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August Conference Stimulates and Challenges
Attendee Says InvestEd Ahead of Investor Education Curve
Baltimore, Maryland, August 6-8, 2010
InvestEd Room Block Discount Ends July 13
InvestEd Monthly Newsletter
C.V. Chung of Washington appreciates the yearly prospect to grow his investment skills at InvestEd. C.V. says, "The conference organizers anticipate topics to advance learning ahead of the curve, rather than repeating the same subjects year after year. I can comfortably stretch my mind to keep up with the new material because the dynamic mix builds on topics from previous years, and offers new subjects."
Quality and Creativity
C.V. values the expertise and availability of instructors, and has confidence in the outstanding education he receives. He finds everyone feels certain they will receive personal attention no matter what their skill level or experience. Newbies, beginners, intermediate and advanced investors, as well as investing leaders, will uncover their niche in the comprehensive session schedule. Understanding options is high on C.V.’s agenda this year.
Bob Adams is one of C.V.’s favorite instructors, and he attends Bob’s sessions year after year. He appreciates that Bob updates the research websites he recommends, revises the spreadsheets he creates, and continuously shares fresh stock analysis insights. Moreover, C.V. learns concepts he may have missed during Bob’s past sessions. Bob will teach How I Analyze a Company, Putting the Pieces Together and Analyze Annual Reports the Easy Way during the general education sessions, and How to Create a Class during the state-of-the-art Leadership Training program on Friday afternoon, August 6.
Mixing with fellow investors, instructors, corporate sponsors and volunteers is a major reason C.V. attends InvestEd. Everyone is approachable in the Computer Lab, fun-filled Cyber Cafe and elsewhere throughout the conference. Last year he received assistance finding municipal bond quotations on the Internet, reviewing his personal investments, and interpreting his own stock analysis data. He keeps in touch with instructors and attendees via email throughout the year.
Limited Registration and Discounted Rooms Available
InvestEd 2010 convenes on Friday, August 6, and runs through Sunday, August 8, at the Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. InvestEd attendees receive a discounted room rate until July 13. A single or double rate in the InvestEd room block is $119 (plus tax) subject to availability.
Registration is $409, and includes five meals: breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday plus dinner on Saturday. All attendees receive a DVD containing the conference handouts and supplemental materials. No-cost wireless Internet is available in the conference area. By all means, bring your laptop. Keep your fingers crossed you will be the winner of a brand new laptop.
Earn extra savings with the $25 Rebate Referral Incentive. StockCentral members receive a $10 registration discount. Full-time students, with a valid school identification card, pay only $359. C. V. says, "The costs and the fees are reasonable. I bring my family with me to see InvestEd sites in diverse areas around the country, and I treat InvestEd as a work-vacation event."
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is one of America's oldest seaports and one of the world's newest vacation destinations. For over 300 years, the Baltimore harbor has been welcoming people from all over the world. Plan to vacation, before or after the conference, in historic and beautiful Baltimore and environs. Check the list of 50 Free Things to Do in Baltimore.
Connect with a community of hospitable like-minded investors, expand your investing knowledge, and unearth new stock study candidates. Register now to ensure your participation, and encourage friends to join you for a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
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Using Analysts' Estimates in Toolkit 6
One of the most popular features in Toolkit 6 is the ability to plot analysts' EPS estimates for future years directly on the Stock Study graph. These points can then help you refine your own EPS growth rate expectations for the company you’re analyzing.
In order to use this feature, you must manually enter the analyst data into the Toolkit 6 program for the stock you're studying. (Down the road, we hope to be able to deliver this data in the StockCentral data feed). Open a company from your library, or start a study of a new stock, and then click the graph to open the Visual Analysis window.
At the top of the graph, click the "EPS Estimates" link on the toolbar. This is where you can enter future fiscal year estimates for the company, along with a note about the source of the data. Once you enter the information, blue dots appear along the EPS series for the years you've entered data.
Acquiring the data can be done by accessing a number of websites. (The Nasdaq.com website offers up to five years of future fiscal year EPS estimates and is especially recommended). Below is a sample list of websites offering earnings estimates and growth rates — check them out and decide for yourself which are easiest to decipher and access. (These links use Almost Family Inc., AFAM, as an example company.)
- CNN Money, two years of EPS estimates, provided by FactSet Research Systems.
- MSN Money, two years of EPS estimates in the "Earnings Estimates" section and a five-year growth rate in the "Earnings Growth Rates" section, provided by Zacks.
- Nasdaq.com, up to five years of EPS estimates in the "Forecast" section, and near- and long-term growth rates in the "Earnings Growth" section of Stock Analysis: Analyst Research, provided by Thomson Financial.
- Reuters, two years of EPS estimates and a five-year growth rate, provided by Thomson Financial.
- Yahoo Finance, two years of EPS estimates and a five-year growth rate, provided by Thomson Financial.
- Zacks, two years of EPS estimates and a five-year growth rate
Using EPS estimates in your Toolkit 6 Stock Study can help you make better decisions regarding future expected growth of the companies that you study, so be sure to take advantage of this new tool in the program.
StockCentral Welcomes New Community Leader Amy Rauch-Neilson
StockCentral.com, ICLUBcentral's community investing portal, has quietly been expanding, adding new features to its wide array of stock investing tools.
Most recently, the very talented Amy Rauch-Neilson has been named StockCentral's Community Leader. Amy's mission is to assist StockCentral users in everything from the resolution of technical problems to answering general questions. You can welcome Amy and read more about her position in the Town Crier forum.
Amy is also aiming to create new forums for hot topics and ongoing discussions. Already, the ticker-based forums have been revamped with new message boards added for companies such as Darden Restaurants, Bio-Reference Laboratories, and Fuel Systems Solutions, and several inactive forums have been removed. And a new forum called The Exchange has been added to the Investing Forums for discussions of general financial topics.
Of course, Amy will continue to write the weekly "Join the Club" column for StockCentral and the ICLUB Insider. All of us at ICLUBcentral and StockCentral are looking forward to all that Amy can bring to the site in her expanded role!
Support Youth Education — Vote for Building Wealth!
BetterInvesting's Building Wealth Program, which brings financial literacy and investment education into high schools, is in the running for a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant. If awarded, the funds will be used to provide training for additional teachers, as well as offer the Building Wealth curriculum to the students of these dedicated educators. Vote at http://pep.si/BetterInvesting.
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