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  1. How do I take qualitative factors into consideration when ...
    Investing

    How do I take qualitative factors into consideration when ...

    Fundamental analysis is the method of analyzing companies based on factors that affect their intrinsic value. There are two sides to this method: the quantitative and the qualitative. The quantitative ...
  2. Who determines interest rates?
    Investing

    Who determines interest rates?

    In countries using a centralized banking model, interest rates are determined by the central bank. In the first step of interest rate determination, the government's economic observers create a policy ...
  3. The Federal Reserve
    Economics

    The Federal Reserve

    Few organizations can move the market like the Federal Reserve. As an investor, it's important to understand exactly what the Fed does and how it influences the economy.
  4. What's the difference between book and market value?
    Investing

    What's the difference between book and market value?

    Book value is the price paid for a particular asset. This price never changes so long as you own the asset. On the other hand, market value is the current price at which you can sell an asset. For example, ...
  5. How does FINRA differ from the SEC?
    Investing

    How does FINRA differ from the SEC?

    With all the financial organizations out there, knowing what they all do can be as complicated as knowing where to invest. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory ...
  6. Will Corporate Debt Drag Your Stock Down?
    Investing Basics

    Will Corporate Debt Drag Your Stock Down?

    Borrowed funds can mean a leg up for companies or the boot for investors. Find out how to tell the difference.
  7. Zooming In On Net Operating Income
    Investing

    Zooming In On Net Operating Income

    NOI is a long-run profitability measure that smart investors can count on.
  8. How Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Were Saved
    Economics

    How Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Were Saved

    These mortgage giants had to be put under government conservatorship, driving home the gravity of the subprime crisis.
  9. EBITDA
    Investing

    EBITDA

    Otherwise known as Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. Learn more about this indicator of a company's financial performance.
  10. What is a company's worth, and who determines its stock ...
    Investing

    What is a company's worth, and who determines its stock ...

    A company's worth - its total value - is its market capitalization, and it is represented by the company's stock price. Market cap (as it is commonly referred to) is equal to the stock price multiplied ...
  11. What is the difference between preferred stock and common ...
    Investing

    What is the difference between preferred stock and common ...

    Preferred and common stocks are different in two key aspects. First, preferred stockholders have a greater claim to a company's assets and earnings. This is true during the good times when the company ...
  12. American Depositary Receipt Basics
    Economics

    American Depositary Receipt Basics

    Thanks to American depositary receipts, investors now have a world of investing opportunities to choose from.
  13. What is the difference between the Dow and the Nasdaq?
    Investing

    What is the difference between the Dow and the Nasdaq?

    Because of the way people throw around the words "Dow" and "Nasdaq," both terms have become synonymous with "the market," giving people a hazy idea of what each term actually means. In this question, "the ...
  14. Why do stock prices change following news reports?
    Investing

    Why do stock prices change following news reports?

    Stock prices move up and down every minute due to fluctuations in supply and demand. If more people want to buy a particular stock, its market price will increase. Conversely, if more people want to sell ...
  15. Ratio Analysis Tutorial
    Fundamental Analysis

    Ratio Analysis Tutorial

    If you don't know how to evaluate a company's present performance and its possible future performance, you need to learn how to analyze ratios.
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