Buying a Computer
Trends in the computing industry and issues to consider before purchasing a new computer or upgrading your current system.
Analyzing, selecting and trading exchange-traded funds
Using investor sentiment to indentify tops and bottoms in the market.
Market Breadth & Timing
Market breadth and momentum indicators to gauge the market's overall direction.
Mutual Fund Screening & Analysis
Screening for and analyzing mutual funds.
Online Discount Brokers
In-depth reviews of online discount brokers and their tools, features and flaws.
Constructing a portfolio of investments and the issues involved, including risk management.
In-depth reviews of some of the most popular investment-related software.
Stock Screening & Analysis
Using quantitative stock screening filters to identify possible investment and analyzing individual stocks.
Determining the "true worth" of a company.
Technical Analysis & Charting
Using technical indicators and charts to help time your buy and sell decisions.
Using computerized tools and resources to prepare and file your personal income taxes.
Feature: Building a Computer for Investing
After seeing worldwide unit personal computer (PC) shipments decline by 4.2% in 2001—the first annual decline since 1985—the PC industry returned to its growing ways in 2002 with worldwide PC shipments increasing by 4.7% according to Gartner Dataquest. Preliminary data for 2002 had pointed to a lackluster sales year, with unit sales increasing a modest 2.7%. However, once the numbers were counted, Gartner revised its 2002 sales figures up some 16 million units to 148.1 million units sold worldwide for 2002, compared to 141.5 million units sold in 2001.
Analysts were much more optimistic for 2003’s prospects in January, as Gartner predicted unit sales would increase by about 8%. Since then, they have revised their estimates upward to 161.3 million units shipped for 2003, an increase of 8.9% over 2002. For the second and third quarters of 2003, worldwide PC shipments have increased by double-digit percentages.
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