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  1. Investing

    GAAP

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

    R-Squared

    Learn more about this statistical measurement used to represent movement between a security and its benchmark.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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.
  7. Because the difference between the number of authorized and outstanding shares can be so large, it's important that you realize what they are and which figures the company is using
    Investing Basics

    The Basics Of Outstanding Shares And The Float

    We go over different types of shares and what investors need to know about them.
  8. Majority of Sovereign Wealth Funds are located in the Middle East.
    Investing Basics

    Sovereign Wealth Funds - Friend Or Foe?

    With $5.86 trillion in assets as of September 2013, SWFs have a great deal of clout in financial markets. But as the majority of SWFs are located in the Middle East and Asia, whether these largely opaque ...
  9. Investing

    What is the "percentage off the 52-week high or low"? How ...

    The "percentage off the 52-week high or low" refers to when a security's current price is relative to where it has traded over the last 52 weeks. This gives investors an idea of how much the security has ...
  10. Home & Auto

    5 Reasons For Corporate Thanksgiving

    In the corporate world, several entities have major reasons to be grateful.
  11. Investing

    What are the generally accepted accounting principles for ...

    As with most matters related to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), accountants assigned with the task of applying GAAP to inventory reserves often use a significant amount of personal judgment. ...
  12. Investing

    Opportunity Cost

    Every action has a cost, even the ones you don't pursue. Find out how this is calculated.
  13. Insurance

    What You Need To Know About Financial Analysts

    Thinking about relying on analyst recommendations for your next trade? We'll show you what to watch out for.
  14. Fundamental Analysis

    Mergers And Acquisitions: Understanding Takeovers

    In the dramatic world of M&As, battleground terms meld with bizarre metaphors to form the language of the game.
  15. Investing

    Hostile Takeover

    A hostile takeovers is an unfriendly acquisition attempt by a company or raider that is strongly resisted by the management and the board of directors of the target firm. Learn more about the techniques ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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, ...
  20. 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.
  21.  Here we take a look at how you can evaluate whether the debt will affect your investment.
    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.
  22. 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.
  23. Investing

    Zooming In On Net Operating Income

    NOI is a long-run profitability measure that smart investors can count on.
  24. Investing

    EBITDA

    Otherwise known as Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. Learn more about this indicator of a company's financial performance.
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. Economics

    American Depositary Receipt Basics

    Thanks to American depositary receipts, investors now have a world of investing opportunities to choose from.
  30. 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.
  31. Credit & Loans

    7 Tips For The Do-It-Yourself Debt Manager

    Take charge of your finances in seven simple steps.
  32. Budgeting

    Debunking 10 Budget Myths

    Putting 10 budget myths in their place
  33. Insurance

    Evaluating The Board Of Directors

    Corporate structure can tell you a lot about a company's potential. Learn more here.
  34. Charts & Patterns

    The Basic Language Of Candlestick Charting

    If you want to use candlestick charting to get a sense of where a stock is headed, you need to learn how to read this unique charting language.
  35. Markets

    What Investors Can Learn From Insider Trading

    Some insider trading is actually legal - and can be extremely telling for investors.
  36. Professionals

    Introduction To The CAIA Designation

    Are you preparing for a CAIA designation? Don't worry, we'll give you a bit of insight.
  37. Investing

    What are the sources of funding available for companies?

    Despite all the differences among companies, there are only a few sources of funds available to all firms. 1. They make profit by selling a product for more than it costs to produce. This is the most basic ...
  38. Economics

    Online Investment Scams Tutorial

    To bamboozle someone out of their money is an age-old ruse. Learn about some of the gimmicks modern-day swindlers use and avoid becoming a statistic.
  39. Investing

    The interest rate used to define the “risk-free” rate of ...

    a. discount rate.b. 90-day Treasury bill rate.c. five-year Treasury note rate.d. federal funds rate. Answers: bThe 90-day Treasury bill rate is used because there is no credit risk, and the maturity is ...
  40. Investing

    Ex-Dividend Date

    Not too sure what an ex-dividend date is? Find out here and learn how and when you can take advantage of a stock's dividend.
  41. Investing

    PEG Ratio

    Learn more about how this ratio is used to determine a stock's value based on its earnings growth.
  42. Investing Basics

    Reading The Balance Sheet

    Learn about the components of the statement of financial position and how they relate to each other.
  43. Active Trading

    Measure Momentum Change With ROC

    Learn how to build a price rate of change indicator and incorporate it in your strategy.
  44. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Confirming Price Movements With Volume Oscillators

    Use this indicator to validate a change in price direction and moving averages.
  45. Investing

    What is the downtick-uptick rule on the NYSE?

    To ensure orderly markets, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has a set of restrictions that it can implement when experiencing significant daily moves, either up or down. Many of these restrictions are ...
  46. Investing

    What is the difference between stated annual return and ...

    Essentially, the effective annual return accounts for intra-year compounding, and the stated annual return does not. The difference between these two measures is best illustrated with an example. Suppose ...
  47. Investing Basics

    Stock Basics Tutorial

    If you're new to the stock market and want the basics, this is the tutorial for you!
  48. Investing

    Which is better a cash dividend or a stock dividend?

    The purpose of dividends is to return wealth back to the shareholders of a company. There are two main types of dividends: cash and stock.A cash dividend is a payment made by a company out of its earnings ...
  49. Investing

    How do I find historical prices for stocks?

    Whether for research purposes, bookkeeping or even general interest in historical performance, this is a question that many of our readers ask. On the internet, there are many different stock quote service ...
  50. Insurance

    Municipal Bond Tips For The Series 7 Exam

    Learn to distinguish between general obligation and revenue bonds to ace this test.
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