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  1. Taxes

    Explaining Progressive Tax

    A progressive tax is a levy in a tax system where the tax rate increases as the taxable base increases.
  2. Investing Basics

    Understanding Financial Instruments

    Financial instrument is a general term used to describe a monetary asset.
  3. Retirement

    Understanding Defined Benefit Pension Plans

    An employer-sponsored retirement plan where employee benefits are based on a formula using factors such as salary history and duration of employment.
  4. Economics

    What is Deadweight Loss?

    Mainly used in economics, deadweight loss can be applied to any deficiency caused by an inefficient allocation of resources.
  5. Fundamental Analysis

    How to Calculate a Coverage Ratio

    In broad terms, the higher the coverage ratio, the better the ability of the enterprise to fulfill its obligations to its lenders.
  6. Economics

    How to Do a Cost-Benefit Analysis

    The benefits of a given situation or business-related action are summed and then the costs associated with taking that action are subtracted.
  7. Economics

    Explaining the Cash Budget

    A cash budget is a plan for the inflows and outflows of cash for a business or an individual.
  8. Stock Analysis

    Will This Drug Beat Gilead to Market in NASH?

    A race of sorts is on between Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) and Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ICPT). In a bid to be the first to win approval for a medicine for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, ...
  9. Stock Analysis

    Energy Transfer Could Learn From Williams Cos.

    Recently, Williams Cos. (NYSE: WMB) announced that it would shell out $13.8 billion to acquire the remaining public shares in its subsidiary master limited partnership Williams Partners (NYSE: WPZ). With ...
  10. Stock Analysis

    Is Enterprise Product's Stock a Buy Today?

    To be a good investor over the long term, you have to do two things: 1) Buy rock-solid companies that have the potential to grow earnings and cash, and 2) buy them at a cheap price to ensure a better ...
  11. Active Trading Fundamentals

    What are the major barriers to entry for new companies in ...

    Find out why barriers to entry for U.S. drug companies are so high and how the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, inhibits competition in pharmaceuticals.
  12. Forex Strategies

    What's a good forex strategy to use when spotting a Wedge-shaped ...

    Find out more about the rising and falling wedge formations and how to implement a forex strategy when you spot these patterns in the currency market.
  13. Investing Basics

    Why should investors research the C-suite executives of ...

    Learn how C-suite officers affect shareholders; discover how the CEO impacts financial performance and why governance is so important for shareholders.
  14. Technical Indicators

    What is a "linear" exposure in Value at Risk (VaR) calculation?

    Learn how the value-at-risk (VaR) calculation is used for portfolios with linear risk as opposed to nonlinear risk, and understand the historical method for VaR.
  15. Active Trading Fundamentals

    What happens when a company defaults on its commercial paper ...

    Read about the possible consequences of a large corporation defaulting on its commercial paper obligations even though the instrument is unsecured.
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