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  1. Investing Basics

    Breaking Down Optimal Capital Structure

    An optimal capital structure shows the best balance of debt to equity a company can have in order to minimize its cost of capital.
  2. Economics

    Explaining Interest

    Interest is the price charged to borrow money, and is typically expressed as a percentage of the principal, or the amount loaned.
  3. Stock Analysis

    Intel Bets Big on Quantum Computing

    Computers capable of "learning" to manage the unprecedented amount of data collected today, the associated analytics required, and the growing Internet of Things market are quickly becoming mainstream. ...
  4. Investing Basics

    What Happens in a Haircut?

    One meaning of haircut is the difference between prices at which a market maker can buy and sell a security.
  5. Economics

    Understanding Free Trade

    Free trade exists when nations can swap goods and services without the constraints of tariffs, duties or quotas.
  6. Stock Analysis

    Rio Tinto Legal Net Snares Big 4 Accounting Firm

    Don't get on the wrong side of mining giant Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO). In the long-running dispute over the vast iron ore deposit in the Simandou mountains of Guinea in west Africa, the Australian miner is ...
  7. Investing Basics

    Explaining Delivery Versus Payment

    Delivery versus payment is a common procedure for settling the exchange of securities.
  8. Retirement

    What's a Defined Contribution Plan?

    A defined contribution plan is a company retirement plan that specifies the amount of money contributed to it.
  9. Stock Analysis

    Nucor Approves Stock Buyback After Recent Sell-Off

    One month ago, steel mini-mill operator Nucor (NYSE: NUE) turned in an earnings report that showed it earning 15% less during the second quarter than it did last year. Despite the discouraging result, ...
  10. Stock Analysis

    Netflix Viewers Love the Original Content

    Despite the overall weakness in the market, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) shareholders have avoided much of the pain felt by many investors. As of this writing, its stock price has doubled year-to-date, an impressive ...
  11. Economics

    What Happens in a Default?

    Borrowers are in default when they don’t honor a debt, whether their failure is intentional or not.
  12. Stock Analysis

    Why Altria and Reynolds Will Save Billions

    U.S. tobacco companies stand to save billions of dollars soon, thanks to the expiration of the Tobacco Transition Payment Program. The government program, which compensated tobacco farmers for the deregulation ...
  13. Stock Analysis

    BlackBerry Makes Bold Bet on Security Business

    While BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) gets most of its media coverage for its handset business, that division has not been the key focus of the company for a long time. Instead, the company has been focusing ...
  14. Stock Analysis

    Infloblox Trades Down After Q4 2015 Report

    On Thursday, network control solutions provider Infoblox (NYSE: BLOX) released fourth quarter and full-year fiscal 2015 results indicating that it did better than many expected. For the quarter, net revenue ...
  15. Stock Analysis

    The Fresh Market Takes Stock With New CEO

    For nearly eight long months, natural foods grocer The Fresh Market (NYSE: TFM) has been without a permanent chief executive officer -- that changed this week. In January, the company announced CEO Craig ...
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