Ryan C. Fuhrmann

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  1. Investing Basics

    Analysis of Companies with high goodwill

    High goodwill as a percentage of market cap can actually be a big red flag--it potentially means the company botched a major acquisition.
  2. Credit & Loans

    How Sallie Mae Affects Student Loans

    Sallie Mae, which has financed many a college education, originally was a federally chartered government sponsored enterprise. Now, it does private loans.
  3. Investing Basics

    Hedge Fund Fees: Exotic Expenses

    Warren Buffett made a bet with Protégé Partners, a fund of funds hedge fund manager, that the S&P500 would beat a group of hedge fund managers selected by Protégé. The bet officially started on January ...
  4. Investing

    5 Expensive Music Licensing Deals

    TV producers paid a pretty penny to have these songs used on their shows and commercials.
  5. Investing Basics

    Why is the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) misleading ...

    The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) measures the return on an investment over a certain period of time. Below is an overview of some of its limitations.
  6. Personal Finance

    5 Best Beach Towns To Buy Property In

    These locales offer vacation homeowners scenic views and plenty of amenities. The home prices can't be beat either.
  7. Investing Basics

    What is the formula for calculating compound annual growth ...

    The concept of CAGR is relatively straightforward and requires only three primary inputs: an investments beginning value, ending value, and the time period.
  8. Investing Basics

    Why does after-hours trading (AHT) exist?

    The advent of the Internet and electronic information exchanges has opened financial market trading to millions of investors throughout the world.
  9. Each year for nearly half a century, Berkshire Hathaway has provided an annual letter to shareholders that discusses the gains it has produced for holders of its common stock.
    Fundamental Analysis

    Balance Sheet: Analyzing Owners' Equity

    Analyzing owners’ equity is an important analytics tool, but it should be done in the context of other tools such as analyzing the assets and liabilities on the balance sheet.
  10. Personal Finance

    5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

    These are the most expensive paintings ever.
  11. Many stock research tools are free.
    Investing Basics

    Popular Resources for Equity Research and Analysis: A Tutorial

    This tutorial offers details on the most popular resources for equity research and analysis.
  12. Economics

    Lessons Learned From the Banking Crisis

    There are lessons to be learned on how to handle severe financial downturns, and while the Fed is learning, politicians may not be.
  13. Personal Finance

    World's Most Expensive Theme Parks

    Here's a list of the theme parks that cost the most to visit for a single day.
  14. Personal Finance

    5 Wealthiest U.S. Presidents

    These presidents earned money not just from their time in office, but outside investments as well.
  15. Personal Finance

    5 Jobs Being Outsourced

    A growing proportion of the population is wondering whether it makes sense for companies to send, or at least create, new jobs overseas.
  16. Personal Finance

    Top 5 Campuses In The U.S.

    Here is an overview of five American campuses that tend to rank highly in annual surveys.
  17. By interpreting a solvency ratio, an analyst or investor can gain insight into how likely a company will be to continue meeting its debt obligations.
    Fundamental Analysis

    Analyzing Investments With Solvency Ratios

    Solvency ratios are extremely useful in helping analyze a firm’s ability to meet its long-term obligations; but like most financial ratios, they must be used in the context of an overall company analysis.
  18. Investing Basics

    How To Invest In Private Companies

    It can be tough to invest in a company that doesn't trade on an exchange, but there are also several advantages.
  19. Fundamental Analysis

    Explaining Amortization In The Balance Sheet

    Amortization is important to account for intangible assets. Read to find out more about amortization.
  20. Fundamental Analysis

    How To Value An Internet Stock

    An academic study, published several years after the peak of the dot-com bubble in March 2000, accurately described just how whacky internet valuations grew until the bubble burst. The study's first sentence ...
  21. Personal Finance

    The Most Expensive Bottles Of Alcohol

    Here's a rundown of the most expensive bottles of wine, scotch and beer.
  22. Credit & Loans

    Companies Offering Debt Consolidation

    Debt consolidation companies might be the answer for the 35% of Americans who have some debt that has moved past due and is in a collections status.
  23. Learning to analyze green chip stocks could end up being profitable for both customers and shareholders.
    Fundamental Analysis

    Challenges Faced When Analyzing Green Chip Stocks

    The fact that a green chip is not yet a blue chip should not alarm investors, but they need to be aware of the differences and challenges that can arise from assuming these are durable companies with sustainable ...
  24. Sectors

    Who are Amgen Inc.'s (AMGN) main competitors?

    Biotech giant Amgen (AMGN) list of competitors is lengthy and formidable. Learn the major companies Amgen competes with.
  25. Investing Basics

    What was the most notable hostile takeover of all time?

    The drama of the RJR Nabisco takeover and wide coverage make it one of the most notable takeovers in history.
  26. Investing Basics

    How Banks Set Interest Rates On Your Loans

    On the face of it, figuring out how a bank makes money is a pretty straightforward affair. A bank earns a spread on the money it lends out from the money it takes in as a deposit. The net interest margin ...
  27. Retirement

    An Analysis Of Social Security Benefits And Their Future

    Social Security is a significant driver of the US economy--as good a reason as any to make sure you understand it!
  28. Active Trading Fundamentals

    What are the main risks of after-hours trading?

    Trading outside of traditional stock market hours brings some unique risks that you should be aware of.
  29. Trading Strategies

    What trends and data influence after-hours traders the most?

    Learn about the specific information that after-hours traders review to influence their trading.
  30. Investing Basics

    During what time does after-hours trading (AHT) occur?

    A lot of buying and selling can be done outside of the traditional trading hours. Find out when after-hours trading starts and ends.
  31. Investing Basics

    What are some common traits of undervalued stocks?

    There are a few basic factors found in companies that are worth more than their current stock price.
  32. Investing Basics

    What's the most expensive stock of all time?

    This hedge fund will likely hold the title of "most expensive stock" for a very long time.
  33. Yahoo! Finance Vs. Google Finance
    Investing Basics

    Yahoo! Finance Vs. Google Finance: Which Should You Use?

    Thanks to sites like Yahoo Finance and Google Finance, millions of investors are able to analyze markets on their own.
  34. Active Trading

    What is the difference between shorting and naked shorting?

    Short selling involves borrowing shares of a company’s stock and selling it with the hopes it can be bought back at a later date at a lower value. The exercise is a way to profit from a fall in a ...
  35. Investing Basics

    The Role Of Speculators In The Commodity Market

    Contrary to popular belief, speculators are important for the market. Find out exactly what they do.
  36. Investing Basics

    Understanding The Top SEC filing forms

    It's easier than ever to keep track of your SEC filing status online.
  37. Investing Basics

    What does a high inventory turnover tell investors about ...

    Inventory turnover is an important metric for evaluating how efficiently a firm turns its inventory into sales.
  38. What Are The Best Real Estate REIT ETFs?
    Mutual Funds & ETFs

    What Are The Best Real Estate REIT ETFs?

    In a period of low interest rates, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) offer great income potential.
  39. Investing Basics

    Why is it sometimes better to use an average inventory figure ...

    For a couple of key reasons, average inventory can be a better and more accurate measure when calculating the inventory turnover ratio.
  40. Investing Basics

    How do you calculate working capital?

    The formula for calculating working capital is straightforward, but lends great insight into the shorter-term health of a firm.
  41. Investing Basics

    How do changes in working capital affect a company's cash ...

    Working capital represents the difference between a firm's current assets and current liabilities.
  42. Investing Basics

    How do you calculate return on equity (ROE)?

    Return on equity (ROE) is a ratio that provides investors insight into how efficiently a company (or more specifically, its management team) is managing the equity that shareholders have contributed to ...
  43. Investing Basics

    What are the main differences between return on equity (ROE) ...

    Return on equity (ROE) and return on assets (ROA) are two of the most important measures for evaluating how effectively a company's management team is managing the capital that shareholders entrust to ...
  44. Investing Basics

    What are the main differences between compound annual growth ...

    The compound annual growth rate (CAGR), measures the return on an investment over a certain period of time. The internal rate of return, or IRR, also measures investment performance but is more flexible ...
  45. Investing Basics

    Are companies with a negative return on equity (ROE) always ...

    Any metric that uses net income is basically nullified as an input when a company reports negative profits. Return on equity (ROE) is one such metric. However, not all companies with negative ROEs are ...
  46. Investing Basics

    How do I calculate the inventory turnover ratio?

    The inventory turnover ratio is a key measure for evaluating how efficient management is at managing company inventory and generating sales from it.
  47. A brief overview of how to provide from using call options in your portfolio.
    Options & Futures

    Three Ways to Profit Using Call Options

    A brief overview of how to provide from using call options in your portfolio.
  48. Options & Futures

    Three Ways to Profit Using Put Options

    A brief overview of how to profit from using put options in your portfolio.
  49. Fundamental investing is the bases for other types of investing
    Active Trading Fundamentals

    Fundamental Investment Metrics For Buying Stocks And Bonds

    Don't let the name fool you. Even a "fundamental" investor has to pay attention to certain metrics.
  50. CAGR is a basic and accurate gauge of measuring returns.
    Fundamental Analysis

    The Most Accurate Way To Gauge Returns: The Compound Annual ...

    The compound annual growth rate, or CAGR for short, represents one of the most accurate ways to calculate and determine returns for individual assets, investment portfolios and anything that can rise or ...
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