Markets Articles

  1. Should You Use DCF for Valuation?

    We explain the two primary valuation techniques—DCF and Comparables—used to predict future stock prices.
  2. The Risks Of Investing In The Gun Industry

    Investing in the gun industry could be an interesting proposition, but it all depends on timing.
  3. How To Analyze Netflix's Income Statements

    Learn how to read Netflix's income statement, calculate net income and interpret EPS to evaluate the company's current financial ...
  4. What Is the Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry? (ESRX, CVS)

    PBMs, acting as third party administrators and negotiators, are essential to facilitating transactions between the moving ...
  5. 4 Ways To Survive And Prosper In A Bear Market

    Prepare to survive, and even prosper, in the impending bear market, by considering and putting into action the following ...
  6. 3 Buy-and-Hold Stocks For 2015 (PRU, MKTX)

    One of the dominant themes to consider for 2015 is the normalization of monetary policy as the Fed raises interest rates.
  7. 6 Books for Millennials Interested in Investing

    Reading books about finance and investing is a great way for millennials to effectively invest their time and pocket money ...
  8. Top Investment Ideas for Malls of the Future

    How investors should be thinking about the mall of tomorrow.
  9. Is it Wise to Copy Warren Buffett's Investment Strategy? (AXP, BRK)

    Buffett has proven to be one of the most astute investors of all time. Can you emulate his success?
  10. 5 Great Investors Who Aren't Warren Buffett

    Here are five other investors, not named Warren Buffett, that are also considered to be the best of the best in the industry.
  11. Three Benefits Of Purchasing High-Priced Stocks

    High-priced stocks can be great wealth building vehicles for individual investors.
  12. More Bonuses And Fewer Raises Affect Workers

    Companies are increasingly replacing salary increases with bonuses, much to the detriment of employees.
  13. America's 10 Fastest-Growing Restaurant Chains

    Nothing drives stock prices like growth. These are the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country, five of them public. ...
  14. How To Profit From M&A Announcements

    We look at four strategies that seek to profit from merger and acquisitions announcements.
  15. Japan's Stewardship Code

    Institutional investors in Japan have been criticized for being too cozy with corporates. Can a code force them to focus ...
  16. 5 Things Investors Can Learn from Shark Tank

    Retail investors can watch "Shark Tank" to learn how the wealthy analyze investment opportunities.
  17. A Fundamental Analysis of Amazon and eBay

    Learn how revenue, profitability, valuation metrics, active user base and seller ratings measure the success of Amazon and ...
  18. Why Lego Still Appeals To Children

    As children's toys become more and more technology driven, e.g. tablets, smartphone games, video games, etc., how has Lego ...
  19. What Is The Value In Value Investing?

    Value investing has its advantages, but it also has significant drawbacks. We look at the pros and cons.
  20. 5 Amazing Technologies Developed By Amazon

    Learn about some of the new and innovative technologies Amazon has in its pipeline, such as its Dash Button, Amazon Prime ...
  21. Characteristics Of Successful Traders

    Successful traders share psychological characteristics that augment their personal and financial power.
  22. Four Buy and Hold Stocks for Millennials (WTM, BRK.B)

    Wealth creation is the byproduct of holding excellent businesses that grow substantially over the long-run.
  23. Top Reasons Stock Indices Could Be Biased

    Do the owners of the large stock indices (McGraw Hill Financial, CME Group, and News Corp) have incentive to pick stocks ...
  24. Most Important Mergers And Acquisitions Of 2015

    Nearly halfway through the year, 2015 is proving to be a big one for mergers and acquisitions.
  25. 6 Finance Books Every Child Should Read

    It’s never too soon to start teaching children important life lessons about money. Here are six books that make it fun.
  26. Applying DDM On Microsoft Common Stock Valuation (MSFT)

    How can you use the dividend discount model to estimate the value the common stock of Microsoft?
  27. Top 6 Most Profitable Clothing Retailers

    If you’ve visited any mall in America recently, you’ve likely stepped into one, or all, of these clothing companies' shops. ...
  28. Strategies To Trade The Nasdaq Index

    The Nasdaq is by far the best-known technology index in the world, and there are plenty of strategies to trade on the Nasdaq ...
  29. Are These 5 Retailers in Trouble?

    The retail environment is a tough one and some companies are doing better than others.
  30. Pros and Cons of Dark Pools Of Liquidity

    Dark pools of liquidity allow big investors to trade away from the public eye. They limit market impact but may leave small ...
  31. Is Now the Time to Boost Travel & Leisure Exposure? (PEJ, NCLH)

    As Americans embark on summer trips, investors can benefit by adding exposure to the travel and leisure sector.
  32. How Does Biogen Make its Money? (ABBV, BIIB)

    Biogen is a healthy biotechnology company producing a stream of illness-fighting drugs. Its big sellers treat MS, and it ...
  33. Look For These Red Flags In The Income Statement

    Companies can overstate their revenues and understate their losses to boost investor confidence. Learn how to spot the these ...
  34. Financial News Comparison: Bloomberg Vs. Reuters (BAC, GOOG)

    Access to financial information has grown with the expansion of digital news. Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters lead the pack, ...
  35. Tesla Home Batteries And The Electric Bill

    With limited daylight hours, solar power cannot power our homes at night, but Tesla Motors might help solve that problem.
  36. A Guide For Understanding Information Cascades

    We explain how information cascades work, how they relate to finance, and why they are important.
  37. How 21st Century Fox (FOX) Makes its Money

    An in depth look at the revenue streams of international media conglomerate Twenty-First Century Fox.
  38. Quick & Effective Ways To End Drawdowns

    A few simple adjustments could end your losing streak as soon as it begins.
  39. Invest in Apple (AAPL) or Google (GOOGL)?

    Apple and Google have made many investors rich since the turn of the century. Which is more appealing going forward?
  40. TradeKing Vs. TradeStation: Which Meets Your Needs?

    Each of these two online brokerage firms offers a package of benefits, features and services that meets a distinct type of ...
  41. Costco, Target or Walmart: Which is the Best Bet?

    These three retailers have all been long-term winners. It that likely to continue? If so, which is the best bet?
  42. Is There Any Upside Left in Costco?

    Costco's stock has performed exceptionally well over the past five years, but does it need a breather?
  43. How Microsoft & Apple's Balance Sheets Compare

    Looking at two iconic companies, Microsoft and Apple, whose balance is sheet is stronger and where?
  44. Small-Cap Biotech Stocks to Watch

    Home runs in the small cap biotechnology market are hard to come by. Here are some names to watch.
  45. How to Invest in Huawei

    Have you heard of giant Chinese telecom maker Huawei? Here's what you need to know.
  46. Is Amazon Overvalued? Compare Price-To-Sales Ratios

    The price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is the most common and easiest valuation metric to calculate. But what happens when earnings ...
  47. Why Risk-Free Investments Don't Exist

    We explain the risks inherent with all types of investments and why risk-free investments do not exist.
  48. How To Trade Effectively Secondary Offerings (CERU, C)

    Secondary offerings may require rapid readjustment of trading strategies.
  49. Financial Considerations Of Buying a Tiny House

    Whether your goal is simplicity, saving money or an alternative lifestyle, a tiny house (100 to 400 square feet) could be ...
  50. Top Alternatives to Penny Stocks (F, FITB)

    Have the stomach for high risk? Consider these alternatives to penny stocks.
  51. How To Track Upcoming IPOs

    Interested in investing through IPOs? Here is the list of free sources for information on upcoming IPOs.
  52. Penny Stocks that Had Potential But Failed

    Welcome to the wild world of penny stocks. Here's what to expect.
  53. How Occidental Petroleum (OXY) Makes its Money

    An in depth look at influential oil and gas company Occidental Petroleum.
  54. The Risks Of Writing Covered Calls

    While writing a covered call option is less risky than writing a naked call option, the strategy is not entirely riskfree.
  55. What is Warren Buffett's Net Worth In 2015?

    How much is Warren Buffet worth in 2015 and what holdings does he have?
  56. The Netflix P/E Ratio: What You Need To Know

    We show you how to compute and analyze the P/E ratio for Netflix.
  57. How eBay Makes its Money (EBAY)

    eBay is a $68 billion ecommerce titan. Here's why.
  58. Are Discounted Gift Card Websites Safe?

    Could you buy a gift card online and find out it's worthless? Here's how to protect yourself (and whether you need to).
  59. Writing Covered Calls On Dividend Stocks

    Writing covered calls on stocks that pay above-average dividends is a strategy that can be used to boost returns on a portfolio, ...
  60. Top Agriculture Stocks That Pay Regular Dividends (MON, TNH)

    Here are four different ways to play dividend-paying agro stocks.
  61. How Altria (MO) Makes its Money

    A look at how the highly profitable brands of tobacco giant Altria just won't quit.
  62. New Battery Technology Investment Opportunities

    With the advent of mobile computing and electric cars, the importance of batteries for electrical power will continue to ...
  63. Betting Basics: Fractional, Decimal & American (Moneyline) Odds

    Betting odds are expressed in three popular formats: Fractional (British), Decimal (European) and American (Moneyline). So, ...
  64. Understanding Japan's New Corporate Governance Code

    Expectations are low that Japan can create a corporate governance climate that meets global standards, but a new initiative ...
  65. Why Cash Management Is Key To Business Success

    Businesses need to generate a healthy cash flow to survive, but not hold too much so that inventory suffers or investment ...
  66. Starbucks Investment: Stock vs. Franchise (SBUX)

    A look at the pros and cons of investing in Starbucks stock or a franchise.
  67. Fight Volatility and Inflation with Infrastructure (BIP, IGF)

    As institutional investors flock to infrastructure assets there's good reason for retail investors to follow suit.
  68. Why Small-Caps and Dividends Go Together (DES, IJR)

    For investors, small-caps shouldn’t be just about growth. They can be powerful income tools, as well.
  69. Healthcare Stocks: A Prescription for More Gains? (VHT, XLV)

    There could be even more room for gains in healthcare sector stocks, as many of the bullish trends remain in place.
  70. Why Is Best Buy Stock So Volatile?

    We look at why BBY has been so volatile in the past and whether this trend is likely to continue or abate in the future.
  71. How Goldman Sachs Makes its Money (GS, TWTR)

    Six years after the subprime meltdown, Goldman Sachs is a robust $87 billion company instead of a historical footnote. Here's ...
  72. Meerkat, Camio, and Periscope: Which Will Succeed?

    As live streaming apps become more accessible, apps will succeed or fail based on their ability to acquire users, or differentiate ...
  73. How Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) Makes its Money (MYL, BMY)

    Innovation and acquisition: an in depth look at pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb.
  74. The Biggest Threats to Netflix (NFLX)

    A look at the biggest threats to Netflix and whether it can maintain its current growth rate.
  75. Why North Korea & South Korea Are Separated

    Once united for centuries, today North and South Korea are perfect examples of opposite worlds, divided by politics and ideologies.
  76. Unlocking The P/E Ratio For Apple

    We show you how to compute and analyze the P/E ratio for Apple.
  77. Analyzing Google's Balance Sheet

    We take a look at Google's balance sheet to learn about the health of the company and how well it is run.
  78. Is Venezuela The New Cuba?

    While it may have populist anti-US policies, Venezuela's role in the global energy market and its trade with the US would ...
  79. The Outlook for McDonald's (MCD)

    McDonald's has taken care of its shareholders through the years, but the brand has suffered recently. What is likely to happen ...
  80. How to Manage The Risk Of Your Own Portfolio

    To best manage your portfolio, first determine your risk tolerance.
  81. What You Need To Know About Google's P/E Ratio

    We show you how to calculate the price to earnings ratio, a key valuation metric, for Google.
  82. Is Now A Good Time To Invest in Tesla?

    Tesla offers prospects for rewards, but risks are many. Risks include strong competition, rewards include market potential ...
  83. Risks and Rewards of Biotech Companies

    We look at the risks and rewards of investing in biotech companies.
  84. Top 7 Mistakes To Avoid On Your 529 Plan

    A 529 can go a long way to easing the burden of college education, as long as you start saving as soon as possible after ...
  85. How AbbVie Makes its Money (ABBV) (ABV, ABT)

    An in depth look at Abbott Labs spinoff AbbVie and how it became a nearly $100 billion company.
  86. The Future of Big Pharma

    A look at the future health of big pharma stocks.
  87. What Lies Ahead for Apple's P/E ratio

    Recently, Apple's P/E multiple has come down to levels equal to the S&P 500. What does the future hold for the tech giant's ...
  88. The 10 Riskiest Investments

    Investors seeking high returns must also be prepared for high risk. Here are ten of the riskiest investments available.
  89. How Boeing Makes its Money (MSFT, BA)

    The number of market leaders that indisputably dominated their industry in 1916 and still do today is almost nonexistent ...
  90. How To Trade Foreign Stocks

    We weigh the major ways to trade foreign stocks for investors.
  91. How MasterCard Makes its Money (MA)

    An in depth look at MasterCard and its future prospects as an investment.
  92. Why Kraft-Heinz Will Be a Winner Long-Term (KRFT, BRK.A)

    Kraft and Heinz are now one. This should present a profitable long-term investment opportunity, but isn't likely to be smooth ...
  93. WhatsApp: The Best Facebook Purchase Ever?

    WhatsApp is Facebook's largest acquisition to date. What makes it worth the major price tag?
  94. The Saudi Stock Exchange

    This article argues that investment in the Saudi Stock Exchange's petroleum sector is a good move for long-term investors.
  95. The Risks And Rewards Of Pharma Stocks

    While pharmaceutical stocks have certain risks, big pharma companies have stable cash flows and pricing power, offering opportunities ...
  96. How To Make Money With Motif

    Motif Investing has enabled investors to create a diversified portfolio, or motif, with relative ease.
  97. How Investment Risk Is Quantified

    FInancial advisors and wealth management firms use a variety of tools based in Modern portfolio theory to quantify investment ...
  98. 5 Things That Are Hard To Do With Bad Credit

    When your credit score slumps, many other things in your life can also start to slide downward. How to recognize the situation ...
  99. Is Quantitative Easing Destroying The Euro?

    Quantitative easing being undertaken by the ECB to stabilize the Eurozone economies is sure to have some impact in decreasing ...
  100. How The Islamic State (IS) Got Its Start

    Despite its relatively new emergence in radical Islamist terrorism, the Islamic State, or ISIS, has been around for nearly ...
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