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  1. From Grexit to Smart Beta: Investopedia's Top 10 Terms of 2015

    Did you see a unicorn in 2015? Many investors did in the shape of an Uber, Airbnb or Snapchat. If you didn’t know what a ...
  2. Warren Buffett and Berkshire's Productive Assets

    Here are some methods to measure whether an investment will be "productive."
  3. Playing The Strongest Small Cap Semiconductors (SOX, INTC)

    Semiconductor leadership in 2016 could have a powerful effect on small-caps in the broad technology sector
  4. 3 Waste Management Stocks That Outperformed Since 2010

    A look at three stocks in the environmental and waste management industry that have outperformed the market for the last ...
  5. A Closer Look at Starbucks

    Starbucks has had an outstanding run in recent years. But have its shares become too expensive for new shareholders?
  6. Amazon's 3 Key Financial Ratios (AMZN)

    Get insights into the important financial ratios behind the Amazon growth story, and understand the implications as the ratios ...
  7. 8 Blue Chip Stocks with Low P/E Ratios

    Discover why the price/earnings (P/E) ratio is important in determining the relative value of a stock and find out which ...
  8. Analyzing Home Depot's Return on Equity (ROE) (HD)

    Discover what Home Depot's return on equity (ROE) ratio says about the performance of the company and how it relates to historical ...
  9. A Quick Look at Rite Aid's History

    Discover the history of Rite Aid, the third-largest U.S. drugstore chain. Learn about a potential merger that could drastically ...
  10. 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. ...
  11. Asset Manager Ethics: Acting With Competence and Diligence

    Managers must make investment decisions based on their personal investment process, which in turn should be based on solid ...
  12. Understanding the Income Statement

    The best way to analyze a company—and figure out if it's worth investing in—is to know how to dissect its income statement. ...
  13. Common Interview Questions for Fixed Income Traders

    Discover a list of potential questions and answers commonly asked in job interviews for a candidate applying for a position ...
  14. Time to Bring Active Back into a Portfolio?

    While stocks have rallied since the economic recovery in 2009, many active portfolio managers have struggled to deliver investor ...
  15. The Best Financial Modeling Courses for Investment Bankers

    Obtain information, both general and comparative, about the best available financial modeling courses for individuals pursuing ...
  16. Where the Price is Right for Dividends

    There are two broad schools of thought for equity income investing: The first pays the highest dividend yields and the second ...
  17. Investing Opportunities as Central Banks Diverge

    After the Paris attacks investors are focusing on central bank policy and its potential for divergence: tightened by the ...
  18. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Pfizer Stock (PFE)

    Learn the biggest potential risks that may affect the price of Pfizer's stock, complete with a fundamental analysis and review ...
  19. Using Pivot Points For Predictions

    Learn one of the most common methods of finding support and resistance levels.
  20. PEG Ratio Nails Down Value Stocks

    Learn how this simple calculation can help you determine a stock's earnings potential.
  21. Is Caterpillar Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA?

    Learn about Caterpillar's suitability for a retirement portfolio. Does CAT have long-term viability? Find out if CAT is better ...
  22. How Gross Margin Can Make or Break Your Startup

    Find out how your startup's gross margin can impact your business, including why a mediocre margin may spell disaster for ...
  23. What’s the Difference Between Duration & Maturity?

    We look at the meaning of two terms that often get confused, duration and maturity, to set the record straight.
  24. Buy Penny Stocks Using the Wisdom of Peter Lynch

    Are penny stocks any better than playing penny slots in Vegas? What if you used the fundamental analysis principles of Peter ...
  25. Are Amazon Profits Here to Stay? (AMZN)

    Amazon is starting to look like a steadily profitable company. Is this really the case? Should investors even be hoping for ...
  26. What to Do When You Can't Repay Your Student Loans

    Student loans should be kept in good standing no matter what. Here are some tips on managing your loans.
  27. Are EM Stocks Finally Emerging?

    Many investors are looking at emerging market (EM) stocks and wonder if it’s time to step back in, while others wonder if ...
  28. Wal-Mart vs. Target: Which One Is A Bigger Threat To Amazon? (AMZN, WMT)

    Walmart and Target both revealed multi-year plans to grow their businesses. Which of these two retailers is the biggest threat ...
  29. Does Costco Have Room to Grow Its Margins?

    Costco has historically capped their margins well below industry standard. Might now be the time for them to raise them and ...
  30. 9 Tricks Of The Successful Forex Trader

    These steps will make you a more disciplined, smarter and, ultimately, wealthier trader.
  31. Operating Cash Flow: Better Than Net Income?

    Differences between accrual accounting and cash flows show why net income is easier to manipulate.
  32. Investment Banks: Not a Good Bet Right Now? (GS)

    Investment banks might appear safe to investors at the moment, but they're probably more dangerous than advertised.
  33. Analyzing Porter's 5 Forces on Facebook (FB)

    Read about how you can use Porter's five forces to analyze Facebook's competition. This simple methodology looks at several ...
  34. The Best Litmus Test Of A Company's Risk? The Acid Test

    The acid test measures a company’s short-term liquidity.
  35. The Three Things Most Good Stocks Have In Common

    Uncover the three things most good stocks have in common: performance, profitability and value.
  36. 4 Gambling Stocks that Outperformed Since 2010 (CHDN, MPEL)

    A look at four stocks in the casino and gambling industry that outperformed the market for the last five years.
  37. 3 Steps for Retirement Saving and Investing Habits

    We take a look at the choices we make today that our future selves would prefer not to be making, often faced by investors ...
  38. A Slowdown is Hitting Quest Diagnostics (DGX)

    Quest Diagnostics holds an interesting position in the healthcare value market, but the company faces a few challenges.
  39. What Markets Poised to Benefit if the Fed Waits?

    Late last month, the Fed reminded that a 2015 rate hike is still a possibility; there are certain segments of the market ...
  40. Why All of the World's Top 10 Companies Are American (AAPL, GOOL)

    The top 10 companies in the world by market capitalization are all American, but history shows that such dominance in the ...
  41. Is Qualcomm Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (QCOM)

    Find out if Qualcomm stock is an appropriate retirement investment based on stability and valuation. Is QCOM more suitable ...
  42. The Elements of a Perfect Momentum Trade

    Five technical elements build profits in high-risk momentum trading strategies.
  43. In Focus: Water Scarcity

    After a discussion, sponsored by CDP, we share the importance of water disclosure as it relates to businesses operating amid ...
  44. Are High Valuations In Silicon Valley Over?

    Silicon Valley valuations, which hit the roof earlier this year, are coming down to earth. What caused the rise? And, what ...
  45. Analyzing Porter's Five Forces on Apple (AAPL)

    Evaluate Apple's position in the marketplace by looking at it through the perspective of the Porter Five Forces Model for ...
  46. EMC's 2 Key Financial Ratios

    Read about some key financial ratios for EMC, including revenues and trading ratios. Learn about how EMC has a major ownership ...
  47. The Future of the Marijuana Industry in America

    Polls show that most Americans favor legalization, and studies on the use of medical marijuana have been promising. Should ...
  48. Starbucks' 6 Key Financial Ratios (SBUX)

    Discover the key financial ratios that are important when analyzing the financial health, profitability and efficiency of ...
  49. Should You Buy Apple Stock Right Now? Here's How to Decide (AAPL)

    Find out how to analyze Apple stock. What factors should investors consider? Learn how to determine how much Apple shares ...
  50. Why Contrarian Investing Is Not Very Smart

    Like most allegedly sure-fire methods in the investment industry, this one has its flaws too.
  51. Oracle's 4 Key Financial Ratios (ORCL)

    Learn about Oracle's sales growth rate, debt/equity ratio, return on equity and operating margin, and find out how they affect ...
  52. Apple Watch Poses "No Material Threat" To Fitbit, Says Fitbit CEO

    Examine the potential for marketplace competition between Fitbit and the Apple Watch in the rapidly growing consumer wearables ...
  53. Is the CAPE Ratio Predicting an Era of Low Returns?

    When the the CAPE ratio is high, as it is now, it can indicate a bubble economy nearing its peak. Are we headed towards another ...
  54. Investment Value Vs. Fair Market Value: How They Differ

    Learn about the differences between an asset's investment value and its fair market value, including why many think fair ...
  55. Berkshire Hathaway's 4 Key Financial Ratios (BRK.B, BRK.A)

    Read about the key financial ratios to analyze Berkshire Hathaway. Understand why Buffett likes companies with low debt/equity ...
  56. Petrobras Impact on the Brazilian Economy

    How the Petrobas scandal has shaken the Brazilian economy.
  57. 10 Tips For Running a Successful Airbnb Property

    How to run a successful Airbnb property with these 10 tips.
  58. 2 Of the Cheapest Large Cap Stocks to Buy (NOV, GPS)

    It might not be as exciting as owning a hot new tech company, but investing in an out of favor large-cap stock has some benefits.
  59. What Happens To Your Student Debt If You Die?

    What happens to student debt when you die? It all depends on the lending agency.
  60. Is There Any Upside Left for Walgreens?

    Walgreens is about to get much bigger, but does bigger equal better in this case?
  61. Advantages of Maintaining Low Working Capital

    Understand the benefits and advantages of maintaining low working capital as related to liquidity needs, capital allocation ...
  62. Schlumberger Stock: A Dividend Analysis (SLB)

    Examine the strength and potential of major oil service company Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB), considered to a solid dividend ...
  63. Samsung and Google: A Beautiful Friendship?

    Google and Samsung have more than a hardware/software relationship. These two technology giants have collaborated time and ...
  64. Who Are McDonald’s Main Competitors?

    Find out which companies are McDonald's closest competitors. Learn about the largest fast food chains in the world and which ...
  65. How Major League Baseball Makes Money

    Major League Baseball is big business. Let's take a look at where the money comes from.
  66. Johnson & Johnson Stock: A Dividend Analysis (JNJ)

    Explore a detailed analysis of Johnson & Johnson's dividend policy, and learn about the dividend policies of its competitors, ...
  67. How to Identify Mispriced Stocks

    Find out how to identify mispriced stocks. Learn about intrinsic and relative valuation methods based on fundamentals, and ...
  68. Yahoo To Use Google Search Results. Yes, Again.

    Can Google remain the world's top search engine forever? Yahoo's on-again, off-again agreement to offer Google search results ...
  69. General Electric Stock: A Dividend Analysis

    Read a detailed analysis of the dividend policy of General Electric Company, and explore a comparison of the dividend policies ...
  70. The Best 3 Dividend Stocks Under $5 (AUO, LYG)

    Discover three top dividend stocks trading under $5, the reasoning behind their stable dividends, and their unique positions ...
  71. Computing Historical Volatility in Excel

    We examine how annualized historical volatility is computed from daily log returns, variance and standard deviation.
  72. Calculating Net Present Value at Different Points Using Excel

    Calculating the net present value (NPV) of your investment projects using Excel.
  73. Chevron Stock: A Dividend Analysis (CVX)

    Discover a detailed analysis of Chevron's dividend policy, and learn about the dividend policies of its competitors Exxon ...
  74. High-Yield Corporate Bonds: Issuers and Investors

    High-yield bonds play a significant role in various investment portfolios. An examination of the issuers' and investors' ...
  75. Is it Time to Hedge Your Stock Portfolio?

    Recent weeks have seen stocks, credit and even emerging markets start to recover. Unfortunately, the gains haven’t been driven ...
  76. Wells Fargo Stock: A Dividend Analysis (WFC)

    Take a look at a fundamental analysis of Wells Fargo & Company as a potential investment in the banking industry, especially ...
  77. 3 Reasons HP Splitting into Two Companies is a Good Idea (HPQ)

    Learn about the Hewlett-Packard Company and why it has faced a declining business since 2010. Understand why it is splitting ...
  78. Top 10 Companies Owned By Amazon (AMZN)

    Learn about what has made Amazon so successful over the years. Learn about 10 of the most important companies that Amazon ...
  79. 3 Technical Indicators to Analyze the UWTI

    Learn about a trio of technical analysis indicators that can help UWTI investors improve their trading strategies and increase ...
  80. Is the Recent Pullback at Analog Devices a Buying Opportunity? (ADI)

    Learn about Analog Devices' valuation following a price drop. Find out whether the stock is cheap relative to its peers and ...
  81. ABInBev and SABMiller Merger: The Facts (BUD, TAP)

    Beer is a big business. In the United States, beer sales generated more that $101 billion in revenue.
  82. How to Avoid Stocks Full of Tourist Investors

    Tourist investors are short-term thinkers who invest in droves. Here are some steps to help you avoid tourist stocks.
  83. An Undiscovered Growth Stock for Your Portfolio (OFLX)

    Here's a boring business with the potential to yield big profits for investors.
  84. 5 Ways to Create a Bonus Structure for Your Small Business

    Understand what goes into a good small business bonus structure. Learn about how a small business can create a bonus structure ...
  85. Is Rite Aid (RAD) a Good Buy Right Now?

    Traders love Rite Aid. Does this mean it's a good buy for retail investors right now?
  86. Does the Dell/EMC Deal Make Financial Sense?

    Last week, Dell announced it would be buying IT provider EMC in a $67 billion deal, making it the largest technology deal ...
  87. Is Now the Right Time to Buy Gold Mining Stocks?

    Examine the current case for buying gold stocks, and learn the reasons why gold and mining stocks may be set to begin a new ...
  88. How Priceline Succeeds in China (PCLN)

    Learn about the unique marketing strategy that The Priceline, Group, Inc. has devised to gain access to the large travel ...
  89. 2 Thrift Conversions for Your Portfolio (CHFN, WBB)

    Buying the stocks of these boring little banks can lead to very exciting profits.
  90. Is Google Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA?

    Discover if Google is an appropriate investment for an IRA and whether it is more appropriate for a traditional IRA or a ...
  91. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Seadrill Stock (SDRL)

    Learn about some of the major risks of investing in Seadrill. Discover why the company is at risk for lower revenues due ...
  92. Quick Cash: 7 Smart (Legal) Ways to Get It

    You suddenly need money for an unexpected expense. What are the most effective, least financially damaging ways to get it?
  93. Is Now the Right Time to Buy Brazilian Stocks?

    Examine the current state of the economy of Brazil, and learn why there may be some reasons for investors to look for a rally ...
  94. How to Think About Seasonality Trends

    Investors benefit when company research incorporates seasonality trends that predict relative strength and weakness throughout ...
  95. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Boeing Stock

    Learn about the biggest risks faced by Boeing investors. How should investors think about cyclicality, debt, sales volumes ...
  96. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Netflix Stock

    Examine the current state of Netflix Inc., and learn about three of the major fundamental risks that the company is currently ...
  97. Investing in Lumber Liquidators? Read This First (LL)

    Find out what investors should know before buying Lumber Liquidators shares. Learn about Lumber Liquidators' financial performance ...
  98. What Seagate Gains by Acquiring Dot Hill Systems (STX, HILL)

    Examine the Seagate acquisition of Dot Hill Systems, and learn what Seagate is looking to gain by acquiring Dot Hill's software ...
  99. Procter & Gamble Restructures, Sheds 100 Brands (PG)

    All businesses face adversity, and Procter & Gamble is no exception. We take a look at recent developments affecting this ...
  100. How To Start Your Own Private Equity Fund

    Here's a how-to guide on starting on starting a private equity firm.
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