January 28, 2012
Using Insider Trading Reports to Help with Stock Selection
CI SIG member and valued contributor almost since we started
All public US companies are required to report to the SEC the details of trades in their stock by "insiders" (senior executives,
directors and major stockholders). John Hockenberry believes the information in these reports, when combined with financial
metrics and other fundamental factors, can assist investors in deciding which stocks to buy or sell. Unfortunately
insider trading data compiled by third parties sometimes contains material errors or is summarized in ways that
impair its usefulness.
In this presentation John will explain the various kinds of insider trading (not all of which is illegal), the
prohibition on "short-swing" trading by insiders (which affects the kind of trading insiders can legally do), how
companies typically use stock to compensate senior management and how those practices affect insider trading, the
sources he uses for insider trading data, how to read actual insider trading reports (which are available on the
SEC's EDGAR database and on the web sites of many companies) and -- perhaps most importantly -- the guidelines
he has developed to identify the specific kinds of insider trading that he believes reflect positively or negatively
on a company's stock.
John Hockenberry entered college as an engineering student but ended up majoring in economics. After law school he
worked for a Wall Street law firm for seven years as a corporate finance, transactional and securities lawyer. He
joined The Washington Post Company in 1980 as the Associate General Counsel (the number two lawyer in the corporate
office) and retired from the Post in 2007. While at the Post he did business acquisitions and other major transactions
(including financings and the structuring of joint ventures and partnerships), advised on tax and employee benefit
plan matters, and was responsible for a significant portion of the Post's SEC compliance work.
February 25, 2012
Incorporating Political Economy into Investing
CFA, CFP, President, Insight Wealth Management, Inc.
Investors make the mistake often of basing their decision-making entirely on
quantitative measures, or evaluations of firms' management, while overlooking
macro political factors. Even though very important, these firm-specific
factors can be overwhelmed in both the short- and long-runs by national and
global political dimensions. Understanding political impacts can greatly
improve an investor's assessment of the risk inherent in investments.
Bob, a former US Foreign Service Officer and CIA Analyst, who has been studying and
applying political-economic analysis for over thirty years, will discuss how
investors can incorporate consideration of political economy into their
Bob is president and founder of Insight Wealth Management, Inc., in Gainesville, Virginia. He has over 20 years of experience
as an investment professional, financial analyst and educator, including working as an economic analyst at the
Central Intelligence Agency, in private practice and in local government. Bob is a past-President of the
CFA Society of Washington, DC and is currently the Eastern Region Presidents Council Representative for the CFA Institute.
Check out his website
In November 2011, "Medical Economics," the nation's leading business publication
for medical professionals, named Bob as one of the Best Financial Advisors for
Doctors in the U.S. The prestigious National Association of Personal Financial
Advisors (NAPFA) recently accepted him into their membership. He is also a
member of the CFA Institute, the Financial Planning Association, and the
National Association for Business Economics. Bob earned graduate degrees in
global political economy from The Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced
International Studies, and in financial economics from the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro.
In addition to his work with Insight Wealth Management, Bob teaches the Level
III CFA Exam review course for the CFA Society of Washington, DC, and the Level
III program for investment professionals at the World Bank. He has taught
investments at The Johns Hopkins University and numerous other institutions of
March 24, 2012
Picking Big Winner Stocks
Vas described the process by which he goes about picking big winner stocks. Topics covered include:
What is a big winner stock?
What are the characteristics of big winner stocks?
What are his 3 main big winner watchlists?
What to look for as big winner stocks set up before a major advance?
What to look for when deciding to pull the trigger?
How to determine a low risk stop loss exit.
Where to re-enter if you miss the initial low risk entry point.
How to decide where to take profits.
How to decide when a stock has gone too far needs to be exited completely.
How to enter big winner recent IPOs that often give very long term buy and hold entries.
This presentation emphasized technical analysis for finding low risk entry points. Very little fundamental
analysis were discussed. TC2000 Software (aka Telechart) was used for scanning and identifying big winners.
Following the presentation, one or two of the leading screens on AAII's web site were selected and dissected
in Stock Investor Pro screening software.
April 28, 2012
Three PowerTrends To Profit From in 2012
Chris Versace, Editor of The Themeatic Investor for Institutional Investors and PowerTrend Brief
PowerTrend Profits, Eagle Financial Publications
The presentation highlighted the eight proprietary PowerTrends Chris follows. A
PowerTrend is a shift that shapes and impacts consumer behavior, forcing
companies to make fundamental changes to their businesses in order to succeed.
Chris shared his insights on what's happening in today's markets. His commentary
focused on the PowerTrends he follows - helping us understand the markets
better while at the same time giving us some unique insights into areas of the
market that may not be familiar to us. He also highlighted at least three trends
to watch and profit from in 2012.
Chris Versace is a financial columnist and equity analyst with more than 18
years of experience in the investment industry. He has been ranked an All Star
Analyst by Zacks Investment Research and his efforts in analyzing industries,
companies and equity securities have been recognized by both Institutional
Investor and Thomson Reuters' StarMine Monitor.
He writes weekly for The Washington Times and is a frequent contributor
to the daily radio show "America's Morning News" and "America's Radio News". He
has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, The
Street, USA Today and other publications. In addition, he can be frequently seen
on television's "Fox Business" show.
Mr. Versace earned bachelor's degrees in economics and mathematics at Fairfield
University before earnings an master of business administration degree in
Finance at Fordham University.
For more info:
Weekly columns in (search for "Versace"), and
Chris Versace - Eagle Financial Publications
June 23, 2012
So Many Stocks - So Little Time: Shopping for Stocks to Study
Can you pick a handful of stocks from 10,000 without becoming an expert screener?
Absolutely! We discussed Lynn Ostrem's criteria, methods, and shortcuts for identifying
winning stocks and industries. I demonstrated clever combinations of her
favorite screening tools that winnow thousands of stocks into a manageable few.
We explored FINVIZ, utilized Navillier's Stock Grade and MSN Stock Scouter along
with some others that Lynn uses to complete her analysis: Big Charts, Smart
Money Comparisons, StockScreen123, TraderPilot, StockCharts.com & Ycharts.com
This presentation was original and was presented at InvestEd in Charlotte, NC on
Sunday, 6/10 by LYNN OSTREM Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Lynn Ostrem is an InvestEd instructor who formerly served the BetterInvesting
Minnesota and Central Iowa chapters by developing and teaching classes. She
founded three investment clubs, including the nationally known where she is the current president. Lynn has mentored over 100
club start-ups and has been instrumental in bringing investor education events
to her area. When she’s not preparing and teaching classes, Lynn operates a
consulting firm specializing in reducing costs for manufacturing facilities.
July 28, 2012
Date: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Payment Technology Companies - Who Will Survive & Thrive
Joe Magyer, Advisor to Motley Fool Inside Value newsletter
The fastest-changing industry in business is one you tap into every day but rarely think about: Payments. A seismic shift in
the ways we pay is forming because of the rise of smartphones and ecommerce. Everyone from Apple to Visa wants their hands in
the pie, but only a few companies will cash in when all is said and done. Join Joe Magyer as he shares his take on where
payments are headed, which technologies are contenders and pretenders, and which companies will thrive and die.
Joe Magyer is a graduate of UGA & Georgia State and has been with Motley Fool since September, 2002. He is a self declared
Value Investor, public speaker and favorite on the Motley Fool Radio Show. He grew up in Atlanta, GA, and now resides in
Washington, D. C.
CNN Interview - June, 2011
August 25, 2012
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Options, Basics & Valuation: Part 1 of 2
Bob Pugh, CFA, CFP®,President, Insight Wealth Management, Inc.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Options, Strategies: Part 2 of 2
Bob Pugh, CFA, CFP®, President, Insight Wealth Management, Inc.
In the first session, Bob will focus on basics and valuation of options with maybe a little
coverage of Strategies. The second session will concentrate mostly on options
strategies. Tho you may want to focus on strategies, it will pay you to attend the first
session on valuations in order to better understand the logic of the strategies presented.
Bob will be using CFA curriculum and CFA Exam Review Materials throughout.
Bob Pugh, CFA, CFP® is President and Founder of Insight Wealth Management, Inc.,
an independent investment management and financial planning firm in Gainesville,
Virginia. He has nearly 25 years of experience as an investment professional, financial
analyst and educator. Bob is a past-President of the CFA Society of Washington, DC
and the immediate past-Eastern Region Presidents Council Representative with the
CFA Institute. Visit his
In November 2011, Medical Economics
, the nation's leading business publication for
medical professionals, named Bob as one of the Best Financial Advisors for Doctors in
the U.S. The prestigious National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)
recently accepted him into their membership. He is also a member of the CFA Institute,
the Financial Planning Association, and the National Association for Business
Economics. Bob earned graduate degrees in global political economy from The Johns
Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and in financial
economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
In addition to his work with Insight Wealth Management, Bob teaches the Level III CFA
Exam review course for the CFA Society of Washington, DC, and the Level III program
for investment professionals at the World Bank. He has taught investments at The
Johns Hopkins University and numerous other institutions of higher learning.
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