Chris Gallant

Chris Gallant

Chris Gallant is an analyst and contributor for Investopedia. Chris graduated from the University of Alberta School of Business with a major in finance. Prior to joining Investopedia, Chris spent time working with the Alberta Ministry of Finance, taught Business classes at the undergraduate level and helped manage a charitable equity fund for the University of Alberta.

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  1. Entrepreneurship

    Economic Moats: A Strong Company's Best Defense

    Economic moats can protect companies from their competitors.
  2. FA Relevant

    4 Steps To Building A Profitable Portfolio

    This is a step-by-step approach to determining, achieving and maintaining optimal asset allocation.
  3. People

    What is an economic moat?

    The term economic moat, coined and popularized by Warren Buffett, refers to a business' ability to maintain competitive advantages over its competitors in order to protect its long-term profits and market ...
  4. Asset Allocation

    How can I prevent commissions and fees from eating up my ...

    First off, understand that there is no universal system regarding trading commissions charged by brokerage firms. Some charge rather steep fees for each trade, while others charge very little, depending ...
  5. Asset Allocation

    How does a stop-loss order work, and what price is used ...

    A stop-loss order, or stop order, is a type of advanced trade order that can be placed with most brokerage houses. The order specifies that an investor wants to execute a trade for a given stock, but only ...
  6. Alternative Investments

    What is securitization?

    Securitization is the process of taking an illiquid asset, or group of assets, and through financial engineering, transforming them into a security.A typical example of securitization is a mortgage-backed ...
  7. Financial Analysis

    When computing the PEG ratio for a stock, how is a company's ...

    Remember that the price/earnings to growth ratio (PEG ratio) is simply a given stock's price/earnings ratio (P/E ratio) divided by its percentage growth rate. The resulting number expresses how expensive ...
  8. Investing Strategy

    What is the difference between economic value added and ...

    Economic value added (EVA) is a performance measure developed by Stern Stewart & Co that attempts to measure the true economic profit produced by a company. It is frequently also referred to as "economic ...
  9. Retirement Living

    Is it easier to save for retirement if you start earlier ...

    In general, the earlier you start saving for retirement, the easier it will be to afford, given the number of financial obligations that tend to be incurred at that later period in your life. A closer ...
  10. Markets & Economy

    Does perfect competition exist in the real world?

    First, let's review what economic factors must be present in an industry with perfect competition: 1. All firms sell an identical product. 2. All firms are price-takers. 3. All firms have a relatively ...
  11. Stocks

    Five Low Price-To-Book Value Stocks

    Stocks with low price-to-book values tend to be safer, on average, than the overall market. Here's a look at five that may have potential to become enviable investments.
  12. Stocks

    Short The Canadian Housing Bubble

    Canada's housing bubble presents serious risks for would-be real estate buyers and opportunities for investors comfortable with short-selling.
  13. Stocks

    Sin Stocks: The Natural Choice

    Human nature compels people to undertake risky behavior, and it seems to have created a value opportunity with Vector Group.
  14. Investing Strategy

    Does a company's American depositary share equal one share ...

    American depositary shares (ADS) come into play when a foreign company wants its shares to trade on a major American exchange. Securities laws prevent foreign corporations that have shares trading in a ...
  15. Financial Analysis

    What is a typical day in the life of someone in M&A? How ...

    The life of a financial professional involved in the field of mergers and acquisitions can, like any line of work, vary considerably from person to person and from company to company. However, there are ...
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