Computer Literacy Assumptions
• It is assumed that students know how to do a screen capture and trim/crop an image. For
example, on PCs, one can use the Snipping Tool application to select part of a webpage.
• It is assumed that students have a student subscription to the WSJ—this provides both print and
online access for students. A subscription is a course requirement.
• Please contact your course friends if you have difficulty with this assignment.
• If your still need help, please contact the course TAs for assistance. Their contact information is
on the course syllabus.
• There is a document that explains the allowed file types that you are able to upload.
• If you need to get a student subscription to the WSJ to get online access, go to the syllabus to get
instructions on how to get a discounted student semester subscription.
There are a couple of reasons for this assignment.
First, is that it designed to make students realize that asset allocation strategies are often situational in
nature. Different situations call for different asset allocation strategies.
Secondly, it is hoped that students will benefit from the experience of doing a search using the WSJ
search tool and will use that search tool on their own initiative.
Page 1 of 2Assignment
For this assignment, you are to the WSJ.com and do an online search for an article from the series
“Mixing it Up”. This is a monthly column that features a situation and an advisor that recommends an
asset allocation strategy.
After reading a few of the articles, pick one of them for your assignment. Provide the following
• Article title, author, and date.
• A screen capture of the pie chart in the article.
• Describe in two or three sentences what your found interesting about the article or what you
learned as a result of reading the article.
• A few search tips.
o Use the phrase “Mixing it up” in quotes
o Do an advanced search—look at 4 years and look for articles only.
o Be careful that sometimes advanced searches in the WSJ are a bit error prone.
• There are examples of Mixing It Up articles in the course readings on Blackboard.
• No credit will be given to students who use scanned images or photos from a physical newspaper.
Student subscriptions come with physical newspaper delivery, so it is easier to use the physical
newspaper to quickly find articles that have graphs or tables that meet the assignment criteria.
But use the WSJ.com website for this assignment.
• Articles from course readings cannot be used for this assignment.