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  1. 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.
  2. Can Investors Trust The P/E Ratio?

    The P/E ratio is one of the most popular stock market ratios, but it has some serious flaws that investors should know about. ...
  3. The Common-Size Analysis Of Financial Statements

    Using common-size financial statements helps investors spot trends that a raw financial statement may not uncover.
  4. How To Trade The News

    Regardless of your investing horizon, learning to trade the news is an essential skill for astute portfolio management and ...
  5. The Market Value Versus Book Value

    Understanding the difference between book value and market value is a simple yet fundamentally critical component of any ...
  6. Evaluate Stock Price With Reverse-Engineering DCF

    This is a more accurate method to use when trying to find a target price for a stock.
  7. Analyzing Blue-Chip Stocks

    To find a good value on a blue-chip stocks, look for companies with strong fundamentals, appropriate levels of debt and competitive ...
  8. Introduction To Momentum Trading

    This trading style offers major profit potential thanks to the powerful way in which momentum can drive a stock.
  9. Cash Flow Statement: Reviewing The Cash Flow From Operations

    A company's ability to consistently generate positive cash flows from its daily business operations is highly valued by investors. ...
  10. Technical Vs. Fundamental Investing - Friends Or Foes?

    Making money in the stock market has been likened to gambling by some, but experienced investors who do their homework usually ...
  11. Reviewing Assets On The Balance Sheet

    A firm uses its assets to generate sales and bottom-line profits for shareholders. A healthy company will continually grow ...
  12. Introduction To Fundamentally Weighted Index Investing

    If you believe the market smiles on those who focus on value, growth or income, this vehicle may be for you.
  13. How To Analyze The Transportation Industry

    By gaining an awareness of the transportation firms and trends that affect these players, investors can gain an edge by analyzing ...
  14. Financial Analysis: Solvency Vs. Liquidity Ratios

    Solvency and liquidity are equally important for a company's financial health. A number of financial ratios are used to measure ...
  15. An Introduction To Coverage Ratios

    Interest coverage ratios help determine a company's ability to pay down its debt.
  16. Investing In Healthcare Facilities

    Read on to learn about how to value heathcare sector stocks.
  17. Don't Let Stock Prices Fool You

    Find out why a stock with a six-figure share price can still be a good value.
  18. Oil And Gas Industry Primer

    Before jumping into this hot sector, learn how these companies make their money.
  19. Analyzing An Acquisition Announcement

    These deals can make or break investors' returns. Find out how to tell the difference.
  20. A Primer On The MACD

    Learn to trade in the direction of short-term momentum.
  21. Yield Investing: Dividend, Earnings And FCF

    There are numerous ways to value investments, and many investors prefer a specific valuation method. Yield investing is one ...
  22. Top 4 Most Scandalous Insider Trading Debacles

    Here we look at some of the landmark incidents of insider trading.
  23. How To Value An Insurance Company

    In the insurance space, accurate predictions of metrics such as ROE are important, and paying a low P/B can help put the ...
  24. Introduction To STRIPS

    STRIPS provide an alternative form of bond for fixed-income investors who need definite cash flows at specific times. Read ...
  25. Cashing In On Corporate Restructuring

    Companies use M&As and spinoffs to boost profits - learn how you can do the same.
  26. Equity Valuation: The Comparables Approach

    The main purpose of equity valuation is to estimate a value for a firm or security. There are three primary equity valuation ...
  27. Understanding Leverage Ratios

    Large amounts of debt can cause businesses to become less competitive and, in some cases, lead to default. To lower their ...
  28. Understanding Profit Metrics: Gross, Operating and Net Profits

    Rather than relying solely on net profit figures to evaluate a company's performance, seasoned investors will often look ...
  29. How Now, Dow? What Moves The DJIA?

    Find out how this index tracks market movements and where it falls short.
  30. Arbitrage Squeezes Profit From Market Inefficiency

    This influential strategy capitalizes on the relationship between price and liquidity.
  31. What Type Of Trader Are You?

    There are different ways stock traders attempt to profit from market movements. Which of the strategies do you use?
  32. Interpreting A Company's IPO Prospectus Report

    Learn to decipher the secret language of the IPO prospectus report - it can tell you a lot about a company's future.
  33. Consumer Spending As A Market Indicator

    What people buy and where they shop can provide valuable information about the economy.
  34. Depreciation: Straight-Line Vs. Double-Declining Methods

    Appreciate the different methods used to describe how book value is "used up".
  35. Invest Like Buffett: Building A Baby Berkshire

    Get a piece of Warren Buffett's profit by using Form 13F to coattail his picks.
  36. Trading Is Timing

    Learn how to make gains even if you don't get in at the right time.
  37. Warding Off Hostile Takeovers

    The purpose of this article is to provide a general overview of hostile corporate takeovers, while highlighting a general ...
  38. 10 Golf Tips To Help Investors Tee Off

    There are a lot of similarities between golf and investing. Find out how to keep your game out of the rough.
  39. Becoming A Chartered Market Technician

    The CMT certification involves three tough exams. Find out what you need to do in order to pass.
  40. Differences Between Forward P/E And Trailing P/E

    The most common types of price to earnings ratios are forward P/E and trailing P/E. Find out how they differ and the advantages ...
  41. Candlestick Charting: What Is It?

    Discover the components and basic patterns of this ancient technical analysis technique.
  42. The Basics Of A Financial Analysis Report

    Running financial analysis on a company or industry is a key skill every investor must learn and understand how to undertake ...
  43. Forex: Demo Before You Dive In

    All trading platforms have benefits and drawbacks - master the fake trade before making a real one.
  44. How To Use Price-To-Sales Ratios To Value Stocks

    Take a look at how this effective ratio can be influenced by certain critical factors.
  45. Build A Dividend Portfolio That Grows With You

    Balance risk and return to produce adequate income despite inflation.
  46. Breaking Down The Fed Model

    Learn what pundits mean when they say that stocks are undervalued according to the Fed model.
  47. How To Outperform The Market

    Active trading is an investing style that aims to beat the market. Find out how it works, and whether it will work for you. ...
  48. Everything Investors Need To Know About Earnings

    We go over the concepts behind the excitement over the most important figure in the stock market.
  49. Understanding Small- And Big-Cap Stocks

    If you don't realize how big small-cap stocks can be, you'll miss some good investment opportunities.
  50. Which Mutual Fund Market Cap Suits You?

    Different funds invest in companies with different market caps. Find out which is right for you.
  51. How To Identify A Micro-Cap Scam

    Discover how to distinguish a real investment opportunity from a fraudulent one.
  52. Finding Undiscovered Stocks

    Wall Street tends to focus on large cap stocks, leaving other stocks under-followed and undervalued.
  53. Build A Model Portfolio With Style Investing

    This sophisticated approach will add flair to your returns.
  54. Market Capitalization Defined

    Find out the differences between mega-, large-, mid- and small-cap stocks and how each suits different investing styles. ...
  55. Small Caps Boast Big Advantages

    Find out why little companies have the greatest potential for growth.
  56. Tips For Controlling Investment Losses

    A profit/loss plan helps investors recognize mistakes and invest logically, rather than emotionally.
  57. How To Find P/E And PEG Ratios

    If these numbers have you in the dark, these easy calculations should help light the way.
  58. How To Make A Winning Long-Term Stock Pick

    Discover the key elements of a good long-term investment and how to find them.
  59. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 4

    How can a trader use the Elder-Ray oscillator as the second screen of this system? Find out here.
  60. Venturing Into Early-Stage Growth Stocks

    Picking these potential winners is all about sizing up risk. We show you how.
  61. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 2

    Market tide is the basis for making trading decisions in this three-part system.
  62. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 1

    Learn to take advantage of both trend-following and oscillator techniques to analyze your trading decisions.
  63. Writing Down Goodwill

    Goodwill represents an acquisition amount over and above what the purchased firm’s net assets are deemed to be valued at ...
  64. Do Your Investments Have Short-Term Health?

    If a company is strong enough to survive tough times, it is more likely to provide long-term value.
  65. Benckiser Buys More Of The Coffee Business (CBOU, SBUX, RBGPY, KRFT)

    Reimann family holding company is paying $340 million for Caribou Coffee, and paid $1 billion for Peet's in July. Is it looking ...
  66. Spotting Profitability With ROCE

    This straightforward ratio measures whether a company is efficient, money-making or neither.
  67. Finding Solid Buy-And-Hold Stocks

    Find out how to look at the big picture - even when the market's short-term outlook is less than rosy.
  68. Analyze Cash Flow The Easy Way

    Find out how to analyze the way a company spends its money to determine whether there will be any money left for investors. ...
  69. Analyzing Retail Stocks

    To analyze retail stocks, investors need to be aware of the most common metrics used. Find out what they are.
  70. Digging Into Book Value

    This calculation will serve up your portion of the shareholder pie.
  71. The World's Most Valuable Private Companies

    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in ...
  72. Securitizing Your Health With ACOs

    ACOs have the components required to securitize. Can your health become an instrument that can be traded?
  73. Trade On Support For The Best Exit Strategy

    Find your sound exit strategy based on support and resistance levels, while understanding the psychology behind them.
  74. Evaluating Retained Earnings: What Gets Kept Counts

    A company's retained earnings matter. Be investment-savvy and learn how to analyze this often overlooked information.
  75. Useful Balance Sheet Metrics

    These metrics can help you better understand the information found on balance sheets.
  76. Understanding Pro-Forma Earnings

    These figures can either shed light on a company's performance or skew it. Find out why.
  77. Introduction To The Arms Index

    Developed in 1967 by Richard Arms, this volume-based breadth indicator can be applied over various time periods.
  78. Small Cap Research Can Have A Big Impact

    Don't rely on Wall Street analysts for information on these stocks.
  79. DCF Valuation: The Stock Market Sanity Check

    Calculate whether the market is paying too much for a particular stock.
  80. Analyzing Operating Margins

    Find out how to put this important component of equity analysis to work for you.
  81. Fundamental Speed: The "Duck-And-Jab" Approach To Forex

    By using economic releases in a timely way, buyers can beat the "big players" without endless chart analysis.
  82. Evaluating A Statement Of Cash Flows

    The metrics for the Statement of Cash Flows is best viewed over time.
  83. 3 Industry-Impacting Innovations On The Horizon

    Here are some industry-impacting innovations that could potentially belong in the famed Carousel of Progress.
  84. The Importance Of Other Comprehensive Income

    Understanding and analyzing OCI greatly improves financial analysis, especially for financial companies.
  85. A Primer On Investing In The Tech Industry

    The tech sector can provide fantastic returns for investors with a little know-how in the field.
  86. How To Evaluate A Micro-Cap Company

    Learn how to think big by investing in smaller stocks.
  87. Trading Failed Breaks

    Learn how to capitalize on the predictable behavior of others during breakouts and breakdowns.
  88. The Advantages Of Investing In Aggressive Companies

    Often the most attractive companies are also a little fierce - learn how to spot healthy corporate aggression.
  89. 3 Great Business Battles

    Here are some U.S. companies that have historically competed with one another for market supremacy.
  90. Use The Momentum Strategy To Your Advantage

    Learn how to use a number of different indicators to know when to make your trading moves.
  91. 6 Decisions That Cost Companies Millions

    Here are some of the worst business decisions of all time, made across a broad range of sectors and industries.
  92. Growth Doesn't Matter For Mid Caps

    Featuring the right amount of growth and stability, mid caps represent a great opportunity to play the marketplace.
  93. Did ETFs Cause The Flash Crash?

    On May 6, 2010, the DJIA plunged 998.5 points in twenty minutes. Find out more about what happened that day.
  94. What Are A Stock's "Fundamentals"?

    The investing world loves to talk about fundamentals, but do you know what it means?
  95. Your Futures Are In Good Hands With CTAs

    Profit from up, down and sideways markets with commodity trading advisors.
  96. 3 Of History’s Largest Acquisitions

    The largest acquisition of 2011 was barely one-sixth the size of the largest from a dozen years ago. Find out what they were. ...
  97. Finding The Best Buyer For Your Small Business

    Learn more about the process business owners go through to seal a merger or acquisition deal.
  98. Beware Of Bad Companies That Won't Die

    Lousy companies can live on for quite a long time, sucking in investors' hopes and capital.
  99. The Daily Routine Of A Swing Trader

    From pre-market to after hours, see what you need to do to capture gains quickly.
  100. Losing To Win

    Adopting realistic expectations is essential to staying in the trading game.
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