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  1. Investing Basics

    5 Tips For Investing In IPOs

    Thinking of investing in IPOs? Here are five things to remember before jumping into these murky waters.
  2. Term

    Debt Ratio

    A financial ratio that measures the extent of a company’s or consumer’s leverage. The debt ratio is defined as the ratio of total—long-term and short-term—debt to total assets, expressed as a decimal or ...
  3. Investing

    What is a stock split? Why do stocks split?

    All publicly-traded companies have a set number of shares that are outstanding on the stock market. A stock split is a decision by the company's board of directors to increase the number of shares that ...
  4. Term

    Outstanding Shares

    A company's stock currently held by all its shareholders, including share blocks held by institutional investors and restricted shares owned by the company’s officers and insiders.
  5. Fundamental Analysis

    Financial Analysis: Solvency Vs. Liquidity Ratios

    Solvency and liquidity are equally important for a company's financial health. A number of financial ratios are used to measure a company’s liquidity and solvency, and an investor should use both sets ...
  6. Options & Futures

    Why choosing the right investment advisor is crucial for ...

    Absolutely! Just as finding a good mechanic will help keep your car running smoothly, finding a good broker or financial advisor can help keep your portfolio in good shape. On the flip side, just as a ...
  7. Economics

    What's the difference between microeconomics and macroeconomics?

    Microeconomics is generally the study of individuals and business decisions, macroeconomics looks at higher up country and government decisions. Macroeconomics and microeconomics, and their wide array ...
  8. Economics

    What is GDP and why is it so important to investors?

    The gross domestic product (GDP) is one the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country's economy. It represents the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time ...
  9. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Exchange Traded Notes: An Alternative To ETFs

    ETNs offer yet another way to track an index. Find out what they have to offer, and what's at stake.
  10. Investing Basics

    R-Squared

    Learn more about this statistical measurement used to represent movement between a security and its benchmark.
  11. Investing

    Using The Current Ratio

    Find out more on how this liquidity ratio is used to measure a company's ability to pay short-term obligations.
  12. Investing

    GAAP

    Learn more about the generally accepted accounting principles, standards and procedures that companies use to compile their financial statements.
  13. Markets

    Material Adverse Effect A Warning Sign For Stocks

    Learn what this phrase means and how to spot it in a company's financial statements.
  14. Investing

    I get multiple mailings to my house from companies that ...

    It's not uncommon for there to be more than one investment account holder in one household. If multiple members of your household are shareholders of the same company, your residence might get two or more ...
  15. Investing Basics

    Industry Handbook

    In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the various techniques that determine the value and investment quality of companies from an industry perspective.
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