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. Great Expectations: Forecasting Sales Growth
    Fundamental Analysis

    Great Expectations: Forecasting Sales Growth

    Predicting sales growth can be something of a black art, unless you ask the right questions.
  2. An Introduction To Depreciation
    Active Trading

    An Introduction To Depreciation

    Companies make choices and assumptions in calculating depreciation, and you need to know how these affect the bottom line.
  3. How To Calculate A Z-Score
    Markets

    How To Calculate A Z-Score

    Investors need to know how to detect signs of looming bankruptcy. The Z-score can help.
  4. Discounted Cash Flow Analysis
    Fundamental 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 investment's attractiveness for yourself.
  5. How Venture Capitalists Make Investment Choices
    Entrepreneurship

    How Venture Capitalists Make Investment Choices

    In order to increase your odds for receiving funding, here are some criteria considered by venture capitalists.
  6. Burn Rate Key Factor In Company's Sustainability
    Markets

    Burn Rate Key Factor In Company's Sustainability

    Be careful around companies with high cash burn rates. These investments can turn to ashes.
  7. Working Capital Works
    Insurance

    Working Capital Works

    A company's efficiency, financial strength and cash-flow health show in its management of working capital.
  8. Competitive Advantage Counts
    Active Trading

    Competitive Advantage Counts

    What's the best indicator of a company's future success? Its ability to succeed when others fail.
  9. Digging Into The Dividend Discount Model
    Markets

    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.
  10. Spotting Companies In Financial Distress
    Personal Finance

    Spotting Companies In Financial Distress

    What are the warning signs that a company is struggling - or worse, sinking - financially? Read on to find out.
  11. Using Enterprise Value To Compare Companies
    Fundamental Analysis

    Using Enterprise Value To Compare Companies

    Learn how enterprise value can help investors compare companies with different capital structures.
  12. A Clear Look At EBITDA
    Markets

    A Clear Look At EBITDA

    This measure has its benefits, but it can also present earnings through rose-colored glasses.
  13. ROA And ROE Give Clear Picture Of Corporate Health
    Markets

    ROA And ROE Give Clear Picture Of Corporate Health

    Both measure performance, but sometimes they tell a very different story. This is why they’re best used together.
  14. Beware False Signals From The P/E Ratio
    Fundamental Analysis

    Beware False Signals From The P/E Ratio

    The P/E ratio is a simple tool for evaluating a company, but no one ratio can tell the whole story.
  15. Measuring Company Efficiency
    Fundamental Analysis

    Measuring Company Efficiency

    Three useful indicators for measuring a retail company's efficiency are its inventory turnaround times, its receivables and its collection period.
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