Aloha mai…Yang shok…Titambirei…Velkomin…WELCOME!

This is how folks from Hawaii, Tibet, Zimbabwe, and Iceland say welcome but no matter where you’re from, I want to extend a warm welcome to my current blog followers and to all of you newcomers to the new home of the Stock Market Cook Book. I’m very proud of it and am very excited about showing y’all around the new digs, but before I begin the tour I first need to thank Programmer Pat for designing and creating this entire site from scratch. The would simply not exist if it wasn’t for his considerable skill and expertise in putting it together. On top of that, he is also responsible for creating the SMC Analyzer which I’ll discuss shortly. Words cannot adequately express how deeply grateful I am for all of his efforts. Thank you, Pat!

Okay. Now we can begin the tour. Uh, don’t forget to wipe your feet on the welcome mat!

The Home Page
The main page is divided into three sections. On the right side of the page you’ll see a panel showing the current state of the market. Run your cursor over the Dow, Nasdaq, or S&P 500 headers and you’ll see the corresponding intra-day chart. Below the chart is a ticker of the thirty Dow Industrial stocks (we’ll see how long GM lasts on that list) followed by the top financial headlines. (Click on any headline to show the complete story.) Note that all of the above resources are updated every five minutes. Beneath the headlines box are a list of resources and blog archives.

The center of the page is the blog itself. To see more blog entries or if you want to leave a comment, click on the “Leave a comment or view previous posts” link at the bottom and you’ll be redirected to the blog section.

The left side of the page is where you’ll find a list of our products which include investment strategies or “recipes,” and a portfolio analyzer. As much as Dr. Kris loves researching her articles and sharing her financial knowledge, she’s also interested in getting compensated for her hard work. The good news is that she’s sprucing up her recipes and adding more content to them—hey, for the price of a couple of frappucinos, you can have your own Calendar Call Cake and eat it, too! For now, only four out of the seventeen listed recipes are available but more will be rolled-out shortly.

The other product is the one I’m most excited about—the SMC Analyzer. We’ll be talking more about it over the next couple of weeks. Briefly, it’s a powerful tool that combines market timing with modern portfolio theory—something that I don’t think has ever been done before, and believe me, it wasn’t an easy task! What the analyzer tells you is how much of your portfolio you should allocate to specific asset classes to attain your desired level of return. The beauty of this system is that you only need to rebalance your portfolio once a month at most. This system is far superior to the old buy-and-hold strategy as substantially greater returns can be realized while assuming the same risk. The Analyzer is a tool for investors, not day-traders. It’s particularly useful in managing retirement accounts. Professional money managers will also find this to be an indispensable tool in portfolio balancing.

The SMC Analyzer is a powerful product, but not everyone will find a need to utilize all of the features. With that in mind, we created two versions: a professional version that includes all of the bells and whistles, and a pared down personal version that is easier to use while still giving accurate results. For a more detailed description, click on the Features Tour or click on the Analyzer Demo and check it out for yourself.

Well, that’s it for now. Hope you enjoy the new site. It’s still a work in progress and if you have any technical problems, questions, or comments, we’d appreciate your feedback. You can write us at either of the following addresses:

Tomorrow we return to our regularly scheduled programming. Stay tuned!

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