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How Can Investors Grow Their Wealth in This Volatile Stock Market? Part 1 of 3

Preventing the Hacking of Your Email

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Wichita, KS   June 7-9, 2013

Hyatt Regency Wichita

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Attend InvestEd 2013 and improve your investing skills in historic Wichita, Kansas, on June 7 through 9, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita hotel. Meet aspiring and experienced investors, and build your prospects for financial security.

Curriculum and Instructors

View the InvestEd 2013 conference curriculum that includes 20 new sessions in the two and one-half days of investor education. Attend the General Program or choose to attend the Newbie Program. All registered attendees are welcome to participate in the Bonus Sessions on Friday. No additional costs apply.

Learn more about your InvestEd conference instructors:

  • Bob Adams
  • Don Cassidy
  • Mary Ann Davis
  • Doug Gerlach
  • Daniel Rivera
  • Saul Seinberg
  • John Tonsager
  • Pam Wilkes
  • Bart Womack
  • Brian Altschul
  • Joe Craig
  • John Diercks
  • Jerry Pillans
  • Louise Sechler
  • Brad Taylor
  • Brian White
  • Randy Wilkes

InvestEd 2013 Program Features

The conference includes your choice of stimulating educational sessions and a CD of session handouts with instructors' supplementary educational materials. Informative corporate presentations by quality companies supply ideas and comprehensive information. Five meals, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday and Saturday dinner, are included in your registration.

Holiday Discount Registration Rate Expires December 31, 2012

The InvestEd holiday registration discount is an ideal opportunity to give a gift of perpetuating value to friends, family, and yourself.

The holiday rate of $369 expires December 31, 2012. Full-time students with a valid school identification card pay $359. Register now and save!

$25 Rebate Referral Incentive

To receive a $25 referral rebate, attend InvestEd 2013 and bring a friend or family member who did not attend InvestEd 2012. After the 2013 conference, you will receive a $25 rebate for each person you refer. Both you and your referred person(s) must register and attend InvestEd 2013, and referrals must provide your name when registering.

Hotel Information

The guest room rate in the InvestEd block at the Hyatt Regency Wichita is a reasonable $99 plus tax per night. Make your hotel reservations today.

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Join us for InvestEd 2013 in Wichita where we will build better futures together.



InvestEd Inc. Free FINVIZ Webinars Coming Up in 2013

Instructor: Saul Seinberg

Fourth Sunday of the Month

8:00 PM-9:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM-6:00 PM PT

January - Raising Your Financial Awareness with FINVIZ Maps

February - Through the Looking Glass: Screening in FINVIZ

March - Enriching the FINVIZ Experience with Tables, Portfolios, and Spreadsheets

A description of the webinar content and registration information for these webinars will be available in the January, February, and March newsletters.

How Can Investors Grow Their Wealth in This Volatile Stock Market? Part 1 of 3

Dan Hess

Today, with fixed interest rates at historic lows and the stock market seemingly jumping up and down at most every media report from Europe, China, or Washington, we face high stock market volatility and uncertainty. At the same time, investor gurus like Bogle, Buffett, and Gross all are predicting future stock market returns well below historic levels. Where can an investor turn to obtain investments that will provide reasonable returns and grow personal wealth? I will offer an answer in part 3 of this article, but first, let's take a look at history to see how we got here and to gain some perspective about what may lie ahead.

Secular Bull Market of 1982 to 2000

Many of us fondly recall the great bull stock market of 1982 to 2000. In such a period, investing was much simpler, and one could simply buy good companies and employ a buy and hold strategy. This is called a Secular Bull Market. In such a market, we may see some short term bumps, such as in 1987, but in the end, the stock market prices are much higher at the conclusion of the time period than at the beginning.

What were the major events that caused this bull market to occur? While we may identify many, I view the following to have been major catalysts.

1.    End of the Cold War: This enabled a significant reduction in defense spending that in turn provided funds that could be applied to private industry to grow capital and the economy.

2.    High level of consumer confidence: Consumers were confident of the future and, therefore, increased their spending as a percentage of household incomes. Increased use of credit cards, a home used as an ATM, and rapidly growing 401K-type accounts provided confidence to increase spending. This boosted the gross domestic product (GDP) to higher levels.

3.    Technology Revolution: This period benefited from numerous new technologies that allowed a significant increase in worker productivity and thus company revenue and profits, as well as growing wages and, in turn, GDP. Some of these were the introduction of large scale integration (LSI), PCs on every desk and in most homes, worldwide communications allowing for instantaneous information worldwide, widespread use of computer programming that provided the increased efficiency of computers to numerous industries, and of course, the Internet.

In short, during this period we had significant drivers to grow the economy, as well as the stock market. This was a great period for stock market investors.


Part 2 of this article, which will appear in the January 2013 InvestEd newsletter, will highlight the Secular Bear Market of 2000 to date.




Part 3 of this article, which will appear in the February 2013 InvestEd newsletter, will focus on investing in high quality companies that pay growing dividends.

Dan is an InvestEd author and an individual investor residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been utilizing fundamental investing, as learned from the teachings of George Nicholson, for many years and more recently has combined this with technical analysis. His career was spent with a large multinational firm in both product development and business management that provided an insight into the economies of Asia and Europe, as well as those of the United States.

Preventing the Hacking of Your Email

Sandy Gallemore


On occasion, I receive an email from a friend with a subject that does not seem to fit the relationship I have with the sender. Upon opening the email and taking a closer look, I find that, indeed, the email did not come from my friend. What happened? Obviously, the sender's email address book was hacked.

Such an unwelcome occurrence causes major headaches for the unwitting sender of the email and many hours of work to enable a fix. How can we avoid this happening to us? How can we prevent our address book from being hacked? In an article in the July 15, 2012, issue of Bottom Line Personal, Dr. Karen McDowell, an information security analyst at The University of Virginia, helps us understand how to protect our computer from attempted invasions.

Of course, the number one preventive technique is to use an up-to-date antivirus and malware-removal program. Dr. McDowell suggests Norton Antivirus, McAfee AntiVirus Plus, or Microsoft Security Essentials for PCs and Sophos Anti-Virus for Macs. Other computer gurus suggest free programs such as AVG and Avast.

An often-made suggestion to help avoid hacking problems is to change your email account password frequently. For those using Gmail, you can do this by looking in the Settings and then going to the Accounts and Import tab. You will see a variety of categories, including the option to change your password. Other email programs have similar options for changing email passwords.

Additional commonly recommended measures to prevent an attempted invasion of your email address list: (1) select a password that would be hard to guess, such as one that is long and includes letters (both lower and upper case), numbers, and symbols; (2) make certain you activate your computer's firewall; (3) avoid clicking on links in emails when you are not certain the message came from the person sending it; (4) avoid accessing your email account when using a public computer.

Search the web and you will find many tips and suggestions for preventing your email from being hacked that add to and complement those in this article.

Sandy is a director, secretary, and lead editor for InvestEd Inc.

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