Financial Theory Articles

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  1. Analyzing The Price-To-Cash-Flow Ratio

    Find out how this ratio can help you evaluate companies and make investment decisions.
  2. Market Speculators: More Help Than Harm

    Speculators often get a bad rap, but it's important to remember that they only observe trends, not manipulate them.
  3. FINRA: How It Protects Investors

    Find out the history of FINRA, and how it's organized to monitor the markets and protect investors.
  4. 5 Steps To Forming A Tax-Exempt Nonprofit Corporation

    Before you tackle this challenge, know the challenges of forming and operating an official nonprofit organization.
  5. The Misery Index: Measuring Your Misfortune

    The Misery Index measures a combination of unemployment and inflation, but what does it mean for your finances?
  6. Make Your Portfolio Safer With Risky Investments

    A high-risk security can reduce risk overall. Find out how it works.
  7. The Viability Of Tracking Insiders

    Insider trading use to be profitable, but can it be today? Learn if investors should be paying attention to insiders.
  8. Measuring And Managing Investment Risk

    Risk is inseparable from return. Learn more about these measures and how to balance them.
  9. Introduction To Counterparty Risk

    Unlike a funded loan, the exposure from a credit derivative is complicated. Find out everything you need to know about counterparty ...
  10. Using Genetic Algorithms To Forecast Financial Markets

    Genetic algorithms are unique ways to solve complex problems by harnessing the power of nature.
  11. Evaluate Your Investments With SWOT Analysis

    Using this method, investors should be able to focus on a company's advantages and vulnerabilities.
  12. Betting On The Economy: What Are The Odds?

    Wondering what the odds of a default, recovery or new taxes are? Check out our take.
  13. Using Decision Trees In Finance

    These decision-making tools play an integral role in corporate finance and economic forecasting.
  14. Using Logic To Examine Risk

    Know your odds before you put your money on the table.
  15. The Flaws Of Using Mass Sentiment To Be Contrarian

    Like most allegedly sure-fire methods in the investment industry, this one has its flaws too.
  16. Profit By Understanding Fundamental Trends

    Fundamental trends are an important driver of financial markets and every investor and entrepreneur should analyze them. ...
  17. Find The Highest Returns With The Sharpe Ratio

    Learn how to follow the efficient frontier to increase your chances of successful investing.
  18. Owners Can Be Deal Killers In M&A

    A merger and acquisition advisor is often the best choice when selling a company.
  19. Do Small Investors Move The Market?

    As trading technology improves access, individual investors may have more of a say in the direction of the market.
  20. Diversification: It's All About (Asset) Class

    Frustrated stock pickers rejoice - asset class selection is simpler and safer.
  21. What Is Warren Buffett's Investing Style?

    Learn the main principles that Warren Buffet uses in assessing a company. His take on value investing may surprise you.
  22. Hamburger Economics: The Big Mac Index

    In theory, PPP stands up much better than it does in reality. Find out how to evaluate currencies according to the price ...
  23. 5 Economic Concepts Consumers Need To Know

    A solid understanding of economics helps build a strong foundation in almost every area of life.
  24. The S&P Downgrade: What Does It Mean?

    Standard &amp; Poor's downgraded the outlook on U.S. Treasuries from "stable" to "negative." We'll look at what this means ...
  25. 7 Facts You Didn't Know About The Greenback

    There's more to that $10 bill in your pocket than you think - read on for some interesting facts about U.S. currency.
  26. Information Overload: How It Hurts Investors

    There's a fine line between staying informed and being overloaded with financial information.
  27. What It Really Takes To Succeed In Business

    It takes a lot more than an Ivy League education to become a CEO.
  28. The Difference Between Finance And Economics

    Learn the differences between these closely related disciplines and how they inform and influence each other.
  29. Do Mergers Save Or Cost Consumers Money?

    A merger or acquisition can actually be beneficial to the customer - find out how, in this article.
  30. How Stock Market Indexes Changed Investing

    Find out how the first market averages were calculated and what they mean for investors today.
  31. The Economics Of A Successful Marriage

    These theories can keep multi-million dollar corporations afloat, so they should be able to increase the odds of wedded bliss.
  32. Top 4 Signs Of Over-Diversification

    Learn how to spot over-diversification in your portfolio and find out why some financial advisors are motivated to do it. ...
  33. Demographic Trends And The Implications For Investment

    See how people's movements, ages, deaths and buying patterns affect portfolios worldwide.
  34. Gold Or Oil: Which Is The Hotter Investment?

    Investing in gold and oil is now easy and cheap for investors, but not without risk.
  35. Using Porter's 5 Forces To Analyze Stocks

    These five qualitative measures allow investors to draw conclusions about a corporation that are not apparent on the balance ...
  36. The Dangers Of Deflation

    We look at what life would be like in a deflationary environment, and what you can do to protect your investments.
  37. An Introduction To Hyperinflation

    Hyperinflation isn't some historical curiosity. It is a very real risk that countries and governments still struggle with ...
  38. Option Price-Volatility Relationship: Avoiding Negative Surprises

    Learn about the price-volatility dynamic and its dual effect on option positions.
  39. David Sokol: Buffett's Former Right-Hand Man

    Sokol contrasts sharply with Buffett's management style, but he can help Berkshire thrive once Buffett decides to move on. ...
  40. How The Loch Ness Monster Affects The Economy

    Do sightings of Bigfoot, Nessie and UFOs lead to massive market fluctuations?
  41. How To Calculate Required Rate Of Return

    The required rate of return is used by investors and corporations to evaluate investments. Find out how to calculate it. ...
  42. Dynamic Current Ratio: What It Is And How To Use It

    Learn why this ratio may be a good alternative to the current, cash and quick ratios.
  43. Why Stocks Outperform Bonds

    Why have stocks historically produced higher returns than bonds? It's all a matter of risk.
  44. What Investors Should Know About Interest Rates

    Understanding interest rates helps you answer the fundamental question of where to put your money.
  45. Time Value Of Money: Determining Your Future Worth

    Determining monthly contributions to college funds, retirement plans or savings is easy with this calculation.
  46. Using Technical Indicators To Develop Trading Strategies

    Unfortunately, there is no perfect investment strategy that will guarantee success, but you can find the indicators and strategies ...
  47. Strategies For Determining The Market's True Worth

    Learn the strengths and weaknesses of passive and active management when trying to uncover the overall market's worth.
  48. Is Your Portfolio Light On Stocks? It May Be Time For A Switch

    Low risk investments only offer low rewards. Investors may find it advantageous to put at least some money back into the ...
  49. Efficient Market Hypothesis: Is The Stock Market Efficient?

    Deciding whether it's possible to attain above-average returns requires an understanding of EMH.
  50. Investments That Would Have Made You Rich In 2010

    These companies and investments made huge gains in 2010 - did you get in while the getting was good?
  51. January Effect Revives Battered Stocks

    Make sure you buy in low to ride this phenomenon for all it's worth.
  52. How Riots Influence An Economy

    Economic austerity measures have produced some riots in the hardest-hit countries, but do these protestors’ bold tactics ...
  53. Internal Rate Of Return: An Inside Look

    Use this method to choose which project or investment is right for you.
  54. How Your Tax Rate Is Determined

    Feel like the government always has its hand in your pocket? Learn the theory behind how it decides how much to take.
  55. History Of The U.S. Federal Trade Commission

    Since the early 1900s, the Federal Trade Commission has been working to protect U.S. citizens from corporations.
  56. The Capital Asset Pricing Model: An Overview

    CAPM helps you determine what return you deserve for putting your money at risk.
  57. Why Investments That "Feel" Safe May Not Be

    Investors tend to be adventurous in situations where they feel protected, but risk compensation theory suggests this may ...
  58. Does Your Personality Match Your Trading Methods?

    Investing has ways to successfully accommodate a variety of personalities. Learn how to align your trading with your traits. ...
  59. Trading With Gaussian Models Of Statistics

    The entire study of statistics originated from Gauss and allowed us to understand markets, prices and probabilities, among ...
  60. The Ghouls And Monsters On Wall Street

    Learn about some of the creepiest cases of fraud and the characters behind them.
  61. For Higher Stock Returns, Vote Republican Or Democrat?

    The president's political party is correlated to market performance. Find out which party tends to outperform.
  62. 10 Reasons To Fear The U.S. Economy

    With Halloween around the corner, here are some spooky thoughts about the economy.
  63. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  64. Does Bad PR Make For A Good Investing Opportunity?

    Like most other kinds of turnaround investing, investing in the face of bad PR can be a high-risk/high-reward situation. ...
  65. Bet Smarter With The Monte Carlo Simulation

    This technique can reduce uncertainty in estimating future outcomes.
  66. Drastic Currency Changes: What's The Cause?

    Currency fluctuations often defy logic. Learn the trends and factors that result in these movements.
  67. Use Duration And Convexity To Measure Bond Risk

    Find out how this measure can help fixed-income investors manage their portfolios.
  68. Your Worst Financial Mistakes And Why You Made Them

    No one intends to make a financial mistake, but an unexpected disaster or poor planning could leave you in financial distress.
  69. Top 3 Pitfalls Of Discounted Cash Flow Analysis

    The DCF method can be difficult to apply to real-life valuations. Find out where it comes up short.
  70. Do-It-Yourself Analyst Predictions

    Regular investors can build their own financial models using the mosaic theory.
  71. Investing Myths That Need To Go

    Certain investing myths just won't die. Find out how dated sayings could be costing you.
  72. Know Your Counterparty When Day Trading

    This can provide insight into how the market is likely to act based on your presence, orders and transactions.
  73. 6 Basic Financial Ratios And What They Reveal

    These formulas can help you pick better stocks for your portfolio once you learn how to use them.
  74. Do Financial Decisions Get Better With Age?

    Like a fine wine, you no doubt get better as you get older, but your money choices might not.
  75. How To Avoid Emotional Investing

    Most investors buy high and sell low, but you can avoid this trap by using some simple strategies.
  76. 7 Secrets Of Wall Street

    Wall Street brokers: They’re all millionaires, walking around New York in their fancy suits as they rake in the big bucks, ...
  77. How The Sharpe Ratio Can Oversimplify Risk

    When it comes to hedge funds, this measure is not reliable on its own.
  78. Crisis Management Strategies For Business Owners

    When a PR problem arises, your company will be judged on how you handle it. Are you ready?
  79. Portfolio Basics For The Beginner Investor

    By following some broad allocation guidelines, new investors can build the portfolio they want.
  80. The Ratings Game - A Solution

    The ratings agencies are refusing to take on the legal risks of the new rules, leaving investors with a dilemma.
  81. 10 Investing Tips From Heavy Metal

    Duelling guitars, frenetic drumming, ear-splitting vocals... and solid investment advice?
  82. Profit With The Power Of P/E Ratio

    The P/E ratio is a valuable tool when deciding on an investment, but it's not the only thing to consider.
  83. Catch On To The CCAPM

    The consumption capital asset pricing model smoothes over some of CAPM's weaknesses to make sense of risk aversion.
  84. Interpreting A Strategy Performance Report

    These key performance metrics will help you decide if your trading strategy is a winner.
  85. Gauge Portfolio Performance By Measuring Returns

    Calculate returns frequently and accurately to ensure that you're meeting your investing goals.
  86. Calculating The Equity Risk Premium

    See the model in action with real data and evaluate whether its assumptions are valid.
  87. Deleveraging: What It Means To Corporate America

    Getting rid of debt is usually a good thing, but companies can also use it to become more profitable.
  88. Be Risk Diverse, Not Risk Averse

    You have to take on some risk, but finding the right level is key to your portfolio's success - and your sanity.
  89. Deflation: A Two-Sided Coin

    Deflation fears are sweeping the U.S. , but the effects of this economic phenomenon are not all bad.
  90. Goldman: Guilty Of Finance, Innocent On Fraud

    While Goldman is no angel, the focus on CDO and derivatives transactions is misguided at best.
  91. The Latest, Greatest Corporate Mergers And Acquisitions

    Find out which companies have come together lately and why.
  92. How To Convert Value At Risk To Different Time Periods

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  93. An Introduction To Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  94. When To Sell Stocks

    Buying at the right price determines profit, but selling at the right price locks it in.
  95. Corzine: Goldman Targeted Because Of Success

    Democratic stalwart tells Wall Street crowd to accept financial reform.
  96. What Is the Quantity Theory of Money?

    Take a look at the tenets, assumptions and challenges of monetarism's principal theory.
  97. Master Futures Trading With Trend-Following Indicators

    The futures market is a lot less scary when these indicators are used to establish current trends.
  98. The Equity-Risk Premium: More Risk For Higher Returns

    Learn how the expected extra return on stocks is measured and why academic studies usually estimate a low premium.
  99. Lipstick And The Stock Market: Connection?

    We test the theory that lipstick sales thrive during an economic downturn.
  100. An Introduction To The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    Chances are you've heard of the IMF. But what does it do, and why is it so controversial?
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