Ben McClure

Ben McClure is a long-time contributor to Investopedia.com. A specialist in preparing early stage technology ventures for investment and the marketplace, Ben manages the Business Incubator at the University of Malta. Ben was a highly-rated European equities analyst at London-based Old Mutual Securities, and led new venture development at TEC Edmonton, a major technology commercialization consulting group in Canada. He started his career as writer/analyst at the Economist Group. Mr. McClure graduated from the University of Alberta's School of Business with an MBA. Ben's hard and fast investing philosophy is that the herd is always wrong, but heck, if it pays, there's nothing wrong with being a sheep. Ben lives in Kalkara, a stunning harbour village in the south of Malta, a teeny, tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

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  1. Financial Analysis

    Introduction to Convertible Preferred Shares

    These securities offer an answer for investors who want the profit potential of stocks but not the risk.
  2. Financial Analysis

    The Capital Asset Pricing Model: an Overview

    CAPM helps you determine what return you deserve for putting your money at risk.
  3. High Net Worth Strategy

    Modern Portfolio Theory: Why It's Still Hip

    See why investors today still follow this old set of principles that reduce risk and increase returns through diversification. ...
  4. Investing

    Beta: Know The Risk

    Beta says something about price risk, but how much does it say about fundamental risk factors? Find out here.
  5. Financial Analysis

    How To Analyze A Company's Financial Position

    Find out how to calculate important ratios and compare them to market value.
  6. Financial Analysis

    Free Cash Flow: Free, But Not Always Easy

    Free cash flow is a great gauge of corporate health, but it's not immune to accounting trickery.
  7. Financial Analysis

    Understanding Rights Issues

    Not sure what to do if a company invites you to buy more shares at discount? Here are some of your options.
  8. Financial Analysis

    An Introduction To Depreciation

    Companies make choices and assumptions in calculating depreciation, and you need to know how these affect the bottom line. ...
  9. Financial Analysis

    Great Expectations: Forecasting Sales Growth

    Predicting sales growth can be something of a black art, unless you ask the right questions.
  10. Financial Analysis

    How To Calculate A Z-Score

    Investors need to know how to detect signs of looming bankruptcy. The Z-score can help.
  11. Financial Analysis

    Discounted Cash Flow Analysis

    Find out how analysts determine the fair value of a company with this step-by-step tutorial and learn how to evaluate an ...
  12. Investing Strategy

    How Venture Capitalists Make Investment Choices

    In order to increase your odds for receiving funding, here are some criteria considered by venture capitalists.
  13. Financial Analysis

    Burn Rate Key Factor In Company's Sustainability

    Be careful around companies with high cash burn rates. These investments can turn to ashes.
  14. Financial Analysis

    Working Capital Works

    A company's efficiency, financial strength and cash-flow health show in its management of working capital.
  15. People

    Competitive Advantage Counts

    What's the best indicator of a company's future success? Its ability to succeed when others fail.
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