Frequently Asked Questions

What is Apple-Stock-News.com?

Q. What does Apple-Stock-News.com provide?
A. Our goal is to provide Apple (AAPL) shareholders with the best information possible with up-to-date news and AAPL stock forecasts based on an advanced self-learning algorithmic market prediction system.

Q. What is the advanced self-learning algorithmic market prediction system?
A. Co-Founder Dr. Lipa Roitman, a scientist with over 20 years of experience created the market prediction system. The algorithm is based on artificial intelligence, machine learning and incorporates elements of artificial neural networks as well as genetic algorithms to model and predict the flow of money between 1,400 markets from 3-days to a year: stocks, ETF’s, world indices, gold, currencies, interest rates, and commodities. 

The algorithm outputs a predicted trend as a number, which in turn, is used by traders to identify when to enter and exit the market. There are multiple strategies that can be utilized with algorithmic forecasts that will help mitigate risk and enhance returns. All of which are recommended to be coupled with traditional forms of analysis. Forecasts can be customized to fit certain criteria such as being large cap, have a dividend, low volatility or a specific industry that best suits any investment strategy required.

Q. How many assets does the algorithm track and make predictions for?
A. Currently, the algorithm makes predictions for over 1,400 assets including Apple (AAPL).

How do you read the Market Forecast and Forecast Performance charts?

Q. What is the forecast date?
A. The forecast date is the date the algorithm released this set of predictions.

Q. What is the time horizon?
A. The time horizon is the suggested period of time to hold the suggested stocks. When we calculate the forecast performance, we do so from the forecast date through the end of the time horizon.

Q. What is the Heat Map on the left side of the Market Forecast/Performance screen?
A. The left-hand side of the Market Forecast/Performance screen is the algorithm’s stock predictions for the given time horizon. The algorithm sorts through two hundred of the most predictable stocks and sorts them by the predicted strength of their movement (signal); those on top are forecasted to rise the most and those on the bottom are predicted to fall the most.

Q. What do the colors indicate?
A. The green boxes signify long predictions and the red boxes signify short predictions. The bright shades denote the strongest predictions.

Q. What is the heatmap?
A. The heatmap is the agglomeration of all the colors of the stock predictions. An overwhelmingly green heatmap suggests the market will generally go up and an overwhelmingly red heatmap suggest that the market will generally go down.

Q. What is the Apple (AAPL) stock forecast?
A. The Apple (AAPL) stock forecast is a daily algorithmic prediction given with a S&P 500 forecast.

Q. What is the S&P 500 stock prediction and why do you include it?
A. The S&P 500 is the major US index and is the general indicators for the direction of the US stock market including Apple (AAPL). If the algorithm predicts that the S&P 500 will go up, then it is a good sign that the stock market will generally increase and helps in decision making.

Q. What are the symbols/numbers in each stock prediction?
A. The top-left symbol is the stock ticker for each forecasted stock.
A. The middle-right number is the signal. The signal expresses the direction and magnitude the algorithm believes an asset will move. A positive signal denotes a long prediction and a negative signal denotes a short prediction. A strong signal indicates that algorithm believes that the stock will move by a large magnitude. A strong symbol varies by the market being analyzed — the stock market has relatively large signals because it is volatile while the currency market has relatively small signals because it’s movements are less pronounced.

When analyzing an asset’s signal it is important to compare its present signal relative to those of other assets in its asset class as well as to its own historical signals. The absolute number of the signal is relevant only in these three contexts:
1. In comparison to the other stocks in the table, and
2. In comparison to the previous signals for the same stock. (See the graphs in the published articles).
3. In relation to the stock price at which each previous signal was issued.

A. The bottom-left number is the predictability. The predictability is the confidence of the algorithm’s prediction, a relative indicator of how likely the stock will move in the predicted direction. The predictability is the historical correlation between the algorithmic prediction and the actual market movement for each particular asset. As with signals, predictabilities are relative, therefore, its important to compare an asset’s present predictability to its historical predictabilities.
Each cell has the values for the signal and the predictability. If the cell has only one, or no values, it means they are zero, or close to zero.

Q. What is the table to the right of the Heat Map?
A. The right-hand side of the Market Forecast/Performance screen is the summary of the performance of the algorithm’s forecasts during the given time horizon.

Q. What are the arrows (green “up-arrow”/red “down-arrow)?
A. The green “up-arrow” denotes a recommended long position and the red “down-arrow” denotes a recommended short position.

Q. What are the percentages to the right of the arrows?
A. These are the percent changes in the stocks from the time they were forecast through the end of the time horizon. The percentage changes are positive if the stock increases and negative if the stock decreases.

Q. What is the accuracy (checks and x marks)?
A. If the algorithm correctly predicts the direction of a stock’s movement, a check mark is placed next to the stock’s return and if the algorithm is incorrect in its prediction, an x mark is placed next to the stock’s return.

Q. Why is there occasionally a check mark next to a negative percentage?
A. When the algorithm suggests shorting a stock (red “down-arrow”) and the stock decreases in value (negative percentage), the algorithm was correct in its prediction.

Q. What is the return?
A. The return is the percentage movement of each stock multiplied by 1 if the algorithm suggested a long position or multiplied by negative 1 if the algorithm suggested a short position. In other words if the algorithm correctly predicts the direction of the stock, the return is the positive percentage change of the stock, and if the algorithm incorrectly predicts the direction of the stock, the return is the negative percentage change of the stock.

How should I invest with the Algorithm?

Q. How should I use the predictabilities and signals?
A. It is recommended that investors consider both the signal strength and predictability, as a highly predictable stock that barely moves and an unpredictable stock that is projected to move drastically both make unattractive investments.

Q. Which time horizons should I follow?
A. The longer-term forecasts (1-month and 3-month) tend to have higher predictabilities as the algorithm can more easily spot long-term trends. We suggest following these two time horizons the most closely, but the more reactionary shorter term horizons are helpful in understanding the short-term volatility of the market. Perhaps if you see that a stock with a strong, positive 3-month prediction has a negative short-term forecast, it is a good idea to wait until the stock decreases in value before buying it.

Q. How should I use the S&P 500 forecast?
A. The S&P 500 is a great representation of the general US stock market. If the algorithm predicts that the S&P 500 will go up, then it is a good sign that the stock market will generally increase. If the predictability for the S&P 500 is relatively weak, then it is important to be cautious, as the algorithm is unconfident about the direction of the stock market.

Q. Do your predictions come with entry and exit points? 
A. Our predictions change daily as the algorithm processes the previous day’s new information and as it learns from the previous day’s successes and failures. There are no hard and fast rules for when to enter and exit but it is a good idea to wait a week or so to observe the stock’s movement before buying it. It is important to look at both the evolution of stock’s long-term signal as well as the general direction of the stock’s short-term predictions. If the stock has negative short-term predictions, you may be able to buy the stock for a discount before buying it for its projected long-term growth.

Questions about receiving our newsletter and purchasing our products

Q. What is the I Know First weekly newsletter?
A. We send out a free newsletter every Sunday, which includes our most recent Forecast Performance charts along with occasional stock prediction graphs, articles written by our staff, coupons for our products, and other material we hope investors will find interesting

Q. How much does the weekly newsletter cost to receive?
A. The weekly newsletter is free.

Q. How do I receive the weekly newsletter?
A. If you go to the Subscribe Today page, there is a box on the right-hand side of the page to submit your name and email address. Once you submit your email, you will be added to our email list and receive our free newsletter the following Sunday.

Q. How do I view the various products that I Know First offers?
A. Once you submit your email on the Subscribe Today page, you will automatically be transferred to our Products Page.

Q. Can I pay with PayPal?
A. Yes. Please contact us at join@iknowfirst.com for more information.

Q. Can I purchase a bundle for various stocks, commodities, currencies, etc.?
A. We offer many customizable bundles that include predictions for various asset classes. Contact us at join@iknowfirst.com to create your own bundle including the following predictions: stocks, aggressive stocks, European stocks, currencies, commodities, bonds, ETFs, etc.

Questions about the products we offer

Q. What products do you offer?
A. I Know First predicts various different asset markets including stocks, currencies, commodities, binary options, interest rates (bonds), and ETFs. We also make specialized stock predictions such as our aggressive, European, Apple, Bank of America, FTSE 100, and Gold forecasts. We offer services that provide daily predictions of these markets as well as the possibility to customize a portfolio. To view our Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Commodities, Currencies, and World Indexes forecasts visit the I Know First Products Page.

Q. Can I customize my forecasts?
A. Yes. We offer various services that allow you to choose the assets you wish to follow with our Portfolio forecast service.

Q. Which product do you recommend?
A. Our highest quality forecast for Apple (AAPL) investors is our Apple Premium Forecast which includes a daily AAPL  forecast plus forecasts for the company’s competitors such as Google (GOOG) (GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT) and more plus forecasts for business partners such as Verizon (VZ) or AT&T (T) as well as forecasts for the S&P 500 and NasDaq Composite.

Q. When do you send your stock forecasts to subscribers?
A. We send our daily stock forecasts by email in the following days and times:

‪Sunday (this is the forecast for Monday) – at least an hour before the US stock markets open
Tuesday to Friday — at least an hour before the US stock markets open

Miscellaneous

Q. Will I “Get Rich Quick”?
A. Not necessarily. We offer services that forecast the direction of the stock market, which should be used as a guide for your investments. Though we beat the S&P 500 by 11.38% in the past 12 months, we are not promising unrealistic future results.

Q. Am I guaranteed to make money investing with I Know First?
A. No. Though our generic Top 10 stock portfolio has historically performed extraordinarily well, past performance is no guarantee for similar future performance. (However, it is a good indicator).

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