The Dow Industrials continued to set new highs last week and several interesting sectors led the way - but I'm not going to talk about that. (Our expert columnists have it covered below anyways.) I'm going to share some interested statistics with you about how is used these days. Recently, we upgraded our statistics reporting tools and we are now getting new insights into how people are using to make better investing decisions. Here are some of those results:

Did you know?

  • We generate, on average, over 3.2 million charts every day? At the peak parts of the day (10am and 4pm), we generate more than 8,000 charts each minute.
  • On average, it takes us a little less than 1/4 of a second to generate each of those charts?
  • Most of the charts we send out are between 10KB and 40KB in size? However, there is a significant number of charts that are over 100KB in size that get sent out also.
  • After "Default", the "Sunset" color scheme is the most popular? The next most popular are "Night" and "Vanilla".
  • Over 60% of our users use Microsoft Internet Explorer 6? Only 14% use Mozilla Firefox, which - on a personal note - I strongly recommend everyone use.
  • During last week, two people made 3 times more chart requests than anybody else? (We are now helping them decrease their requests while still getting the information they need.)
  • One message board on is responsible for 3 times more chart requests than any other external website? (We are also working on ways to help that board reduce it's usage.)
  • We now have over 16,700 website subscribers? ExtraRT subscriptions continue to grow at a very fast rate.
  • This newsletter goes out to over 50,000 active readers?
  • At peak times (7am and 4pm), we send out over 75 megabits of data every second? That the equivant of a 9.8 megabyte file or about 2.5 complete MP3s every second.
  • We now have over 3000 pages of educational content on our website?
  • We get almost 100 chart request each day from cell phones? (Hmmm... We need to make that easier...)
  • Los Angeles and Toronto are tied with the most number of visitors?
  • Outside of North America, people from Japan, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and Germany are the most frequent visitors to our site?
  • So far this month 481,000 unique people have visited We get about 80,000 visitors every day.
  • Almost exactly half of our users have a screen size that is 1024x768 pixels? Only 4% use a screen resolution of 1600x1200 or higher. (Hasn't everyone noticed how relatively inexpensive larger monitors are these days?)
  • Word-of-mouth remains the #1 way that people learn about our website? We want to thank everyone out there for that.

There are tons more site statistics but those are the most interesting to me. Thanks again to everyone that uses our site to make better investment decisions - a truly win-win situation if there ever was one.

Chip Anderson
About the author: is the founder and president of He founded the company after working as a Windows developer and corporate consultant at Microsoft from 1987 to 1997. Since 1999, Chip has guided the growth and development of into a trusted financial enterprise and highly-valued resource in the industry. In this blog, Chip shares his tips and tricks on how to maximize the tools and resources available at, and provides updates about new features or additions to the site. Learn More
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