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.
Stock Screening & System Backtesting With Zacks Research Wizard
Stock screening has become a popular means for individual investors to identify potential investment candidates. This type of rule-based investing involves applying a set of quantitative filters to a database of stocks to isolate those companies that meet or pass the various filters. For example, a value-based filter may search for companies that rank in the bottom 20% of the stock universe in terms of price-to-book-value ratio.
Many Web sites offer stock screening modules, which vary greatly in their sophistication and fee structure. The comparison article in the May/June 2008 issue of Computerized Investing highlighted 10 on-line stock screening services. This article is available on-line at the CI Web site (www.computerizedinvesting.com).
For most investors, the goal of investing in individual stocks is to outperform the broad market or some index mutual fund. The Stock Screens area of AAII.com tracks the performance of over 50 different stock screening methodologies using our Stock Investor Pro program. We arrive at the performance of these different screens through a process called backtesting.
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