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2013 - 2012 Presentation Information


Saturday, November 9, 2013
"Taxes, Traps and Your IRA"

You’ve worked hard to accumulate your Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Are you aware of common mistakes that can turn your IRAs into an IOU to Uncle Sam or wipe out the inheritance to your heirs? This presentation will show you how to avoid tax traps and make your IRAs a multi-generation legacy.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

1) What tax traps exist that can impact your IRA
2) How to avoid these traps and protect your IRA
3) How to fully exploit the tax advantages of your IRA

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

1) Fully understand the tax benefits of your IRA
2) Avoid costly tax errors impacting your IRA
3) Get help with your tax planning for 2013 and 2014

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, November 9, 2013

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 Nov 2, 2013 or OnLine by Nov 5, 2013): $25/person
Late Registration (OnLine by Nov 7, 2013): $35/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $35/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Discussed by: Angela Wong , Angela Wong, CPA
    Angela H. Wong, CPA, has over 20 years of tax experience. She was an Internal Revenue Service agent for about nine years before serving clients in public accounting. Wong owns a tax and accounting practice in Los Altos and believes that educating people is one of the best approaches to helping them utilize the tax laws to their benefit. Angela is an alumna of San Jose State University with cum laude honors and is also a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
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Saturday, October 19, 2013
ETF Rotation: Backtesting and Live Account Management
Value-Oriented Stock Screening: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


This will be a two-speaker event:


Attend This Meeting To Learn:

- How to use ETF rotation and stock screening strategies
- How back testing can - and cannot - help your investing strategies
- Practical implementations of, and real-world experience with, these techniques

REASONS TO ATTEND:

- Understand how back testing can help improve investing strategies and boost investor confidence
- Gain insight into ETF rotation and stock screening strategies
- See how these strategies can be implemented by individual investors

FIRST PRESENTATION TITLE: ETF Rotation: Backtesting and Live Account Management

This session reveals the ups and downs of investing in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) using a simple strategy to select among top funds. The first half covers back testing of ETF rotation strategies, including brand new data on an advanced strategy. Following that will be a discussion of lessons learned in the first year of live account management.

  • Speaker: Jackie Ann Patterson, President, BackTestingReport
    Jackie Ann Patterson tests investment strategies to better understand what to expect when trading the markets. Her publications include Truth About ETF Rotation, a dozen BackTesting Reports, and several research articles for Fidelity Investments. She is a frequent speaker for Traders Expo, MoneyShow, and other trading/investing groups. Jackie’s successful high-tech career spans more than 20 years in a variety of engineering, marketing, and management roles. She has more than 15 years of experience in the stock market and has won awards in trading competitions.

SECOND PRESENTATION TITLE:
Value-Oriented Stock Screening: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This session will discuss the development of value oriented stock screens, how they can be back tested, analyzed and implemented -- all in a reasonable amount of time. Controlling the volatility of these strategies will also be discussed along with how these strategies compare to their mutual fund and ETF equivalents.

  • Second Speaker: Al Zmyslowski: An Individual Investor
    Al Zmyslowski is an individual investor, a long-time member of AAII and leads the Computerized Investing group for the Silicon Valley Chapter. Al is particularly interested in using computerized investing systems that result in good performance, infrequent trading and a low expenditure of time.

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Location:
San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
1740 N 1st St
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone Number: 408-793-3300
Note: Additional parking in the rear of the hotel

Registration/Social: 8:00 a.m. Note:Coffe & Tea Only(No Breakfast)
Two-Speaker Program First Speaker, 08.30 a.m
Break, 10:00 a.m.
Second Speaker, 10:15 a.m.
Q&A: 11:45 a.m.

Price In Advance (postmarked by 10/12 or online by 10/15): $25/person
Late Registration (OnLine by 10/17): $35/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $35/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

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Saturday, September 14, 2013
"Biotech Investing: Catching the Next Wave"

Biotech is once again the best performing sector in the Stock Market and the Medical Technology Stock Sector has produced outstanding returns for its subscribers. Through 7/25: Model Portfolio +56.4%, Trader’s Portfolio +104.1%. This presentation will show individual investors how they may profit from Biotech stocks or ETFs and also manage risk.
Over the last year, we have sharpened our focus and teamed up with Jay Silverman, a first class Wall Street biotech analyst. We have also re-launched our website, www.bioinvest.com, a one-stop-shop for all of your biotech investing needs. Our recent series of “White Papers” provides a deep and thorough understanding of our investment philosophy in biotech. Jay and I have over 50 years of combined biotech investment experience allowing us to provide world class biotech investment advice. Take a peek at our website, www.bioinvest.com, where we have many features available to sample for free. Lastly, we want to invite you to hear us present at the Silicon Valley AAII for our most up-to-date recommendations in the exciting field of biotech investing.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

1) Learn about Biotech
2) How to make money from Biotech
3) Risk Management

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

1) You liked what you saw at www.BioInvest.com
2) Do you know someone who has Cancer?
3) Our best New Investment Ideas.

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, September 14, 2013

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 Sept 7, 2013 or OnLine by Sept 10, 2013): $25/person
Late Registration (OnLine by Sept 12, 2013): $35/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $35/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Discussed by: John McCamant
    John McCamant joined the Medical Technology Stock Letter as Associate Editor in 1987 and was named Editor of this leading investment newsletter in August 2000. Mr. McCamant has spent twenty five years on the front lines of biotechnology investing. As an equities analyst for the American Healthcare Fund, he uncovered investment opportunities and guided investment strategy. At Burrill & Company, a San Francisco-based private merchant bank, he was a lead in raising $75 million for a venture capital fund. Mr. McCamant has established an extensive network that includes contacts throughout the investment banking and venture capital communities. His expertise in biotechnology investments is a subject of media interest. He is frequently consulted and quoted by The Washington Post, Business Week, Reuters, Bloomberg, CBS Marketwatch.
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Saturday, June 08, 2013
"High Dividend Investing: What You Need to Know "

With banks paying next to nothing, and the stock market iffy, it's time to take a hard look at high-dividend stocks. At this highly interactive presentation, Harry Domash will tell you which dividend stock categories look best right now and which you should avoid. You'll also learn how to find, research and analyze dividend-paying common stocks, energy trusts, closed-end funds, real estate investment trusts, master-limited partnerships, 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.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

1) How to avoid the tax hassles of energy partnerships and get even better returns
2) Why preferred stocks should be in every portfolio
3) Why you should buy closed-end funds instead of conventional mutual funds

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

1) Get your dividend questions answered by an expert
2) Learn about Winning Investing Tutorials
3) Discuss your dividend strategies with other investors

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, June 08, 2013

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

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

Price In Advance (postmarked by 06/01 or online by 06/04): $25/person
Late Registration (OnLine by 06/06): $35/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $35/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Discussed by: Harry Domash
    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 best selling stock analysis book, “Fire Your Stock Analyst,” has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Russian. Harry publishes DividendDetective.com, a site specializing in high-dividend investing, and WinningInvesting.com, a free site featuring “how to” investing tutorials and other resources. Domash conducts fundamental analysis workshops and is a frequent speaker at Money Show and AAII seminars.
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Saturday, May 04 13, 2013
SHAREHOLDER YIELD: A Better Approach To Dividend Investing

In this low-return environment, investors have flocked to dividend stocks in search of yield. However, companies in the U.S. markets are paying out less in dividends due to legal, tax and structural changes. Consequently, investors should consider all of the direct and indirect ways in which companies distribute their cash to shareholders, a metric commonly referred to as “shareholder yield.” Mebane Faber will discuss his new book, “Shareholder Yield: A Better Approach to Dividend Investing,” and show how to analyze portfolios based on various cash flow metrics. He will demonstrate that portfolios of companies with high shareholder yields outperform both broad market indexes and other high-dividend-yield portfolios by a substantial margin. It is more important than ever to consider the alternative methods by which companies distribute their earnings.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

1) How to find returns in a low return world
2) Why focusing on dividends alone is a mistake
3) A better approach to income investing

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

1) Hear information beneficial to you if you own stocks and are looking for income
2) Learn more about dividend stocks

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, May 04, 2013

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

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

Price In Advance (postmarked by 04/27 or online by 04/30): $25/person
Late Registration (OnLine by 05/02): $35/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $35/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Speaker: Mebane Faber
    Mebane Faber is a co-founder and the chief investment officer of Cambria Investment Management. Faber is the manager of Cambria’s Global Tactical ETF (GTAA), separate accounts and private investment funds for accredited investors. Faber is also the author of the Mebane Faber Research blog, and the co-author of “The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets” (Wiley, 2011). He is a frequent speaker and writer on investment strategies and has been featured in Barron’s, The New York Times and The New Yorker. Faber graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in engineering science and biology.
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Saturday, April 13, 2013
FINANCIAL ROUNDTABLE SEMINAR: Planning and Rebalancing your Retirement Portfolio

Important: Please Note the New Location!

Former Wall Street CEO, educator and investing guru, Harvey Baraban, will present his popular seminar for AAII members. At his last appearance here, Baraban provided wise and accurate investment advice. Baraban 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. With timely, market sensitive information, Baraban will review current world events and the opportunities you have in forming your own retirement portfolio. The program will provide anyone who owns stocks, mutual funds, ETF's or bonds with insight into market behavior and what to do now and in the coming months

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

1) How might current event affect your retirement portfolio
2) What do investors need to look for in the coming months?
3) Gain insight into market behavior and how to respond

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

1) Hear Harvey’s essential rules of investing
2) Learn asset allocation strategies using stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs in your retirement portfolio
3) Discover trading techniques that work

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, April 13, 2013

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

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

Price In Advance (postmarked by 04/06 or online by 04/09): $25/person
Late Registration (OnLine by 04/11): $35/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $35/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Speaker: Harvey Baraban
    Harvey Baraban is the founder and CEO of Baraban Securities, at one time the largest independent brokerage firm in California with more than 1,500 brokers. As an educator, he has trained over 30,000 people for certification as stockbrokers, and until recently he was an adjunct professor of business and finance at Golden Gate University. Harvey holds an engineering degree from Duke University. Harvey remains active in the industry as an arbitrator for FINRA (formerly NASD), conducts his popular, informative and entertaining public seminars on personal investment strategies, and first and foremost is passionate about the stock market.
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Saturday, March 09, 2013
AAII Workshop: Design, Construction and Implementation of Your Investment Policy Statement (IPS)

Investment Policy Statements are often the missing link in successful portfolio construction, design, and management. This workshop will take you beyond the simple allocation model and provide you with insights to help guide you through volatile markets, geopolitical uncertainty, and personal emergencies while you seek to meet your personal financial goals

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

- Beyond Risk Tolerance: The Important components of an IPS
- Bridging the gap between Risk Tolerance and Portfolio Construction
- Managing Risk is more important than making money

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

- Planning and Process development are cost effective and time efficient
- Learn how to address emergencies and “The Next Big Thing”
- How to avoid the most costly and common investment planning mistakes.

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, March 09, 2013

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

Registration/Social: 8:00 a.m. Note:Coffe & Tea Only(No Breakfast)
Program: 8:30 a.m.
Q&A: 11:30 a.m.

Price In Advance (postmarked by 03/02 or online by 03/05): $25/person
Late Registration (OnLine by 03/07): $35/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $35/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Richard Farkas
    Richard Farkas, CMT, President of Strategic Global Investment Services manages ETF portfolios for individuals and institutions. Based in Campbell, CA – Richard is past President of (MTA) Market Technician’s Association – San Francisco Chapter. Richard is a member of the ETF Advisor Hall of Fame recognized by Research Magazine in October 2008. He is a frequent writer for Worth Magazine, KDOW radio guest. His lecture topics include investment strategies, ETFs, and technical analysis

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Saturday, February 09, 2013
The Road Ahead:Good, Bad or Ugly?
Secular Update:Are You Prepared for Another Lost Decase?


This will be a two-speaker event:


PRESENTATION TITLE: The Raod Ahead:Good, Bad or Ugly?

As of this writing in late 2012, a resolution on the fiscal cliff has still not been reached. It is clear that there will be more far-reaching issues to be addressed in the months ahead. We continue to have political gridlock in the U.S., a weak global economy and debt problems in the U.S. and countries across the globe. Despite the array of challenges confronting us, our speaker, Kevin Gahagan, advocates maintaining one’s investment discipline—but also having a discipline to maintain. Gahagan will discuss the implications of portfolio structure and strategy in a variety of economic and interest rate environments. He’ll also comment on the research on investor behavior and discuss strategies for combating the biases that inevitably influence our investment decisions.

Attend This Meeting To Learn:

- What investment strategy makes sense in this environment ?
- Building your investment discipline.
- Why is maintaining one's investment discipline important?

REASONS TO ATTEND:

- Learn about portfolio structure and strategy in a variety of economic and interest rate environments
- Hear comments about research into investor behavior.
- Combating biases that inevitably influence our investment decisions.

  • First Speaker: Kevin Gahagan, CIMA, CFP
    Kevin Gahagan is a Principal and Senior Advisor with Mosaic Financial Partners, Inc., a leading Bay Area wealth advisory firm. Kevin has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of "the Bay Area's Top Twenty-Five Independent Wealth Advisors." In 2007, he was named a "Top Advisor" by Reuters AdvicePoint and in 2008 was recognized by the Consumer Research Council of America as one of "America's Top Financial Planners."
    Prior to establishing his financial advisory practice in 1995, Kevin enjoyed a successful twenty-year career with Wells Fargo Bank. He is a Certified Financial Planner® certificant (CFP) and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA). Kevin is a past president of the EastBay chapter of the Financial Planning Association and past Chairman of the association's Northern California Presidents' Council. He served for seven years on the board of the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley concluding his service as President and Chairman. He currently serves on the San Francisco board of the American Association of Individual Investors. Kevin is an active member of the Financial Planning Association and Investment Management Consultants Association where he serves on the association's Specialty Conference Committee.
    From 2000 through 2005, Kevin taught for the financial planning program at UC Berkeley. He was a founding member of the program's advisory board where he served for five years. Often quoted in the national press and local news media, Kevin is a frequent speaker on investment strategy, financial and retirement planning.

PRESENTATION TITLE:
Secular Update: Are You Prepared for Another Lost Decade ?
Is the Cyclical Bull Market for Stocks Almost Over?

Our guest speaker Tom Kopas returns this year to deliver an update to Pring Turner Capital Group’s secular outlook for stocks, bonds and commodities. Packed with fresh new material based on their unique, internationally recognized research, this program will answer many of today’s topical questions, including: What’s ahead for the economy and are precious metals and commodities in a bubble? Is there more risk or opportunity in foreign markets? Tom will discuss what asset allocation decisions will bring investors profi tably through this cycle, and where the risks and opportunities are for investors now and in the coming months and years.

Attend This Meeting To Learn:

- How to Identify Where we are in the Current Business Cycle
- When the Current Secular Bear Market for Stocks Will End
- How to Build Wealth in this Difficult Investment Environment

REASONS TO ATTEND:

- Be Prepared to Invest in the Second Lost Decade for Stocks
- Gain a Unique Perspective from Internationally Recognized Independent Research
- Acquire Valuable Knowledge to Create Better Portfolio Returns with Less Risk

  • Second Speaker: Tom J. Kopas
    Tom J. Kopas is a principal and portfolio manager at Pring Turner Capital Group, an independent investment advisory firm based in Walnut Creek, California. Tom is a career-long investment educator, having taught numerous investment and retirement planning courses covering portfolio risk management and investing around the business cycle. The Pring Turner team is frequently invited to share their knowledge and experience with both professional and individual investor groups throughout the world. Tom co-manages the Pring Turner Business Cycle ETF (DBIZ), an actively managed fund based on Pring Turner’s six-stage business cycle investment strategy. In addition, Kopas co-authored a book published by McGraw-Hill in June 2012 entitled, “Investing in the Second Lost Decade.” The book received favorable reviews in both The New York Times and the AAII Journal (August 2012).

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, February 09, 2013

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

Registration/Social: 8:30 a.m. Note:Coffe & Tea Only(No Breakfast)
Two-Speaker Program First Speaker, 09.00 a.m
Second Speaker, 10:15 a.m.
Q&A: 11:30 a.m.

Price In Advance (postmarked by 02/02 or online by 02/05): $25/person
Late Registration (OnLine by 01/10): $35/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $35/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

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Saturday, January 12, 2013
2012 State & Federal Tax Update

Don't attempt to file your tax return without it! This seminar will give you a concise and practical review of significant new tax legislative changes, regulations, rulings, form changes, and other developments that impact your 2012 individual state and Federal income tax and planning for 2013.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

- What Congress finally did related to 2012 tax changes
- What deductions were OK in 2011 that are not in 2012 & 2013
- Anticipate 2013 Medicare Surtax & potential other rate changes

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

- Learn what tax benefits expired at the end of 2011 & 2012
- Consider what tax rates could apply to 2013 and other structural changes
- Consider planning opportunities for 2013

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, January 12, 2013

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

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

Price In Advance (postmarked by 01/05 or online by 01/08): $25/person
Late Registration (OnLine by 01/10): $35/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $35/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Claudia Hill
    Claudia Hill, EA, MBA is a nationally recognized tax professional and frequent lecturer on taxation of individuals and representation before IRS. She is Editor in Chief of the CCH, Inc. Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure and expert treatise Tax Practice & Procedure. Claudia blogs for Forbes IRS Watch. Ms. Hill was named a Top Ten nominee for her work in tax policy by Tax Analysts as a 2011 Person of the Year and has testified before both the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways & Means Committee. In March 2005, she testified about the individual AMT before the President’s Tax Reform Panel. She is often called upon by the media for comment about tax issues.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012
2013: New Year, New Approaches, New Tools

Important: Please Note the New Location!

Can the individual investor build on what the very best investment professionals do? Do back testing and optimization really work – or are they just adult video games?? Do stock screening and analysis still play a role?? How do these interact with asset allocation and life cycle investment strategies?? How can these techniques and tools be applied to stocks, ETFs and mutual funds in a reasonable amount of time – without requiring a PhD?? This year’s seminar will showcase a number of different investment strategies and tools that answer these questions

Attend This Meeting to Learn:

- New computer-based strategies and techniques to add to your investment strategy portfolio.
- How you can apply these approaches to your portfolio using computer-based tools.

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

- Be exposed to multiple different approaches and tools during one seminar
- See how these tools, techniques can fit into the bigger investment picture

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, November 10, 2012

Location:
Hilton Santa Clara
4949 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone:408-330-0001

Registration/Social/Coffee or Tea(no Breakfast): 8:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 4:00 p.m.

Price In Advance (postmarked by 11/03 or online by 11/06): $60/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $70/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

Five Speakers:
  • Maz Jadallah Founder and CEO, AlphaClone
    Mr. Jadallah serves as Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer. Maz is a veteran financial and investment analyst having spent 12-years at Time Warner Inc (1997 to 2004) and OpenTV Inc (2004-2008) serving as an adviser to senior management. AlphaClone combines Maz's three passions, analysis, investing and technology. The firm was born out of Maz's work creating the dataset and technology required to perform the investment analysis which underpins AlphaClone's investment strategies today. Maz is a registered investment advisor representative and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Level 2 candidate. He holds an MBA with honors in Finance and Management from Rollins College and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.

  • Scott Juds President and CEO, SumGrowth Strategies, LLC
    Mr. Juds has over 30 years' experience in both hands-on and executive-level positions at companies including piTech Engineering, IDX Incorporated, MobilServ Technologies Corp. and EATON Corporation, Opcon Division. Scott is the named inventor on over 40 U.S. and foreign patents and is a published author of Photoelectric Sensors and Controls: Selection & Application. He holds a BSEE from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an MSEE from Stanford University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington

  • Al Zmyslowski Individual Investor, AAII Chapter Board member for Computerized Investing
    Mr. Zmysiowski is an individual investor, a long-time member of AAII and leads the chapter’s Computerized Investing group. 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.

  • Paul Charbonnet, Founding Partner, Investors FastTrack
    Mr. Charbonnet is well-known in the computerized investing community. FT4Web has been a leading investment software program for more than 20 years, and is used by thousands of professionals and individual subscribers. He created FastTrack in 1989 after his communications software was sold to 3Comm in 1988. FastTrack provides simple, easy to understand investing strategies, using quality, daily dividend-adjusted fund and stock data. Charbonnet’s degree is in biology, and his early work involved computerized simulation of living, growing natural systems. Investors FastTrack is located in Baton Rouge, La

  • Marc H. Gerstein, Independent Investment Analyst/Consultant
    Mr. Gerstein is an investment analyst and commentator and author of Screening the Market (Wiley, 2002) and The Value Connection (Wiley 2003) which specializes in rules-based equity investing strategies that go beyond the "hot" stocks one hears most about. His searches are far and wide for companies (whether widely publicized or little known) that demonstrate fundamental excellence. Marc has been using stock screeners since the mid-1990s, and has been actively backtesting since 2008, when he worked with Portfolio123.com and StockScreen123.com. Gerstein’s strategies incorporate all major investment styles (growth, value, quality and sentiment - he is non-judgmental as to how stocks demonstrate excellence; he just wants them do it).

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Saturday, October 13, 2012
2012 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, and 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 as well as caregivers unravel the mysteries and wonders of Medicare.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

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

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

- Know what the options are for "filling the gaps" in Medicare coverage, including retiree benefits and Medigap policies
- Be better able to decide on which parts of Medicare you or your loved-one should select
- Don’t miss the new enrollment periods

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Location:
Hilton Santa Clara
4949 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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

Price In Advance (postmarked by 10/06 or online by 10/09): $20/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Speaker: Connie Corrales HICAP Director, Council on Aging Silicon Valley
    Ms. Corrales directs the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) at Council on Aging Silicon Valley. HICAP is a state sponsored, volunteer-supported program that provides free counseling to people with Medicare about their benefits rights and options, and other health insurance-related questions. For the past fifteen 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.
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Saturday, September 08, 2012
Investing in REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts)

Adding REITs to your portfolio can increase returns and reduce volatility. REIT returns were about twice that of the S&P 500 stock index over the last 10 years. REIT returns have been higher than other major asset classes over the last 42 years. There are now hundreds of REITs and REIT mutual funds and ETFs. Two strategies for investing in REITs will be discussed.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

- The history, development and structure of the REIT industry
- Free research resources on REIT stocks, mutual funds and ETFs
- Simple and complex ways to invest in REITs

Reasons to Attend This Meeting:

- Review the long term outperformance of the REIT sector
- Learn specific attributes of major REIT subsectors
- Review the unique tax rules on REIT profits and dividends

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, September 8, 2012

Location:
Hilton Santa Clara
4949 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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

Price In Advance (postmarked by 9/04 or online by 9/04): $20/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Speaker: Don Stewart
    Don Stewart received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon where his finance professor was Nobel Prize winner Merton Miller. He earned his CPA during 6 years with Price Waterhouse. After working at Continental Telephone, ITT Europe, GE and Diversified Software, Don was co-founder and CFO of two Silicon Valley startups.
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Saturday, June 09, 2012
ALL-DAY Seminar:
AAII Silicon Valley Chapter Presents Four Speakers on Income Investing:
Smart Investing: Seeking Reward While Reducing Risk

Speaker: Charles Rotblut, CFA, Vice President and AAII Journal Editor American Association of Individual Investors

Maximizing the potential for reward is about identifying attractive investments and prudently managing your portfolio. Reducing risk is about limiting behavioral errors and avoiding investments with a greater likelihood of decreasing in price. AAII Journal Editor Charles Rotblut gives you actionable strategies for striking a prosperous balance between reward and risk.

Attend This Meeting to Learn:

  • Why rebalancing maintains the benefits of diversification and lowers portfolio risk
  • The importance of sell rules and maintaining an investment diary
  • How to analyze stocks and why dividends matter

Charles Rotblut is a vice president with the American Association of Individual Investors. He is the editor of the AAII Journal, co-created AAII Dividend Investing, helps to manage the Stock Superstars portfolio and authors the weekly AAII Investor Update newsletter. Charles’s commentary has been published on CNBC.com, Forbes.com and in SFO Magazine. His book, Better Good than Lucky: How Savvy Investors Create Fortune with the Risk-Reward Ratio, was published in November 2010.

A Chartered Financial Analyst, Rotblut has analyzed both publicly-traded and privately-held companies. His experience includes working for Zacks Investment Research, an investment research firm; INVESTools, an investment education company; Curian Capital, a money management firm; and McClure, Schumacher & Associates, a business valuation firm.

Charles is a frequent guest expert on The Wall Street Journal Radio Network and Canada’s Business News Network and quoted by Marketwatch.com, Reuters, SmartMoney and other financial websites, he has also appeared on Bloomberg Television, CNBC, and Fox Business.

Investing in Bonds - Potential Risks and Rewards

Speaker: Steve Younes, Fixed Income Market Director - Northern California, Charles Schwab

Concerned about the bond market and how it might impact your portfolio? Do you want to become a savvier bond investor? Learn about the structure of the bond market, sophisticated investing strategies and tools to help you build a sound portfolio.

Attend This Meeting to Learn:

  • About the bond market
  • Learn how bonds may fit into your income portfolio

Steve Younes is a market director of fixed income overseeing the Northern California region. He educates financial consultants, clients and prospective clients about fixed income investing and the unique resources available at Charles Schwab.

Younes has been at Schwab since February 1992 and has worked in the fixed income division for the past 17 years. He has been an active participant within the fixed income management team for the past 10 years, most recently as the director of sales for the California region, whose hub is located in Denver, Colorado.

Younes earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Arizona, with a focus in Political Science and Economics.

Niche for an Individual Investor – Low Risk Muni Bond Strategy

Speaker: Roddy Sloss, Individual Investor

An individual investor is usually at a disadvantage to a professional investor as measured by access to securities, information flow, and analysis. In the secondary California muni bond market, the individual investor has an advantage. The advantage translates into superior returns compared to mutual funds with similar criteria because the individual investor: 1. Can buy and hold, 2. Does not pay management fees. 3. Can perform original research using sources the institutional investor typically ignores.

Learn to build your own muni bond portfolio laddered with safe California municipal bonds maturing in 1-5 years with tax free yields averaging 4% without relying on investment ratings or the new issues market.

Attend This Meeting to Learn:

  • Different risk vs. return profile
  • Safe tax free short to medium term returns of 4%
  • Research muni bonds perform real-time credit analysis and monitoring.

Mr. Sloss was Vice President of Finance for Lattice Semiconductor before retiring in 2005. He holds BS in Business from the University of California and became a CPA in 1969. Early in his career was Financial Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers and later joined Kaufman & Broad as Director of Controls Evaluation & Audits. He followed this with CFO positions at Cordura and Daisy Systems. In 1990 Roddy joined Sigoloff & Associates as a Consultant and finished his working career at Lattice Semiconductor. Now days he lives in Los Altos Hills, works on the town finance committee.

Using a Variable Annuity to Generate Income

Speaker: Chris Castro, Regional Vice President, Jackson National Life

In his presentation Chris will discuss diversification of key threats while generating stable retirement income solutions to mitigate those threats. His presentation will focus on generating predictable sources of income from a portfolio for long periods of time. He will also discuss generational changes in our society and the resulting new challenges in how one prepares for retirement. Using annuities, he will cover some solutions investors should consider.

Attend This Meeting to Learn:

  • Different risk vs. return profile
  • Learn the value of insuring a portfolio
  • A different way to generate income

Chris Castro is a Regional Vice President at Jackson National Life. He has 16 years of industry experience, 8 of which have been spent at Jackson National. Mr. Castro completed his academic studies at Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, June 09, 2012

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

Registration/Social/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m.
Discussion and Q&A: 3:30-4:00pm

Price In Advance (postmarked by 6/02 or online by 6/05): $50/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $60/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Increasing Returns While Decreasing
Drawdowns Using Behavioral Finance

Successful equity investing is challenging enough without emotions and behavioral errors getting in our way. This presentation will review the behavioral mistakes conventional investors make and show you how to avoid those mistakes. We will discuss the benefits of a systematic approach to equity investing and how your portfolio can prosper in both bull and bear markets.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

- How typical human behavior impinges upon equity investment returns
- How removing emotions from the investment process results in making better investment decisions
- How to decrease portfolio drawdowns

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, May 19, 2012

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 5/12 or online by 5/15): $20/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Lee Levy
    Mr. Levy is an accomplished fund manager with over 18 years of professional investment and risk management experience. Prior to founding Canid Asset Management, Levy was head of trading, operations and risk management at a $400 million long/short value hedge fund and before that he was a senior trader at a $6 billion long/short growth hedge fund complex. Mr. Levy is a frequent speaker on behavioral finance and investing, lecturing and participating on panels at various venues including the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley.
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    • ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED
    • Slides and Handouts will be posted here after the meeting if available

Saturday, April 14, 2012 Options Fundamentals for Traders

Hear about how to develop a solid foundation in options trading terminology and strategies.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

- Options Terminology
- Options Strategies
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Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, April 14, 2012

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 4/7 or online by 4/10): $20/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Mark Eidem
    Mark Eidem is the Active Trader Market Manager for Charles Schwab in Northern California and Hawaii. He serves all of the Schwab offices from Santa Rosa and Napa in the north, south to Carmel Valley in addition to Honolulu. Mark became an investor in 1974, when he joined his college Investment Club at West Point. After graduation and serving several years in the Army, Mark returned to his Anchorage, Alaska home where he joined Merrill Lynch in 1985. In January of 2003, he left Merrill Lynch to become a professional trader, working for a New York-based firm with its main West Coast office in San Francisco. In early 2004, he moved from Anchorage to San Francisco and he joined Schwab in September 2004. Mark holds both the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certifications.
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    • Slides and Handouts will be posted here after the meeting if available

Saturday, March 10, 2012 European Sovereign Debt and Global Investing

How will the current debt crises of PIIGS countries (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) affect the global markets? Running with the crowd of investor sentiment is rarely a good investment strategy. And often the movement is counterintuitive, as when U.S. Treasuries were downgraded and there was a flight to safety in Treasuries. You need an easy and adaptable global investment philosophy that allows you to diversify your holding and still avoid big mistakes.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

- What the likely resolutions are for Europe’s sovereign debt troubles
- Which countries are liable to be helped or hurt going forward
- The best approach to investing in such an environment

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, March 10, 2012

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

  • David John Marotta
    David John Marotta is president of Marotta Wealth Management Inc. A graduate of Stanford University, he writes Marotta On Money, a weekly financial column and daily financial blog. Marotta has been published or quoted on financial matters in many major publications, including Forbes.com, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Miami Herald, Dow Jones Newswire, Dow Jones MarketWatch, Fidelity Wealth Management Perspectives, Investment Advisor Magazine, NAPFA Planning Perspectives, The Virginia Institute, The Jacksonville Business Journal, and The Charlottesville Business Journal.
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    • ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED
    • Slides and Handouts will be posted here after the meeting if available

Saturday, February 11, 2012 Process-Driven Investing Using ETF's
Tips and Tricks Every ETF Investor Should Know

While exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become popular in recent years, most investors do not have access to good research tools for analyzing this powerful set of securities. While you may be interested in adding an ETF program to your portfolio, you are likely unsure on how to proceed with your research. Chris Greene will review specifi c techniques for ETF investing. He will present a process for testing your ideas before you put your hard-earned money to work. Greene will also discuss advanced portfolio-management techniques that allow you to participate in uptrends while avoiding large drawdowns.

Building a portfolio, whether it is for growth, income or both, is no small task. We will discuss the most common pitfalls and problems facing exchange-traded fund (ETF) investors today, as well as potential solutions, proper execution of trades, and other often-overlooked considerations for investors oriented toward exchange-traded products.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

- How to organize the ETF universe into a logical framework
- How to understand diff erences between stock analysis and ETF analysis
- How back-testing can be your most potent research tool

- The importance of an investment policy statement (ISP)
- The 5 common mistakes made by ETF investors, individuals and institutions alike
- That not all exchange-traded products are created equal-some are more equal than others

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, February 11, 2012

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

Registration/Social/Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
Two-Speaker Program
Richard Farkas, 8:30 a.m.
F. Chris Greene, 9:40 a.m.
Panel Discussion and Q & A, 10:50 a.m.
Price In Advance (postmarked by 2/4 or online by 2/07): $20/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • F. Chris Greene, CFA
    Chris Greene, CFA, has a diverse fi nancial background spanning over 19 years. He has worked at Hambrecht & Quist, Wells Capital Management and BCI Capital Management. He co-founded ETFreplay. com in 2009 to bring institutional-grade portfolio management software functionality to the public. He and ETFreplay have been profi led and/or quoted in Barron’s, SmartMoney, Th e Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Stocks & Commodities magazine. He holds a B.A. in economics from Claremont McKenna College and became a CFA charterholder in 2003.
  • About Richard Farkas, CMT
    Richard Farkas, CMT, president of Strategic Global Investment Services, manages ETF portfolios for individuals and institutions. Based in Campbell, CA, Farkas is past president of the Market Technicians Association (MTA) San Francisco Chapter. Farkas is a member of the ETF Advisor Hall of Fame, recognized by Research Magazine in October 2008. He is a frequent writer for Worth Magazine, a KDOW radio guest and host, and a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Richard Farkas, CMT, president of Strategic Global Investment Services, manages ETF portfolios for individuals and institutions. Based in Campbell, CA, Farkas is past president of the Market Technicians Association (MTA) San Francisco Chapter. Farkas is a member of the ETF Advisor Hall of Fame, recognized by Research Magazine in October 2008. He is a frequent writer for Worth Magazine, a KDOW radio guest and host, and a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
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    • Slides and Handouts will be posted here after the meeting if available

Saturday, January 14, 2012 2011 FEDERAL TAX LAW & FORMS UPDATE

Don’t attempt to file your tax return without it! This seminar will give you a concise and practical review of significant new tax legislation changes, regulations, rulings, form changes, and other developments that impact your 2011 individual income taxes and your planning for 2012.

Attend This Meeting and Learn:

- New basis reporting rules create chaos when preparing Schedule D
- New requirements for rental property reporting on Schedule E
- What deductions were okay in 2010 that are not in 2011

Meeting Details:

Date:
Saturday, January 14, 2012

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 1/7 or online by 1/10): $20/person
Price At The Door (space permitting): $30/person
Non-Members Are Welcome
No Refunds

  • Claudia Hill, EA, MBA,
    Claudia Hill, is a nationally recognized tax professional and a 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 and a blogger for Forbes IRS Watch. Hill has testified before both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways & Means Committee. In March 2005, she testified about the individual alternative minimum tax before the president’s Tax Reform Panel. She is often called upon by the media for comment about tax issues.
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    • ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED
    • Slides and Handouts will be posted here after the meeting if available