CI CIS Archive - 2012

January 28, 2012
Subject: Using Insider Trading Reports to Help with Stock Selection
Speaker: John Hockenberry
                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
Subject: Incorporating Political Economy into Investing
Speaker: Bob Pugh
                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 analytical processes.

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 www.insightwealth.com

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.

March 24, 2012
Subject: Picking Big Winner Stocks
Speaker: Vas Madhava

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

    Subject: Three PowerTrends To Profit From in 2012
    Speaker: Chris Versace, Editor of The Themeatic Investor for Institutional Investors and PowerTrend Brief, and 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 The Washington Times (search for "Versace"), and
    Chris Versace Home Page - Eagle Financial Publications

    May 26, 2012
    No Meeting
    June 23, 2012
    Subject: So Many Stocks - So Little Time: Shopping for Stocks to Study
    Speaker: Bob Bigrigg

    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 Crow River Investment
    Club
    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

    Subject: Payment Technology Companies - Who Will Survive & Thrive
    Speaker: 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.

    See: Published Articles and CNN Interview - June, 2011

    August 25, 2012
    Date: Saturday, August 25, 2012

    Subject: Options, Basics & Valuation: Part 1 of 2
    Speaker: Bob Pugh, CFA, CFP®,President, Insight Wealth Management, Inc.

    September 2012
    Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012

    Subject: Options, Strategies: Part 2 of 2
    Speaker: 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 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 higher learning.
    October 2012
    To be Announced
    November 2012
    To be Announced
    December 2010
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