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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Beta: Know The Risk
    Investing Basics

    Beta: Know The Risk

    Beta says something about price risk, but how much does it say about fundamental risk factors? Find out here.
  9. Is Growth Always A Good Thing?
    Markets

    Is Growth Always A Good Thing?

    Getting big quickly looks good, but companies can get into trouble when they do it too fast. Find out how to spot this trouble.
  10. Dividend Yield For The Downturn
    Investing

    Dividend Yield For The Downturn

    High-dividend stocks make excellent bear market investments, but the payouts aren't a sure thing.
  11. Relative Valuation Of Stocks Can Be A Trap
    Markets

    Relative Valuation Of Stocks Can Be A Trap

    This method of valuing a company can make it look like a bargain when it is not.
  12. How To Do Qualitative Analysis On Biotech Companies
    Investing

    How To Do Qualitative Analysis On Biotech Companies

    These analytical methods will help you size up a biotech company and make a winning investment.
  13. Investing Beyond Your Borders
    Insurance

    Investing Beyond Your Borders

    Investing abroad poses risks, but can also help you diversify. Discover ways to invest in foreign stocks.
  14. 6 Bad Stock Buyback Scenarios
    Markets

    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.
  15. The Ups And Downs Of Investing In Cyclical Stocks
    Investing

    The Ups And Downs Of Investing In Cyclical Stocks

    This strategy can be profitable but only if you know when to dump these stocks.
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