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  1. Investing

    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 ...
  2. Investing

    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 ...
  3. Retirement

    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 ...
  4. Investing

    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 ...
  5. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    4 Steps To Building A Profitable Portfolio

    This is a step-by-step approach to determining, achieving and maintaining optimal asset allocation.
  6. Stock Analysis

    5 Stocks Generating Cash

    Cash flow can at times be a more accurate performance measurement than reported earnings.
  7. Stock Analysis

    5 Stocks Sporting High Dividends

    Stocks that consistently pay dividends can be a source of stability for individual investors. Here are five worth a look.
  8. Stock Analysis

    5 Stocks Scraping Bottom

    Here are five stocks near their 52-week lows that have a chance to rebound and go from being losers to winners.
  9. Stock Analysis

    5 Stocks With Solid Cash Flow

    While a company's reported earnings may not tell the whole story, cash flow usually does.
  10. Stock Analysis

    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.
  11. Stock Analysis

    5 Stocks Hitting Bottom

    Making bets on stocks that have been driven down too far can be a great way to catch some of the next batch of winners.
  12. Stock Analysis

    5-Star Dividend Stocks

    Stocks that consistently pay sizable dividends offer important advantages to individual investors. Here are five worth a look.
  13. Stock Analysis

    Five Low P/E Stocks For Follow-Up

    Buying only low P/E stocks is a great way for the individual investor to get a leg up on the overall market. Here are five stocks that might be worth punching your ticket on.
  14. Stock Analysis

    5 Book Value Bargains

    On average, an entire portfolio of stocks purchased at low book values will likely do well.
  15. Stock Analysis

    Almost Family Worth A Look

    Almost Family definitely looks to have many qualities of an undervalued bargain at current prices.
  16. Stock Analysis

    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.
  17. Stock Analysis

    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.
  18. Active Trading

    Economic Moats: A Successful Company's Best Defense

    Find out why some companies thrive while others flounder.
  19. Stock Analysis

    Defend Against Deflation With Gold Short ETFs

    Investor and media attention has been focused on inflation concerns, but should investors really be preparing for deflation?
  20. Active Trading Fundamentals

    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 ...
  21. Investing

    How long does it take for a merger to go through?

    Corporate mergers and acquisitions can vary considerably in the time they take to be completed. There are a number of individual steps that need to be successfully completed by two public companies before ...
  22. Investing

    How are realized profits different from unrealized or so-called ...

    When buying and selling assets for profit, it is important for investors to differentiate between realized profits and gains, and unrealized or so-called "paper profits".Simply put, realized profits are ...
  23. Investing

    Why would a stock that pays a large, consistent dividend ...

    To understand the differences in volatility commonly seen in the stock market, we first need to take a clear look at exactly what a dividend-paying stock is and is not.Public companies and their boards ...
  24. Investing

    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 ...
  25. Investing

    Can someone who is not yet of legal age open a brokerage ...

    An underage person cannot open a brokerage account on his or her own. However, it is possible for an underage person to have a brokerage account with his or her own name attached to it, but in order for ...
  26. Investing

    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 ...
  27. Investing

    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 ...
  28. Options & Futures

    What is an evergreen provision and how does it affect shareholders?

    It is common for publicly-traded corporations to provide more than just regular salary compensation to their management and key personnel. Often, corporate boards will decide to provide special compensation ...
  29. Investing

    Why are the bid and ask quotes usually so far away from ...

    After-hours trading is defined as the exchange of securities outside of an exchange's specified regular trading hours (usually 9:30am to 4pm EST). After-hours trading occurs through an electronic communication ...
  30. Investing

    Why do people say that September is the worst month for ...

    Often in the financial media, you will hear people make reference to specific times of the week, month or year that typically provide bullish or bearish conditions.One of the historical realities of the ...
  31. Investing

    Is there any time I would want to have a zero-principal ...

    As a general rule, entering a zero principal mortgage, or what is commonly referred to as an "interest-only mortgage", is not in a home buyer's best interest. This is because an interest-only mortgage ...
  32. Investing

    How do I calculate how much I've gained or lost on a stock ...

    This may seem like a fairly simple question, but it can be confusing if you fail to break it down into the proper steps. Stock trades generate dollar profits and/or losses, which are measured in percentages. ...
  33. Investing

    What is the difference between a merger and a takeover?

    In a general sense, mergers and takeovers (or acquisitions) are very similar corporate actions - they combine two previously separate firms into a single legal entity. Significant operational advantages ...
  34. Investing

    Is it possible to lose all of your investment in an index ...

    There are few certainties in the financial world, but we can say that there is almost zero chance that any index fund could ever lose all of its value.There are a few reasons for this. First of all, virtually ...
  35. Investing

    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 ...
  36. Investing

    How do interest rate changes implemented by the Fed affect ...

    The actions of the Federal Reserve are closely followed by the investment community. Scores of analysts work to interpret the statements issued by the Fed and also attempt to predict any changes to interest ...
  37. Investing

    Stocks with high P/E ratios can be overpriced. Is a stock ...

    The short answer? No. The long answer? It depends.The price-to-earnings ratio (P/E ratio) is calculated as a stock's current share price divided by its earnings per share (EPS) for a twelve-month period ...
  38. Investing

    What is the difference between a company's book value per ...

    Book value and intrinsic value are two ways to measure the value of a company.In simple terms, book value is based on the value of total assets less the value of total liabilities - it attempts to measure ...
  39. Investing

    What parties are involved in the creation of an American ...

    An American depositary receipt (ADR) is a legal certificate issued by a recognized U.S. bank that represents a specific number of shares of a foreign corporation traded on a U.S. stock exchange. An ADR ...
  40. Investing

    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 ...
  41. Investing

    What do people mean when they say there is a "bubble" going ...

    A financial "bubble" refers to a situation where there is a relatively high level of trading activity on a particular asset class at price levels that are significantly higher than their intrinsic values. ...
  42. Trading Strategies

    What do the "BxA" numbers on my brokerage's trading screen ...

    The letters 'B' and 'A' in the notation BxA refer to bid and ask, respectively. When you look at online stock quote data, some sources will provide you with a feed of the bid and ask outstanding order ...
  43. Investing

    What is a stock-for-stock merger and how does this corporate ...

    First, let's be clear about what we mean by a stock-for-stock merger. When a merger or acquisition is conducted, there are various ways the acquiring company can pay for the assets it will receive. The ...
  44. Investing

    What does CHIPS UID mean?

    CHIPS UID stands for Clearing House Interbank Payments System Universal Identifier. This is just a fancy name for an electronic clearinghouse database system, which facilitates the transfer of funds from ...
  45. Investing

    How do central banks inject money into the economy?

    Central banks use several different methods to increase (or decrease) the amount of money in the banking system. These actions are referred to as monetary policy. While the Federal Reserve Board (the Fed) ...
  46. Trading Strategies

    How is spread calculated when trading in the forex market?

    First, remember that in the forex markets investors trade one currency for another. Therefore, currencies are quoted in terms of their price in another currency. In order to express this information easily, ...
  47. Investing

    What is the difference between arithmetic and geometric ...

    An arithmetic average is the sum of a series of numbers divided by the count of that series of numbers. If you were asked to find the class (arithmetic) average of test scores, you would simply add up ...
  48. Options & Futures

    I want to invest in equities, but I don't have much money. ...

    The short answer is "no" - you can buy a single share of any publicly traded company if you want to. Thus, if you have a small amount of money to invest, you can, in fact, buy a small number of shares ...
  49. Options & Futures

    What are the disadvantages of using net present value as ...

    While net present value (NPV) calculations are useful when you are valuing investment opportunities, the process is by no means perfect.The biggest disadvantage to the calculation of NPV is its sensitivity ...
  50. Active Trading Fundamentals

    What methods can be used to measure and profit from investor ...

    First of all, when people talk about investor sentiment, or market sentiment, they are referring to the aggregate attitude in the investment community. Essentially, investor sentiment is an approximate ...
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