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

    Digging Into The Dividend Discount Model

    The DDM is one of the most foundational of financial theories, but it's only as good as its assumptions.
  2. Financial Analysis

    Great Expectations: Forecasting Sales Growth

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

    A Look At Corporate Profit Margins

    Take a deeper look at a company's profitability with the help of profit margin ratios.
  4. Financial Analysis

    How Return On Equity Can Help You Find Profitable Stocks

    It pays to invest in companies that generate profits more efficiently than their rivals. This is where ROE comes in.
  5. High Net Worth Strategy

    Modern Portfolio Theory: Why It's Still Hip

    Investors still follow an old set of principles that reduce risk and increase returns through diversification.
  6. High Net Worth Strategy

    A Guide To CEO Compensation

    Make sure you assess whether a CEO has a stake in doing a good job for you, the shareholder.
  7. Financial Analysis

    6 Bad Stock Buyback Scenarios

    Buying back shares can be a sensible way for companies to use extra cash. But in many cases, it's just a ploy to boost earnings. ...
  8. 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.
  9. Financial Analysis

    How to Analyze a Company's Financial Position

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

    Spotting Profitability With ROCE

    This straightforward ratio measures whether a company is efficient, money-making or neither.
  11. 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.
  12. Financial Analysis

    The Capital Asset Pricing Model: an Overview

    CAPM helps you determine what return you deserve for putting your money at risk.
  13. Investing

    Beta: Know The Risk

    Beta says something about price risk, but how much does it say about fundamental risk factors? Find out here.
  14. 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.
  15. 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. ...
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