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  1. A Clear Look At EBITDA

    This measure has its benefits, but it can also present earnings through rose-colored glasses.
  2. Spot Hotshot Penny Stocks

    Don't flip a coin to find your next investment.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. ...
  5. 5 Rules For Picking Great Day Trade Entries

    The following five rules will help traders find high profit potential, low risk, intra-day trades.
  6. Measuring Company Efficiency

    Three useful indicators for measuring a retail company's efficiency are its inventory turnaround times, its receivables and ...
  7. 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.
  8. 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 ...
  9. Western Line Vs. Candlestick Charting

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

    Follow along with one of ChartAdvisor's failed trades and learn from our mistakes.
  11. 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. ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. Sector Rotation: The Essentials

    We look at how the market signals impending economic cycles and sector performance during each stage.
  15. 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. ...
  16. 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.
  17. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 3

    Learn about market wave, the second screen in this three-part system.
  18. 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 ...
  19. Triangles: A Short Study In Continuation Patterns

    Learn how to read these formations of horizontal trading patterns.
  20. Strategies For Trading Fibonacci Retracements

    Investopedia explains Fibonacci retracements--based on the elegant "golden" ratio--and how the levels are derived.
  21. 3 Ways Price Momentum Can Burn Your Portfolio

    Momentum traders are always trying to ride the herd. In these three situations, however, they may end up getting trampled. ...
  22. 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.
  23. How To Do Qualitative Analysis On Biotech Companies

    These analytical methods will help you size up a biotech company and make a winning investment.
  24. 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. ...
  25. 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.
  26. The Ups And Downs Of Investing In Cyclical Stocks

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

    Don't let your clients go down with ship! Learn how to escape sinking with these tips.
  28. 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. ...
  29. 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.
  30. How the Acid Test Helps You

    The acid test measures a company’s short-term liquidity.
  31. The Getty Oil Takeover Fiasco

    It was the largest takeover in history and one of the most dramatic. Learn all about the fate of Getty Oil.
  32. Charting Your Way To Better Returns

    Learn about the powerful hybrid techniques that take advantage of both technical and fundamental analysis.
  33. The Changing Role Of Equity Research

    Research creates a division of labor that makes the market more efficient. Learn how its role has changed.
  34. Using Trading Indicators Effectively

    Select multiple indicators, avoid information overload and optimize indicators to effectively use technical analysis tools. ...
  35. Asset Allocation: The First Step Toward Profit

    Understanding the different asset classes is an essential part of portfolio diversification.
  36. 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, ...
  37. The Working Capital Position

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

    Take a deeper look at a company's profitability with the help of profit margin ratios.
  39. 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 ...
  40. The Alphabet Soup Of Stocks

    Are the countless stock categories leaving you puzzled? Here we help you sort through the confusion.
  41. 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.
  42. So You Wanna Buy A Franchise?

    Franchises are growing more popular with entrepreneurs. Here's why and what to expect from them.
  43. 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.
  44. The 4 Basic Elements Of Stock Value

    Investors use these four measures to determine a stock's worth. Find out how to use them.
  45. Advanced Channeling Patterns: Wolfe Waves and Gartleys

    Discover how these provide the trader with insight into both the timing and scope of breakouts.
  46. 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. ...
  47. 3 Technical Tools To Improve Your Trading

    Find out how volume, the Aroon indicator and Fibonacci numbers can improve your profits.
  48. Investing In Natural Gas? Eye ETFs, Seasonality

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

    Hydraulic fracturing — otherwise known as fracking — is a hot topic. But how to invest in this trend?
  50. 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 ...
  51. Getting On The Right Side Of The P/E Ratio Trend

    Buying at the right time is crucial, but how do we know when that is?
  52. Getting A Secured Credit Card

    Because these cards target consumers with difficulty getting credit, be extra careful to avoid predatory lenders when you ...
  53. What The Dow Means And Why We Calculate It The Way We Do

    Investors worldwide refer to the Dow every single day, but do you know why we use that formula?
  54. Questions For U.S. Stock ETF Bulls

    Most people are aware of the crash in 1929. Yet many may not be aware of the government stimulus in 1933 that helped the ...
  55. Use The Percentage Price Oscillator: The "Elegant Indicator" For Picking Stocks

    Technical analysis is basically an attempt to disprove the credo that "Past performance is not indicative of future results." ...
  56. Finding The Trend With Aroon

    Don't be confused about whether a long-term trend will continue, stall or reverse.
  57. Great Company Or Growing Industry?

    Look at the big picture when choosing a company - what you see may really be a stage in its industry's growth.
  58. Selling Premium As Small Caps Play Catch Up

    In our recent article we pointed out a divergence between the small cap Russell 2000 and the S&P 500. However, the divergence ...
  59. Understanding Leveraged Buyouts

    LBOs are often presented as predatory by the media, but it really depends on which side of the deal you're on.
  60. MACD Histogram Helps Determine Trend Changes

    Learn how this momentum indicator is used to determine price action on a stock.
  61. Georges Doriot And The Birth Of Venture Capital

    Venture capital has been around for centuries, but Georges Doriot turned it into a structured field of investment.
  62. 3 Key Signs Of A Market Top

    Learn the best ways to foresee market corrections and how to profit from them.
  63. Warren Buffett's Bear Market Maneuvers

    This esteemed investor rarely changes his long-term investing strategy, no matter what the market does.
  64. 7 Ways To Consolidate Debt

    Different loan sources to use when you consolidate debt.
  65. How Return On Equity Can Help You Find Profitable Stocks

    It pays to invest in companies that generate profits more efficiently than their rivals. This is where ROE comes in.
  66. Fracking Can't Happen Without These Companies

    With all the attention paid to fracking, what is are the good investment opportunities? Are the companies that extract oil ...
  67. How Fracking Affects Natural Gas Prices

    Whatever you think of fracking, it has done one thing: kept the price of natural gas from increasing any more than it has.
  68. Four-Week Rule Boosts Winning Trades

    Acquaint yourself with an indicator that played a role in the early development of technical analysis.
  69. Using Home Equity Loans For Debt Consolidation

    A home equity loan or line of credit is a convenient way to consolidate debts, cut your interest rate and gain a tax deduction. ...
  70. Why You Should Invest In This Vibrant Asian Nation

    Other than tourism and a recent military coup, what's there for investors to know about Thailand? Plenty.
  71. 4 Leverage Ratios Used In Evaluating Energy Firms

    These four leverage ratios can help investors understand how oil and gas firms are managing their debt.
  72. Strip Options: A Market Neutral Bearish Strategy

    Strip Options are market neutral trading strategies with profit potential on either side price movement, with a "bearish" ...
  73. Strap Options: A Market Neutral Bullish Strategy

    Strap Options are a market neutral trading strategy with profit potential on either side price movement, and with a "bullish" ...
  74. How Do You Use Stock Simulators?

    Stock market simulators let you pick securities, make trades and track the results-all without risking a penny.
  75. Day Trading: Impoverishing Dilettantes Since 1990

    Operating a day-trading account is like owning thoroughbreds or an America’s Cup team. You can't just enter the arena with ...
  76. Why Apple On The Prowl Is A Good Sign

    While Apple's pending deal to buy Beats Electronics might be upsetting its acolytes, the move is far from an act of desperation. ...
  77. Fundamental Investment Metrics For Buying Stocks And Bonds

    Don't let the name fool you. Even a "fundamental" investor has to pay attention to certain metrics.
  78. An Introduction To Dark Pools

    Dark pools are an ominous-sounding term for private exchanges or forums for trading securities; unlike stock exchanges, dark ...
  79. The Perils Of Program Trading

    The increasing use of program trading makes market glitches inevitable - and sometimes disastrous.
  80. Overbought Or Oversold? Use The Relative Strength Index To Find Out

    The Relative Strength Index comes in handy when identifying areas that are potentially overbought or oversold.
  81. The Four Most Commonly-Used Indicators In Trend Trading

    Here are the top indicators and tools trend traders use to establish when trends exist and to find entry/exit points.
  82. For Individual Investors, These May Be The Best Of Times

    The raging debate on high frequency trading may lead the average retail investor to think that he/she continues to get a ...
  83. Use Knock-Out Options To Lower The Cost of Hedging

    Unlike a plain-vanilla call or put option where the only price defined is the strike price, a knock-out option has to specify ...
  84. The Odd Lot Theory: Betting That Small Investors Are Wrong

    The odd lot theory is a largely discredited proposition that small investors are usually wrong and that doing the exact opposite ...
  85. The Most Accurate Way To Gauge Returns: The Compound Annual Growth Rate

    The compound annual growth rate, or CAGR for short, represents one of the most accurate ways to calculate and determine returns ...
  86. Understanding the "Hanging Man": The Optimistic Candlestick Pattern

    A hanging man is a candlestick pattern that hints at the reversal of an uptrend. The candlestick is recognizable by a small ...
  87. Use The McClellan Oscillator To Measure Market "Breadth"

    How broad is the market? And, once we answer that question, how can we use that answer to our advantage?
  88. How To Use The Chaikin Oscillator To Your Advantage

    How best to reconcile increasing or decreasing volume with price fluctuations? No one has a definitive answer, but Marc Chaikin ...
  89. How Traders Can Utilize CCI (Commodity Channel Index) To Trade Stock Trends

    Use the Commodity Channel Index (CCI) to enter and exit price trends.
  90. Four Breakout Stocks To Watch

    These biotechnology and pharmaceutical stocks continue to put in new highs, but indicators are diverging.
  91. The 4 R's Of Investing In Retail

    In retail, successfully managing return on investment (ROI) and other financial indicators is the key to a healthy business. ...
  92. Assess Shareholder Wealth With EPS

    Find out if management is doing its job of creating profit for investors.
  93. Understanding The Cash Conversion Cycle

    Find out how a simple calculation can help you uncover the most efficient companies.
  94. Investing in Leveraged Buyouts (LBOs): Know the Risks

    Leveraged buyouts allow investors to make large acquisitions without committing a lot of capital. But LBOs carry big risks ...
  95. Financial Markets: Random, Cyclical Or Both?

    Are the markets random or cyclical? It depends on who you ask. Here, we go over both sides of the argument.
  96. Cash Flow Statement: Analyzing Cash Flow From Financing Activities

    The financing activity in the cash flow statement measures the flow of cash between a firm and its owners and creditors.
  97. Comparing The P/E, EPS And Earnings Yield

    P/E may be the established standard for valuation purposes, but the earnings yield is especially useful for comparing potential ...
  98. Cash Flow Statement: Analyzing Cash Flow From Investing Activities

    Reviewing investment activity is one of the most important exercises an individual can do to see how efficiently a company's ...
  99. If Kennedy, Eisenhower, Alexander the Great Et Al Were Leaders in Finance

    Would Eisenhower, Roosevelt and Kissinger have made good corporate executives? What about Alexander the Great?
  100. The Optimal Use Of Financial Leverage In A Corporate Capital Structure

    The amount of debt and equity that makes up a company's capital structure has many risk and return implications.
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