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The AI (ChatGPT) S&P 500 Investing Guide: Preface

My wife, Karen Brockney, introduced me to ChatGPT in early January 2023. I gave it a try and after playing with it for a few days I was hooked. The articles about stocks and investing that ChatGPT generates are consistently well organized, well written and mostly accurate. They tend to be an overview of a topic and in general lack specific data. After I got the hang of entering cogent prompts, I was able to very quickly generate one article after another. So I decided to produce a "handbook" consisting of many articles from ChatGPT about stocks and investing. Think of the handbook as a reference guide rather the a book that tells a story from beginning to end.

The Table of Contents of this guide includes 111 articles written exclusively by ChatGPT that are the result of my prompts.

During the development process, I did not keep articles that included incorrect information. I often found stock symbols not to be current and some specific data was dated. In these cases I changed the prompt until I got accurate information. I carefully checked each article for accuracy before I accepted it, but I'm sure I missed some inaccurate information during my review. Note: The stock information from ChatGPT has a cut-off date of 2021.

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Enjoy reading the handbook.

Richard Howard and Karen Brockney

Our Bios

I, Richard Howard, am a retired college professor and technical writer. I taught computer programming, statistics and technical writing at Clark University in Worcester, MA and then worked for Digital Equipment Corporation as a software writer. I have degrees from Iowa State University (B.S.), University of California at Berkeley (M.S.) and University of Massachusetts at Amherst (PhD). My primary areas of study were wood technology and forest management.

I began stock investing in 1978 and was an active trader from 1993 through 1999, when I earned my living trading stocks. Now I manage my stock portfolio (mostly dividend-paying stocks) and trade stocks occasionally.

I created and manage, a site about stocks and investing.

I, Karen Brockney, provide web design for, tech support and encouragement to my husband.

I am a retired minister, technical writer and e-communications director. I served United Church of Christ churches in Rhode Island and Massachusetts before working as a technical writer at various tech companies. My last job was Director of E-Communications at Andover Newton Theological School, my alma mater. I have degrees from Hartwick College (B.A. in French) and Andover Newton Theological School (M.Div).

I have enjoyed designing - and sometimes managing - web sites for non-profits. I'm fascinated by the way communication has changed so rapidly through social media apps and AI technologies. I enjoy keeping up with new technologies and finding new ways to engage our audience.

My main interests are photography, photo editing, and easy hikes in the woods. You can view my videos and photos on Instagram (@kbrockney) and tutorials on YouTube (@kbrockney).

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