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  1. How Sallie Mae Affects Student Loans

    Sallie Mae, which has financed many a college education, originally was a federally chartered government sponsored enterprise. ...
  2. The Biggest Mergers & Acquisitions In The U.S.

    M&A is a daily part of the American business world. They're based on the principle that "One plus one equals three," i.e. ...
  3. How To Profit From Mergers And Acquisitions Through Arbitrage

    Making a windfall from a stock that attracts a takeover bid is an alluring proposition. But be warned – benefiting from m&a ...
  4. All About Liquid Commodities

    You might hear 'liquid commodities' and think of an auction, but they're actually a high-volume, fast paced financial product ...
  5. Changing Gas Sources Present Rare Opportunity

    Historically, gas supplies have flowed from the resource-rich Gulf Coast to the populous, but gas-starved, Northeast.
  6. How to Use the Gearing Ratio

    The gearing ratio is a figure that compares a company’s owners’ equity to the amount of money the company has borrowed.
  7. What's a P&L Statement?

    A profit and loss statement, also called the income statement, is a financial statement that companies use to report their ...
  8. An Investing Secret For When The Market Drops

    I wrote a piece called “Why Cash is Not a Strategy.” I was sitting on more cash than I knew was good for me: I’ve started ...
  9. Saving Money Or Paying Off Debt?

    When choosing between blasting through debt and establishing precautionary funds in case of an emergency, the right course ...
  10. Everyone Wants To Dance With Shale Gas

    Those who cover commodities at Wall Street Daily have written about the revolution of cheap U.S. shale gas – and how far-reaching ...
  11. Warren Buffett's Probability Analysis Is His Key To Success

    Warren Buffett didn't get rich through luck. His shrewd acumen when picking investments is based on thorough research and ...
  12. 7 Steps To Evaluate A Financial Adviser

    Looking to hire a financial advisor but unsure what you want or need? Follow these seven steps.
  13. The Big Credit Card Companies Have Room to Grow

    With so many credit cards in daily use, credit card issuers have grown with their businesses.
  14. Why Wall Street Is A Key Player In The World's Economy

    Wall Street is just one little street in lower Manhattan, but both empirically and symbolically, it continues to make the ...
  15. 5 Famous MLB Players Who Went Broke

    Major League Baseball is one of the biggest and most lucrative industries out there.
  16. Goodwill vs Other Intangible Assets: What's the Difference?

    "Intangible" assets don't possess physical substance. Yet they are quanitfiable, and of great importance to any business. ...
  17. Penny Stocks, Options and Trading on Margin

    You may not be able to trade penny-stock options, but small-caps and micro-caps could be close enough. Here's a primer on ...
  18. Playing Penny Stock-Like ETFs

    While there are no penny stock ETFs or mutual funds, a shrewd investor can pick from a number of small-cap and micro-cap ...
  19. Study These Penny Stock Trading Trends

    Any active trader watches trends patterns to devise a strategy. Penny stock traders should do the same; it could help them ...
  20. The Economics of Hulu, Netflix, Redbox and Blockbuster

    These on-demand entertainment giants have already changed the way we consume entertainment. Who is poised to win this race ...
  21. Tracking Your Portfolio On Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance can sync with brokerage accounts, merge and track investments to monitor performance and help you understand ...
  22. Technical Top-Down Investing: Analyzing The Market

    The top-down investment strategy depends on economy and market strength. Find out what you should know before jumping in. ...
  23. Material Adverse Effect A Warning Sign For Stocks

    Learn what this phrase means and how to spot it in a company's financial statements.
  24. Can Good News Be A Signal To Sell?

    Sometimes positive announcements can mean bad news for a stock. Find out why.
  25. How To Pick Winning Penny Stocks

    Cheap doesn't always equal good. When choosing penny stocks, investors would be wise to note several key factors that affect ...
  26. How To Decode A Company's Earnings Reports

    Read between the lines to decipher a company's true financial condition.
  27. Great Expectations: Forecasting Sales Growth

    Predicting sales growth can be something of a black art, unless you ask the right questions.
  28. Buy Side Vs. Sell Side Analysts

    Find out the difference between these two Wall Street jobs.
  29. How To Calculate A Z-Score

    Investors need to know how to detect signs of looming bankruptcy. The Z-score can help.
  30. How To Analyze Restaurant Stocks

    Don't put your money on the table before getting a taste for analyzing this sector.
  31. Mergers And Acquisitions: Understanding Takeovers

    In the dramatic world of M&As, battleground terms meld with bizarre metaphors to form the language of the game.
  32. Tales From The Trenches: Location Is Everything

    When a candle pattern re-occurs near a moving average, it may indicate future support or resistance.
  33. Get Organized With An Investment Analysis Form

    Your research will be easy if you compile all the decision-making information you need.
  34. Would You Profit As A Day Trader?

    Market timing is surrounded by controversy, but does it work?
  35. Burn Rate Key Factor In Company's Sustainability

    Be careful around companies with high cash burn rates. These investments can turn to ashes.
  36. Simple Moving Averages Make Trends Stand Out

    The moving average is easy to calculate and, once plotted on a chart, is a powerful visual trend-spotting tool.
  37. 12 Things You Need To Know About Financial Statements

    Discover how to keep score of companies to increase your chances of choosing a winner.
  38. Texas Ratio Rounds Up Bank Failures

    This measure can help investors spot potential trouble in a bank's financials. Find out how.
  39. Valuing Firms Using Present Value Of Free Cash Flows

    When trying to evaluate a company, it always comes down to determining the value of the free cash flows and discounting them ...
  40. Analyze Investments Quickly With Ratios

    Make informed decisions about your investments with these easy equations.
  41. How to Value Companies With Negative Earnings

    For some investors, the possibility of stumbling upon a small biotech with a potential blockbuster drug, or a junior miner ...
  42. Decoding DuPont Analysis

    Get a deeper understanding of ROE with these three-step and five-step calculations.
  43. The Leap-Year Phenomenon

    Find out if you can build a strategy around the behavior of the market in the presidential cycle.
  44. 10 Timeless Rules For Investors

    Find out what most investors are doing wrong, and how you can do it right.
  45. What Investors Can Learn From Insider Trading

    Some insider trading is actually legal - and can be extremely telling for investors.
  46. Top Websites For Checking Your Credit Scores

    You've probably seen spammy ads offering the opportunity to check your credit score for "free." Well, not all credit score ...
  47. Top SEC EDGAR Tools For New Investors

    Navigating the plethora of data available to investors can be overwhelming. The SEC has made it a bit easier with its EDGAR ...
  48. Reading The Balance Sheet

    Learn about the components of the statement of financial position and how they relate to each other.
  49. Balance Sheet: Analyzing Owners' Equity

    Analyzing owners’ equity is an important analytics tool, but it should be done in the context of other tools such as analyzing ...
  50. What Is Opportunity Cost And Why Does It Matter?

    Economists suggest that the "opportunity cost" of any decision, the value of the next-best alternative, is crucial to making ...
  51. How to Use Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance provides an extremely competent and comprehensive offering for the everyday investor wanting to track a portfolio ...
  52. Analyzing A Bank's Financial Statements

    A careful review of a bank's financial statements can help you identify key factors in a potential investment.
  53. Countries With The Highest Fracking Potential

    Is fracking a "necessary evil," as some believe? Here are some countries with huge fracking potential--and what they stand ...
  54. A Checklist For Successful Medical Technology Investment

    Find an investment that will give your portfolio a shot in the arm.
  55. How To Efficiently Read An Annual Report

    Learn how to read between the lines and decipher the actual condition of a company.
  56. FYI On ROI: A Guide To Calculating Return On Investment

    Return on investment is a simple equation that can give you an edge when fine-tuning your portfolio - here's how to use it. ...
  57. Digging Into The Dividend Discount Model

    The DDM is one of the most foundational of financial theories, but it's only as good as its assumptions.
  58. Some Good News Is Bad News For Investors

    Some companies excel at announcing news that is bad for shareholders, but spinning it as good news.
  59. 3 Penny Stocks That Are Worth Your Attention

    These penny stocks have been white-hot so far this year. Here's what you need to know about trading them.
  60. Using Enterprise Value To Compare Companies

    Learn how enterprise value can help investors compare companies with different capital structures.
  61. Investing In Health Insurance Companies

    Health insurance companies work a little differently than most companies. Here's what you need to know as an investor.
  62. Pinpoint Winning Trade Entries With Filters And Triggers

    These tools will help you enter at high-probability points and ensure you trade within your set strategy.
  63. A Clear Look At EBITDA

    This measure has its benefits, but it can also present earnings through rose-colored glasses.
  64. Using Compound Indicators To Predict Market Fluctuations

    Learn how to combine average true range, simple moving average and Bollinger band indicators to gauge market volatility. ...
  65. ROA And ROE Give Clear Picture Of Corporate Health

    Both measure performance, but sometimes they tell a very different story. This is why they’re best used together.
  66. Beware False Signals From The P/E Ratio

    The P/E ratio is a simple tool for evaluating a company, but no one ratio can tell the whole story.
  67. Measuring Company Efficiency

    Three useful indicators for measuring a retail company's efficiency are its inventory turnaround times, its receivables and ...
  68. Analyzing Investments With Solvency Ratios

    Solvency ratios are extremely useful in helping analyze a firm’s ability to meet its long-term obligations; but like most ...
  69. Western Line Vs. Candlestick Charting

    These methods both have their merits, but they may be strongest when combined.
  70. Tales From The Trenches: Hindsight Is 20/20

    Follow along with one of ChartAdvisor's failed trades and learn from our mistakes.
  71. Is Growth Always A Good Thing?

    Getting big quickly looks good, but companies can get into trouble when they do it too fast. Find out how to spot this trouble. ...
  72. How To Value An Internet Stock

    An academic study, published several years after the peak of the dot-com bubble in March 2000, accurately described just ...
  73. Analyst Recommendations: Do Sell Ratings Exist?

    Analyst reports can be an investor's best friend - but without knowing how to read them, you won't be able to fully utilize ...
  74. Sector Rotation: The Essentials

    We look at how the market signals impending economic cycles and sector performance during each stage.
  75. The Pioneers Of Technical Analysis

    Every time an investor talks about getting in low or picking entry and exit points, they are paying homage to these men. ...
  76. Trailing-Stop Techniques

    The important decision to exit a position must be based on more than emotion if you want to be a disciplined trader.
  77. How To Invest In Penny Stocks

    Do you find the lure of finding a diamond in the rough too much to ignore? Then consider penny stocks. Just be aware of the ...
  78. Triangles: A Short Study In Continuation Patterns

    Learn how to read these formations of horizontal trading patterns.
  79. Relative Valuation Of Stocks Can Be A Trap

    This method of valuing a company can make it look like a bargain when it is not.
  80. How To Do Qualitative Analysis On Biotech Companies

    These analytical methods will help you size up a biotech company and make a winning investment.
  81. 6 Bad Stock Buyback Scenarios

    Buying back shares can be a sensible way for companies to use extra cash. But in many cases, it's just a ploy to boost earnings. ...
  82. EDGAR: Investors' One-Stop-Shop For Company Filings

    You can learn a lot about any listed company through this system - if you know how to use it.
  83. The Ups And Downs Of Investing In Cyclical Stocks

    This strategy can be profitable but only if you know when to dump these stocks.
  84. Warning Signs Of A Company In Trouble

    Don't let your clients go down with ship! Learn how to escape sinking with these tips.
  85. What Is The New 'FICO Score 9' And Its Benefits?

    A change in how some credit scores are calculated might soon make it easier for some homebuyers and homeowners to get a mortgage. ...
  86. Take On Risk With A Margin of Safety

    More common risk theories can lead to missed opportunities. Find out how margin of safety can propel your portfolio.
  87. How the Acid Test Helps You

    The acid test measures a company’s short-term liquidity.
  88. Using Trading Indicators Effectively

    Select multiple indicators, avoid information overload and optimize indicators to effectively use technical analysis tools. ...
  89. The 5 Types Of Earnings Per Share

    A look at the five varieties of EPS and what each represents can help an investor determine whether a company is a good value, ...
  90. The Working Capital Position

    Learn how to correctly analyze a company's liquidity and beat the average investor.
  91. A Look At Corporate Profit Margins

    Take a deeper look at a company's profitability with the help of profit margin ratios.
  92. Challenges Faced When Analyzing Green Chip Stocks

    The fact that a green chip is not yet a blue chip should not alarm investors, but they need to be aware of the differences ...
  93. How To Avoid Falling Prey To The Next Madoff Scam

    Due diligence does work, but the loose reporting standards for hedge funds make extra care and attention necessary.
  94. So You Wanna Buy A Franchise?

    Franchises are growing more popular with entrepreneurs. Here's why and what to expect from them.
  95. The Federal Reserve System Affects You More Than You Might Think

    How does the Federal Reserve System affect ordinary citizens? In more ways than you might realize.
  96. The 4 Basic Elements Of Stock Value

    Investors use these four measures to determine a stock's worth. Find out how to use them.
  97. CEO Savvy And Stock's Success Go Hand In Hand

    A CEO shapes the direction a business will take. We provide four clues to help you determine which ones have the right stuff. ...
  98. Investing In Natural Gas? Eye ETFs, Seasonality

    When considering natural gas extraction companies and the commodity itself, what options do investors have?
  99. Fracking ETFs Or Drilling Services Stocks?

    Hydraulic fracturing — otherwise known as fracking — is a hot topic. But how to invest in this trend?
  100. How To Use The Top Yahoo! Finance Tools

    Yahoo has a set of tools that rival the professional ones so individuals are not at a disadvantage. Here is a guide for investors ...
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