
                          Program: 9:30 a.m.
                          Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

                          Price In Advance (by 5/1): $15/person
                          Price At The Door (space permitting): $20/person
                          Non-Members Are Welcome
                          No Refunds

                          Speakers

                          • Russell Malley, Marion Michel and Vicky Powell
                            Directors, Instructors and Founding Members, Silicon Valley Chapter of BetterInvesting

                            Downloads and Links


                            April 17, 2010   Financial ROUNDTABLE SEMINAR: STOCKS, MUTUAL FUNDS, ETFs, REAL ESTATE & INTEREST RATES

                            Former Wall Street CEO, educator and investing guru, Harvey Baraban will present his popular seminar. At his last appearance in October 2008 when the market was trading just under 10,000, Harvey suggested preparing for the worst economic scenario and recommended reducing stock exposure in portfolios—wise and accurate advice. Harvey will share his inside secrets for successful investing and where the best opportunities for profit in the markets are now. With insight from over 40 years in the investment industry, he will show how being an informed investor can lead to better overall performance. Harvey will discuss how stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate and interest rates are impacted by current market conditions, and how ETFs are changing the market.

                            Attend This Meeting and Learn:

                            - Harvey’s essential rules of investing
                            - Asset allocation strategies using stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs
                            - Trading techniques that work

                            Meeting Details:

                            Date:
                            Saturday, April 17, 2010

                            Location:
                            Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
                            605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

                            Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
                            Program: 9:30 a.m.
                            Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

                            Price In Advance (by 4/10): $15/person
                            Price At The Door (space permitting): $20/person
                            Non-Members Are Welcome
                            No Refunds

                            Speaker

                            • Harvey Baraban
                              Former CEO, Baraban Securities

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                              March 13, 2010   THE BOND MARKET WENT FROM FAMINE TO FEAST...NOW WHAT?

                              The credit crisis triggered many changes in bondland. If you are managing your own portfolio, you’d be well served to understand those changes.

                              Attend This Meeting and Learn:

                              - About the bond fund bubble
                              - How to buy individual bonds with fortress balance sheets
                              - Steps to creating a bullet-proof bond portfolio

                              Meeting Details:

                              Date:
                              Saturday, March 13, 2010

                              Location:
                              Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
                              605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

                              Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
                              Program: 9:30 a.m.
                              Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

                              Price In Advance (by 3/6): $15/person
                              Price At The Door (space permitting): $20/person
                              Non-Members Are Welcome
                              No Refunds

                              Speaker

                              • Marilyn Cohen
                                President, Envision Capital Management, Inc.

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                                February 13, 2010   TAKING ADVANTAGE OF INVESTMENT TRENDS

                                Dynamic asset allocation blends the timelessness of the historical efficient frontier of investing with the future expectations of 3-5 year trends. Learn the investment trends that you can take advantage of in the next few years.

                                Attend This Meeting and Learn:

                                - The global economic trends and the countries most likely to profit from them
                                - When each sector of the economy does the best during the market cycle
                                - How to profit from inflation and currency trends
                                - Maximizing aftertax returns in the coming tax tsunami
                                - Dynamic asset allocation in an evolving market environment

                                Meeting Details:

                                Date:
                                Saturday, February 13, 2010

                                Location:
                                Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
                                605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

                                Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
                                Program: 9:30 a.m.
                                Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

                                Price In Advance (by 2/6): $15/person
                                Price At The Door (space permitting): $20/person
                                Non-Members Are Welcome
                                No Refunds

                                Speaker

                                • David John Marotta
                                  President and Senior Wealth Manager, Marotta Wealth Management

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                                  January 9, 2010   INSIDE THE INVESTOR'S BRAIN: MANAGING YOUR MIND TO PROSPER IN THE MARKETS

                                  Have you ever bought at a top or sold at a bottom? This and other mistakes are remarkably common among investors. The origin of such errors lies in the way our brains process financial information. Using data from recent neuroimaging research carried out at Stanford, Dr. Peterson will demonstrate the unconscious origins of most investment mistakes, evidence of their impact on profitability, and techniques for overcoming them. This talk is interspersed with humor and interactive exercises.

                                  Attend This Meeting and Learn:

                                  - About the “hard science” of investment psychology, from the level of the genes, to the brain, to your individual trading decisions
                                  - How to identify common perceptual mistakes in the media and in your own investing process

                                  Meeting Details:

                                  Date:
                                  Saturday, January 9, 2010

                                  Location:
                                  Lookout Restaurant at Sunnyvale Muni Golf Course
                                  605 Macara Ave., Sunnyvale

                                  Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
                                  Program: 9:30 a.m.
                                  Q&A: 11:00 a.m.

                                  Price In Advance (by 1/2): $15/person
                                  Price At The Door (space permitting): $20/person
                                  Non-Members Are Welcome
                                  No Refunds

                                  Speaker

                                  • Richard L. Peterson, MD
                                    Managing Director, MarketPsy Capital, LLC

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