This installment of the Fisher Investments On series is an all–encompassing guide to understanding and analyzing investment opportunities within the global Technology sector. With this book as your guide, you′ll quickly become familiar with the global Technology investment universe from IT services and software to semiconductors and communications equipment and discover a viable approach for identifying firms in this field with the greatest probability of outperforming. Along the way, you′ll also become familiar with the high–level economic, political, and sentiment drivers behind this sector and how accurately identifying them can help determine when to overweight or underweight it.
You don′t have to be a professional to successfully invest in the global Technology sector but you do need to be prepared. Fisher Investments on Technology provides a framework for investing in Technology now and for the rest of your investing career.
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Part I Getting Started in Technology.
Chapter 1 Technology Basics.
More Than Gadgets . . . A Means.
Starting Small: Semiconductors.
Getting Larger: Products and Components.
Making It All Work: Software and Services.
Chapter 2 A Brief History of Modern Technology.
The Snowball Event: History of Semiconductors.
History of Computers.
History of Communications.
History of the Internet.
Chapter 3 Technology Sector Drivers.
Part II Next Steps: Technology Details.
Chapter 4 Technology Sector Breakdown.
Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS).
Global Technology Benchmarks.
Technology Industry Breakdown Software.
Chapter 5 Challenges in the Information Technology Sector.
Product Maturity and Obsolescence.
Fighting Maturity and Obsolescence.
Extreme Fluctuations in Supply and Demand.
Intellectual Property Threats.
Chapter 6 A Deeper Look at Current and Emerging Technologies.
Semiconductor Production Process.
Emerging Manufacturing Technologies.
Part III Thinking Like a Portfolio Manager.
Chapter 7 The Top–Down Method.
Investing Is a Science.
Einstein s Brain and the Stock Market.
The Top–Down Method.
Managing Against a Technology Benchmark.
Chapter 8 Security Analysis.
Make Your Selection.
A Five–Step Process.
Important Questions to Ask.
Chapter 9 Upgrading Your Portfolio Investing Strategies.
Strategy 1: Adding Value at the Sector Level.
Strategy 2: Adding Value at the Industry Level.
Strategy 3: Adding Value at the Security Level.
Strategy 4: Adding Value in a Technology Sector Downturn.
Strategy 5: Venture Capital.
About the Author.
Andrew S. Teufel has been with Fisher Investments since 1995, where he currently serves as a Co–President and the Director of Research. Prior to joining Fisher Investments, he worked at Bear Stearns as a corporate finance analyst in its Global Technology Group. Teufel also instructs at many seminars and educational workshops throughout the United States and United Kingdom, and has lectured at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is also the Editor in Chief of MarketMinder.com. Teufel is a graduate of UC Berkeley.