Stephen D. Simpson, CFA

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  1. Professionals

    Buy Side Vs. Sell Side Analysts

    Find out the difference between these two Wall Street jobs.
  2. Personal Finance

    Texas Ratio Rounds Up Bank Failures

    This measure can help investors spot potential trouble in a bank's financials. Find out how.
  3. Economics

    Macroeconomics

    Find out everything you need to know about macroeconomics.
  4. Taxes

    My daughter would like to use some of her Roth IRA to pay ...

    This is a surprisingly complicated question, as it touches on the differences between traditional and Roth IRAs, as well as what counts as a "qualified education expense." Because Roth IRA contributions ...
  5. Economics

    Pharmaceutical Sector: Does The FDA Help Or Harm?

    We look at how the FDA affects the pharmaceutical industry, and how investors can avoid the pitfalls.
  6. Insurance

    A Checklist For Successful Medical Technology Investment

    Find an investment that will give your portfolio a shot in the arm.
  7. Markets

    Some Good News Is Bad News For Investors

    Some companies excel at announcing news that is bad for shareholders, but spinning it as good news.
  8. Retirement

    How To Start Saving For Retirement

    If you establish these money-saving habits and patiently allow your wealth to build, you will be taking some huge steps forward in making your financial future more secure.
  9. IPOs can be a great way to get in early, but these companies remind investors to be cautious when investing in new issues.
    Investing

    The Biggest IPO Flops

    IPOs can be a great way to get in early, but these companies remind investors to be cautious when investing in new issues.
  10. Active Trading

    Hard-To-Value Finisar Could Be In For Better Days (FNSR, ...

    Finisar should be poised to benefit from a telecom spending recovery.
  11. Active Trading

    5 Biggest Tech Losers For 2013 (MSFT, INTC, RIMM, HPQ)

    Here's look at what could be the big disappointments in tech in 2013.
  12. Professionals

    Unexpected Challenges For Self-Employed Finance Professionals

    Going solo in financial services can present a host of unexpected challenges.
  13. Personal Finance

    How Much Disaster Can Gold Hedge?

    Gold holds up well in the face of fear, but offers little in times of true collapse.
  14. Stock Analysis

    China Mobile's Many 4G Hurdles

    China Mobile holds a 60% share in a market of over a billion potential mobile phone subscribers. But that doesn't mean it'll be clear sailing as it seeks to roll out its new 4G service. There are tech, ...
  15. Stock Analysis

    Will New Orders Help National Oilwell Varco Change Course?

    Drilling for oil without products made by National Oilwell Varco would be like computing without the aid of an Intel or AMD processor. But as ubiquitous as the company's products are, investors are asking ...
  16. Stock Analysis

    How Oracle Will Face Its Coming Challenges

    Very few tech companies can do what Oracle Corp. has done, having grown revenue nearly 15% a year for the past decade, and finding iself bigger than Microsoft. That doesn't mean it can afford to ignore ...
  17. Stock Analysis

    Do Weak Growth And New Challenges Make Cisco A Value Trap? ...

    A frustrating reality of tech investing is that there's really no competition between growth and value. Absent growth, value seldom ever matters enough to move a stock. That's a problem for networking ...
  18. Qualcomm Well-Positioned To Weather The Storm
    Stock Analysis

    How Will Qualcomm Weather The Storm?

    Companies like Qualcomm Inc. that build critical smartphone components don't have the privilege of resting on their laurels. Worries about a high-end slowdown, competition and profitability in down-market ...
  19. Can Apple Sustain This Latest Rally?
    Stock Analysis

    Can Apple Sustain This Latest Rally?

    For Apple to grow annual revenue by just 1% it has to find almost 3 million new iPhone and iPad customers. Is that feasible?
  20. What Propels Microsoft From Here?
    Stock Analysis

    What Propels Microsoft From Here?

    Having beaten the market over the past year (and up more than 22%), Microsoft is no longer priced as though the company will never again grow its free cash flow.
  21. The fifth-largest U.S. bank by deposits and among the very best in terms of return on capital, U.S. Bancorp (USB) has been finding it more and more challenging to surpass expectations.
    Stock Analysis

    U.S. Bancorp Finds It Harder To Top Itself

    The fifth-largest U.S. bank by deposits and among the very best in terms of return on capital, U.S. Bancorp (USB) has been finding it more and more challenging to surpass expectations. It may be a good ...
  22. EMC Still Sluggish Amid A Tough Hardware Market
    Stock Analysis

    EMC Still Sluggish Amid A Tough Hardware Market

    Between lower guidance after the fourth quarter and the weak hardware results reported by IBM about a week ago, there was no particular reason to expect a strong quarter from EMC.
  23. Broadcom Paying A High Price To Stay In Mobile
    Stock Analysis

    Broadcom Paying A High Price To Stay In Mobile

    Financial results from Irvine, Calif.-based Broadcom remain frustrating. While its networking business is rolling and broadband is solid, it continues to pay the price for tilting at mobile windmills. ...
  24. Most banks remain stuck in a “hurry up and wait” holding pattern where pressure on net interest margins and weak lending growth constrain near-term earnings growth.
    Stock Analysis

    BB&T Looks For Loan Growth, Cost-Cuts To Drive Earnings

    Most banks remain stuck in a “hurry up and wait” holding pattern where pressure on net interest margins and weak lending growth constrains near-term earnings growth. BB&T (NYSE: BBT) certainly fits ...
  25. One of the real positives to the Wells Fargo story is that this is a fairly diverse business with a strong core franchise and a good capital position.
    Stock Analysis

    Wells Fargo In Good Shape, But The Street Knows It

    There are worse things than owning a quality well-run business that Wall Street knows is well-run, but it isn't often a source of major investment alpha. With that in mind, Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) continues ...
  26. J.P. Morgan is also among the leading credit card companies in the country, it is the largest Visa issuer in the country and one of the largest merchant acquirers as well.
    Stock Analysis

    Earnings Paper Cuts Impeding J.P. Morgan's Value

    J.P. Morgan is also among the leading credit card companies in the country, it is the largest Visa issuer in the country and one of the largest merchant acquirers as well.
  27.  Intel's efforts to engineer a second act have consumed considerable shareholder capital but have yet to show a lot for themselves.
    Stock Analysis

    Intel Working Through A Difficult Transition

    Chip giant Intel continues to work through a challenge that most leading tech companies fac in their corporate lives – what do you do when your bread-and-butter market has fundamentally changed?
  28. anomalies can appear, disappear and re-appear with almost no warning.
    Investing Basics

    Seven Market Anomalies Investors Should Know

    Though they're unpredictable and heavily contested, market anomalies can often work in an investor's favor.
  29. This approach will help investors sort out their priorities, allocate their time most effectively and balance out the need to keep a broad perspective with the equal need to maintain focus and attain a deep working knowledge.
    Fundamental Analysis

    You Can't Follow Everything: Managing Stock Research

    Don't suffer from paralysis by analysis; find out how to do an effective and manageable job of stock watching.
  30. Stock Analysis

    Ciena On A Roll With Carrier Spending Picking Up

    100G deployments are starting to drive the equipment market, putting Ciena back on a growth trajectory.
  31. Stock Analysis

    Gerdau Seeing Brazil Get Better, But U.S. Ops Are Struggling

    Gerdau has bright long-term prospects but today's valuation isn't much of a bargain.
  32. Stock Analysis

    Arch Capital Is Excellent, But No Bargain

    Strong reserves and excellent underwriting have Arch Capital basically at fair value.
  33. Stock Analysis

    Coca-Cola FEMSA Adds More Volume In Brazil

    Coca-Cola FEMSA continues to build its lucrative Latin American bottling footprint.
  34. Stock Analysis

    Nokia Sells Its Handset Business To Microsoft And Remakes ...

    Nokia metamorphisizes again with the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.
  35. Stock Analysis

    Tata Motors: A Tale Of Two Businesses

    Jaguar is doing exceptionally well, but Tata Motors struggles to replicate that success at home.
  36. Stock Analysis

    A Great Model And Growing Markets Powering Copa Holdings

    Copa's Panama-based hub-and-spoke system continues to drive uncommon profitability.
  37. Stock Analysis

    Has Santander Made It Through The Worst?

    Santander has yet to find the bottom with its bad credits.
  38. Stock Analysis

    For BBVA, Does More Spain Mean More Pain?

    BBVA still faces serious risks in Spain, but management's approach appears undervalued
  39. Stock Analysis

    OmniVision Technologies – The Beat(ing) Goes On

    Weaker handset demand and disappointing margins send the shares down sharply again.
  40. Stock Analysis

    Apache Makes Another Move To Reduce Business Risk

    Apache gets a reasonable price for a troublesome asset.
  41. Stock Analysis

    Vodafone, Verizon (And AT&T?) Go Once More Unto The Breach ...

    Verizon and Vodafone are once again talking about a deal for Verizon Wireless
  42. Stock Analysis

    Salesforce.com Shows Some Reacceleration

    Improved billings growth will cheer the owners of this expensive SaaS leader.
  43. Stock Analysis

    It's No Accident That Drugs Are Expensive

    Branded drugs are expensive in large part because it's expensive and risky to develop them
  44. Stock Analysis

    Can LEDs Brighten Investor Portfolios?

    LED lighting may be disruptive, but that doesn't mean that the stocks haven't already been moved in anticipation.
  45. Stock Analysis

    Pall Always Gets The Benefit Of The Doubt

    Pall's performance was just okay, but the Street likely won't mind.
  46. Stock Analysis

    The Fresh Market Can't Put Margin Worries To Bed

    Persistent worries about margins and an accelerated store opening plan run counter to Wall Street's wishes
  47. Stock Analysis

    Campbell Soup Doesn't Seem To Be Prioritizing The Right ...

    Campbell Soup continues to make iffy strategic moves and the stock is no bargain
  48. Stock Analysis

    Guess May Be Getting Its House In Order

    Often-volatile Guess is back on the way up with an encouraging second quarter report.
  49. Stock Analysis

    Vertex Building A Fortress In Cystic Fibrosis

    Vertex is in the early days of what could be a $10B franchise in cystic fibrosis treatment.
  50. Stock Analysis

    Winter Still Coming For Joy Global

    Joy Global seems undervalued on a long-term basis, but the near term is still looking pretty scary
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