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June 30, 2011 -

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Prepare SSGs with Take Stock

The Take Stock tool at StockCentral is one of the easiest ways to analyze a stock — just enter a ticker symbol and the program does the rest! In the default judgment mode, the program uses strict guidelines to evaluate the strength and consistency of a company's past growth and then applies conservative rules to forecast future growth and range of prices. Few companies pass Take Stock's unbending criteria and are judged to be reasonable candidates for your portfolio. Take Stock is designed to use this "better safe than sorry" approach to protect neophyte stock investors from investing in companies with poor historical fundamentals, no matter what the reason for that underperformance.

To gain a better understanding of all the decision points that go into completing a stock study in Take Stock, investors can use the Wizard. The Wizard allows you to override the various judgment values employed in completing a study, useful if you have an understanding of how a company's future fundamentals may differ from recent historical results. Advanced investors can also use the Edit Judgment feature to review and override the default judgment decisions made by Take Stock.

We have just updated the Take Stock program with a feature that will allow users to generate a completed Stock Selection Guide (SSG) from Take Stock, as well as the original Technamental Stock Study Worksheet (TSSW) form. The SSG form will use the default or edited judgment values to complete the stock study, as selected by the user.

Users may also save their completed Take Stock studies to a portfolio on the site, then keep up to date on changes in the Growth, Mood, or Price Range of their companies.

Visit Take Stock at StockCentral to demo or use the tool to analyze your favorite company, instantly!

How Clubs Can See Eye to Eye
Without Being Face to Face

by Doug Gerlach,
President, ICLUBcentral Inc.

At the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, AT&T's Bell Labs captured the popular imagination with the Picturephone, the first major videophone product and service that allowed two-way communication with real-time moving images appearing on both ends of the telephone line. The Picturephone never caught on commercially, and in fact the videophone probably never reached any greater popularity than it did in its incarnation as the VisaPhone in the cartoon household of the Jetson family.

Today, the idea of a dedicated videophone device has been practically abandoned. For corporate offices, there are plenty of (pricey) videoconferencing tools and services that enable boardrooms of executives to share their smiling mugs. Though some mobile phones incorporate video calling, individual users are more likely to turn to their computers using free or low-cost programs such as Google Chat or Skype.

That isn't to say that video-augmented communications has gone away entirely — it's just that there's been a growing recognition that it isn't as important to see the person on the line as it is to be able to share computer content in real time with members of a group. If you can show a slideshow presentation, edit a document dynamically or demonstrate how to use a website or software program, then you can really enlighten those on the receiving end.

As a result, collaborative online meeting tools have really matured in recent years. This development has made it easy for groups — including investment clubs — to simultaneously view the same computer screen, both for small groups that may work interactively on a project or in webinar presentations to large groups from a single presenter.

There are a number of free and low-cost tools that may be of interest to investment clubs that can help with alternative methods of conducting meetings over long distances.

Read more....

New Investor Advisory Service Website Launched

Our Investor Advisory Service newsletter has long been considered one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to top-performing stock market publications. Named for the past two years to the Hulbert Financial Digest's Investment Newsletter Honor Roll for outstanding performance over the long term, the IAS has been known to only a select relatively few subscribers.

As part of our efforts to reach many more subscribers with our commonsense stock investing approach, we have created a brand new website for IAS with a new, easy-to-remember address:

As of the July 2011 edition, subscribers can log in and view the current issue and archives on the site. Of particular note to current subscribers is a new feature that has been much requested over the years: Search! The Search feature will assist you in finding references to particular companies in the IAS archives.

Read more....

BINC 2011 Spring Special Ends June 30

Come join like-minded investors for the 2011 BetterInvesting National Convention, Sept. 15-18 at the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter, adjacent to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, Ky.

And if you act today, you can register at a special rate. But hurry — this offer ends June 30! See the end of this article for more details.

PRINCIPLES – BetterInvesting is a nonprofit organization that was created 60 years ago to teach individuals what works in investing. The time-tested principles are still used every day by thousands of successful members.

MISSION – Classes at BINC are taught by BetterInvesting volunteers and staff plus guest instructors. Funds raised from BINC go to help local chapters provide a program of sound investment information, education, and support that helps create successful lifetime investors

EDUCATION - BINC brings together the finest educators from across the country to expand your knowledge of investing and teach BetterInvesting principles. The convention includes a wide variety of classes and panel discussions for all levels of investors. The sessions include a Beginner Series, a training session for our volunteers that will be open to all paid attendees, technology-oriented seminars and a computer lab where you can watch software demonstrations.

FELLOWSHIP - BINC is also a place to join other like-minded people and share investment ideas in a supportive, friendly environment. BINC offers you the opportunity to meet investors who are always willing to share their knowledge and help others. You won’t find a more open group of people who are so generous with their time and experience. So much learning, sharing of ideas and fellowship in one place makes it a great event to attend.

VALUE - Your low-cost registration includes two and a half days of outstanding investing education with over 60 classes to choose from, including more than 20 brand new ones. Your registration fee also includes a welcome party on Thursday, three breakfasts, two lunches, well-known guest speakers, corporate presentations, a corporate booth expo, town hall meetings with BetterInvesting's CEO and the Saturday night awards dinner.

The BetterInvesting Volunteer Advisory Board is pleased to offer a Spring Registration Special for this wonderful educational opportunity, but you'll need to act quickly. This special pricing ends June 30th, 2011. For a low-cost registration of only $400.00 for members and $300 for chapter volunteers, you can enjoy this exceptional event. For non-members, the registration is $480.00, which includes a one-year membership to BetterInvesting. For more information, please visit our website at

FUN - BINC promises to be a fun and exciting event that includes the welcome party and the Saturday night awards dinner.

The Cincinnati area offers many wonderful attractions including amusement parks, world-renowned museums, historic sites, zoos, aquariums, performing arts theaters, and chartered riverboat cruises along the Ohio River.

A wide variety of distinctive restaurants and bars are near the convention’s location. For example, there's the Main Strasse Village, a historic 19th-century German neighborhood; and Newport on the Levee, on the Northern Kentucky riverfront, which offers an exceptional view of the Cincinnati skyline. Both areas offer a variety of excellent fine and casual dining restaurants, antiques shops, galleries, pubs, and live music (including jazz and authentic Dixieland), which makes for an ideal location to get out and have some fun.

The Southbank Shuttle is a tourist favorite that loops through the entertainment districts of Newport, downtown Cincinnati, and Covington for $1 each way.

You won’t be disappointed if you join the BetterInvesting community in celebrating 60 years of successful investment education. BINC will be the place to be Sept. 15-18, 2011, for investment learning and fellowship. Plan to register today! Please visit for additional information and registration details.

What does BINC have to offer you? Come to BINC and find out for yourself.

June 30, 2011


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Events Calendar:
First Tuesday of each Month: Toolkit 6 User Group led by Doug Gerlach, ICLUBcentral Inc.

Third Tuesday of each Month: New Investment Club Orientation led by Doug Gerlach, ICLUBcentral Inc.

Doug Gerlach will also be speaking at the following events:

July 5, 2011: Toolkit 6 User Group Webinar; Generating Revenue-Based EPS Estimates in Toolkit 6
Doug Gerlach, Speaker

July 12, 2011: Retail Investors Conferences; Doug Gerlach, Speaker

July 19, 2011: Investment Club Operations Webinar; Anyone Can Be a Club Treasurer! How to Manage the Club's Books in under One Hour a Month
Doug Gerlach, Speaker

Aug. 2, 2011: Toolkit 6 User Group Webinar; Doug Gerlach, Speaker

Aug. 4, 2011: Retail Investors Conferences; Importing, Exporting, and E-mailing Stock Studies
Doug Gerlach, Speaker

Aug. 16, 2011: Investment Club Operations Webinar; What's on Your Club's Watch List?
Doug Gerlach, Speaker

Sept. 15-18, 2011: BetterInvesting National Convention; Cincinnati, Ohio
Doug Gerlach, Speaker
ICLUBcentral, Exhibiting

Nov. 4-5, 2011: Puget Sound BetterInvesting Chapter Education Conference; Mercer Island, WA
Doug Gerlach, Speaker

Nov. 10-12, 2011: AAII Investor Conference; Las Vegas, Nevada
Doug Gerlach, Speaker
ICLUBcentral, Exhibiting

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