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  1. How To Choose The Best Stock Valuation Method

    Don't be overwhelmed by the many valuation techniques out there - knowing a few characteristics about a company will help ...
  2. Why You Shouldn't Buy Investments You Know

    Though it's got merit, buying what you know could hold you back from achieving greater investment yields.
  3. How To Use The P/E Ratio And PEG To Tell A Stock's Future

    While the price-to-earnings ratio is commonly used for assessing stock prices, the price/earnings-to-growth ratio offers ...
  4. How To Build A Trading Indicator

    Wondering how people like Elliott and Gann built their famous trading tools? Learn the basics of constructing an indicator. ...
  5. 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.
  6. Understanding Liability-Adjusted Cash Flow Yield

    Learn why LACFY is a valuable metric for investors looking to make quick valuation calls on a company's stock relative to ...
  7. Using Public SEC Filings To Analyze Companies

    Reports from the Securities and Exchange Commission provide investors with an edge in determining the investment value of ...
  8. Book Value: How Reliable Is It For Investors?

    In theory, a low P/B ratio means you have a cushion against poor performance. In practice, it is much less certain.
  9. 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 ...
  10. Reverse Engineering Return On Equity

    Return on equity is a widely used ratio, but return on net operating assets (RNOA) takes things one step farther.
  11. 5 Signs Of A Market-Beating Stock

    Beating the market is not automatic, but focusing on companies with strong margins, good management and double-digit ROIC ...
  12. Find Quality Investments With ROIC

    Return on invested capital is a great way to measure the true value produced by a company. Learn to use the ROIC metric and ...
  13. January: Time To Read Your Mutual Fund's Annual Report

    Don't let this valuable piece of mail end up in your trash can. Here are five things you need to know.
  14. How To Trade Currency And Commodity Correlations

    Relationships between currencies and commodities exist throughout the financial markets. Find out how to trade these trends. ...
  15. Can You Hit A Perfect Credit Score?

    Everyone wants a great credit score, but few know exactly how to achieve perfection. Find out how your credit score is kept ...
  16. Natural Gas Industry: An Investment Guide

    Investors looking into this industry are faced with a confusing amount of information. We explain the important concepts ...
  17. 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. ...
  18. Introduction To Trading: Scalpers

    This type of trader makes many trades per day to "scalp" a small profit from each trade. Find out how it works.
  19. What Your Trading Charts Aren't Telling You

    You may be missing some key statistics when following charts in the market.
  20. How To Evaluate The Quality Of EPS

    Companies can manipulate their numbers, so you need to learn how to determine the accuracy of EPS.
  21. 7 Signs A Stock Is Set To Slide

    In investment, knowledge is power. Knowing these signs could alert you to potential problems on the horizon for your stocks. ...
  22. How To Tell If A Company's In Trouble

    Observing a company's behavior can prove beneficial for the mindful investor. Know the signs before you make a reactionary ...
  23. Double Exponential Moving Averages Explained

    This tweak on moving averages gives traders faster access to the information they need.
  24. Operating Cash Flow: Better Than Net Income?

    Differences between accrual accounting and cash flows show why net income is easier to manipulate.
  25. Are Your Stocks Doomed?

    When a company is headed for trouble, the warning signs are usually there. Learn how to spot disaster.
  26. Stock Scandals: Why Some Companies Survive

    When scandal hits a company, there are few key factors that determine how hard the stock will be hit.
  27. 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.
  28. 4 Key Indicators That Move The Markets

    Find out what reports to watch in order to anticipate and react to market movements.
  29. Investing Myths That Need To Go

    Certain investing myths just won't die. Find out how dated sayings could be costing you.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. Cash: Can A Company Have Too Much?

    Cash is something companies love to have. But if they are not using it there could be problems.
  33. A Primer On Offshore Drilling

    Learn the important ratios and terms that you'll need to know to get involved in this trading sector.
  34. Weighted Moving Averages: The Basics

    We take a closer look at the linearly weighted moving average and the exponentially smoothed moving average.
  35. Getting Started In Forex

    Before entering this market, you should define what you need from your broker and from your strategy.
  36. Premier Stochastic Oscillator Explained

    This oscillator has been used since the 1950s by traders and investors to anticipate areas where the market may change direction. ...
  37. Range Bar Charts: A Different View Of The Markets

    While range bars are not a type of technical indicator, traders can employ this useful tool to identify trends and interpret ...
  38. Use ROA To Gauge A Company's Profits

    Do you rely too heavily on ROE? Consider using return on assets for a more complete picture.
  39. Portfolio Basics For The Beginner Investor

    By following some broad allocation guidelines, new investors can build the portfolio they want.
  40. PEG Ratio Nails Down Value Stocks

    Learn how this simple calculation can help you determine a stock's earnings potential.
  41. Tips For Creating Profitable Stock Charts

    Find out how to create well-designed charts that will enhance your market analysis.
  42. BP's Broken Window

    The broken window fallacy is an economic tale of caution about ignoring unintended consequences - something the BP disaster ...
  43. Intangible Assets Provide Real Value To Stocks

    Intangible assets don't appear on balance sheets, but they're crucial to judging a company's value.
  44. Interpreting A Strategy Performance Report

    These key performance metrics will help you decide if your trading strategy is a winner.
  45. Find Hidden Stock Gems That Analysts Ignore

    Just because it doesn't get a lot of coverage, doesn't mean a company isn't a great find.
  46. Calculating The Equity Risk Premium

    See the model in action with real data and evaluate whether its assumptions are valid.
  47. Stochastics: An Accurate Buy And Sell Indicator

    Find out how stochastics are used to create buy and sell signals for traders.
  48. Top Summer Stocks To Get Into Now

    Summer leisure activities may see a surge in revenue. Let the sun shine on your portfolio.
  49. What Is A Cash Flow Statement?

    Learn how the CFS relates to the balance sheet and income statement as a part of a company's financial reports.
  50. Digging Deeper: The Mutual Fund Prospectus

    The legal jargon of this document can be daunting. Find out how to get to the important stuff.
  51. When To Sell Stocks

    Buying at the right price determines profit, but selling at the right price locks it in.
  52. Operational Risk: A Must-Know For Investors

    This type of risk is often overlooked, but it can mean the downfall of a company - and its investors.
  53. How To Assess A Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)

    Find out why funds from operations is a superior measure of REIT performance.
  54. How Corporate Events Affect Stock- And Bondholders

    Investors tend to buy either stocks or bonds, but rarely choose between the two. Find out when you'll benefit from one over ...
  55. When Your Business Needs Money: Angel Investors

    If you have a promising business that needs a boost, you may be able to put your faith in these wealthy investors.
  56. 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.
  57. Is The Stock Market Overvalued?

    Stocks are soaring despite high unemployment, foreclosures and relatively low consumer spending. Can it last?
  58. Investing In Fads

    From high-flying to fading fast, fads can mean big money for nimble investors.
  59. Investors Need A Good WACC

    Weighted average cost of capital may be hard to calculate, but it's a solid way to measure investment quality.
  60. How's Your Mutual Fund Really Doing?

    Determine how fund managers are doing by sizing them up against their peers.
  61. Look At Me! I Beat The S&P!

    How investment advisors use the wrong benchmarks to make poor performance look good.
  62. Spotting Creative Accounting On The Balance Sheet

    Companies have ways of manipulating their balance sheets that investors should be aware of.
  63. Evaluating Executive Compensation

    Find out how to determine whether a CEO is being overpaid.
  64. Beer Mergers: Are The Micro Brewers Doomed?

    What does the consolidation in the beer industry mean for investors and, more importantly, beer drinkers?
  65. Company Clone Cost Reveals True Value

    Find out how calculating a reproduction cost for a company can beat out the dividend discount model.
  66. Airline Stocks Look Set To Soar

    This maligned sector is in better shape than most investors believe.
  67. Free Cash Flow: Free, But Not Always Easy

    Free cash flow is a great gauge of corporate health, but it's not immune to accounting trickery.
  68. Can Global Investors Profit From GDP Watching?

    GDP growth is not necessarily a solid indicator of stock market returns in emerging markets. Find out what to watch instead. ...
  69. Why Dividends Matter

    Seven words that are music to investors' ears? "The dividend check is in the mail."
  70. Creative Accounting: When It's Too Good To Be True

    Accounting practices have matured, but there are still plenty of ways that companies can disguise their financial results. ...
  71. Analyzing Show Biz Stocks

    The glitz and glam of Hollywood could help put some more glitz in your pocket.
  72. 5 Tricks Companies Use During Earnings Season

    Don't be fooled: Companies use all kinds of tactics to make bad earnings look good. Find out how to see through them.
  73. Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Companies balance the interests of owners, customers and employees. Find out who comes out on top.
  74. Earnings Power Drives Stocks

    Internal return on investment helps determine a stock's ability to propel shareholder returns.
  75. Surprising Earnings Results

    Consensus estimates can send stocks spiraling - but are they representing reality?
  76. Forces That Move Stock Prices

    You can't predict exactly how stocks will behave, but knowing what affects prices will put you ahead of the pack.
  77. Your Dividend Payout: Can You Count On It?

    We go over several telling factors that can help you answer this question and avoid losses.
  78. Keep It Simple - Trade With The Trend

    Often, the simple solution is the best one. Find out how easy it can be to trade with the trend.
  79. All About EVA

    Looking for a formula to determine whether a company is creating wealth? Time to learn all about economic value added.
  80. Kairi Relative Index: The Forgotten Oscillator

    Though an older indicator, Kairi can still be a valuable tool for experienced investors.
  81. Financial Institutions: Stretched Too Thin?

    Find out how to evaluate a firm's loan portfolio to determine its financial health.
  82. Get Tough On Management Puff

    Company managers are often skilled at fooling investors. Be critical and don't believe the hype.
  83. Momentum Indicates Stock Price Strength

    Momentum can be used with other tools to be an effective buy/sell indicator.
  84. Earnings Sustainability: The Key To Your Investing Future

    Learn how to analyze earnings sustainability - an important part of making sound investments.
  85. Accounting For Differences In Oil And Gas Accounting

    How a company accounts for its expenses affects how its net income and cash flow numbers are reported.
  86. EBITDA: Challenging The Calculation

    This measure has a bad rap, but it's still a valuable tool when used appropriately.
  87. 6 Common Misconceptions About Dividends

    You've almost certainly heard these commonly held beliefs about dividends. Find out why they're wrong.
  88. Introduction to Types of Trading: Technical Traders

    Learn about the different traders and explore in detail the broader approach that looks to the past to predict the future. ...
  89. Let Your Intuition Guide Your Investments

    Don't ignore that gut feeling - it might just be leading you in the right direction.
  90. Buying Into Corporate Research & Development (R&D)

    Investors take note: companies that cut research and development are in danger of saving today but losing big tomorrow.
  91. When Insiders Buy, Should Investors Join Them?

    Insider tracking can inform your investment strategy, but it requires research and a level head. Find out what to look for. ...
  92. Peak-and-Trough Analysis

    Prices never move in straight lines, so it's time to learn about this powerful trend-following technique.
  93. Find Turning Points With Single-Day Patterns

    On their own, single-day patterns can be unreliable, but that doesn't mean they can't be used effectively.
  94. A Baby Buffett Portfolio: His 6 Best Long-Term Picks

    We look at six stocks Warren Buffett stands behind, why he likes them and why they may be a good fit for your portfolio too. ...
  95. Free Cash Flow Yield: The Best Fundamental Indicator

    Cash in the bank is what every company strives to achieve. Find out how to determine how much a company is generating and ...
  96. Improving Your Investing Outlook

    Looking to the past to predict the future is not always effective - for a balanced outlook on investing, all viewpoints must ...
  97. Conference Calls: Press 1 For Investment Insight

    These calls can be an investor's most direct line to information about a company's operations.
  98. Fundamentals And Technicals: Together At Last

    It's a big mistake for a fundamental investor to ignore technical analysis. Find out how to become chart smart.
  99. Speed Read SEC Filings For Hot Stock Picks

    SEC forms can be a real headache. Find out how to make your research more efficient - and more effective.
  100. Economic Moats: A Successful Company's Best Defense

    Find out why some companies thrive while others flounder.
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