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  1. How is gross profit margin used in sales?

    Learn and understand the meaning and usefulness of the gross profit margin figure for a company in relation to its total ...
  2. What is the difference between operating margin and return on sales?

    Discover how a small warning suggests a difference between return on sales, or ROS, and operating margin, two terms normally ...
  3. Is volatility a good thing or a bad thing from the investor's point of view, and ...

    Learn the basics of volatility in the stock market and how the increased risk provides greater opportunities for profit for ...
  4. What is the difference between operating margin and profit margin?

    Understand the difference between operating margin and profit margin in relation to evaluating a company's profitability ...
  5. Are there leveraged ETFs that track the oil & gas drilling sector?

    Explore the investing options that are available through leveraged ETFs that can be used to track the oil and gas drilling ...
  6. What's Diversification?

    Nearly everyone has heard the adage “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” This, essentially, is the idea behind diversification. ...
  7. What To Do When Your Client Behaves Badly

    As a financial advisor managing your client's assets is only part of the job; sometimes you have to manage your client, as ...
  8. Position Your ETF Portfolio For Success In 2015

    2015 may well usher in a new era in the markets where things like risk management, trend following, and asset allocation ...
  9. These ETFs Track The Dow Jones Industrial Average

    A look at some of the ETFs tracking the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
  10. Eyeing Canada? Look At The iShares ECW ETF

    Canada is interesting place to look for hidden investing treasures. Consider the iShares MSCI Canada (EWC) ETF, but be wary ...
  11. What are some possible red flags in a company's dividend payout ratio?

    Read about how investors and analysts use the dividend payout ratio to scrutinize the sustainability of a company's dividend ...
  12. What is the difference between a Sharpe ratio and a Traynor ratio?

    Understand the difference between two methods of evaluating portfolio returns on investment, the Sharpe ratio and the Treynor ...
  13. How does goodwill increase a company's value?

    Learn about the basics of goodwill in the business world, what positive effects it can have on a company's overall value ...
  14. Are dividends the best way to make money for retirement?

    Using dividends for retirement income can provide a hedge against a variety of risks, but investors need to be aware of the ...
  15. What percentage of a diversified portfolio should be exposed to the forest products ...

    Learn some principles which should guide portfolio management and diversification, and how forest products can be part of ...
  16. How do I use the debt ratio to decide when to invest in a company?

    Understand the calculation and interpretation of the debt ratio and how this metric is used by investors to analyze a company's ...
  17. What is the difference between a Sharpe ratio and a Sortino ratio

    Understand the differences between the Sharpe ratio and the Sortino ratio, two risk-adjusted return on investment calculations, ...
  18. How do you the calculate Sharpe ratio in Excel?

    Learn how to use Microsoft Excel to calculate the Sharpe ratio, an investing tool useful for assessing the relationship between ...
  19. What is the difference between a sharpe ratio and an information ratio?

    Understand the meaning of the Sharpe ratio and the information ratio, and understand how they differ as tools for evaluating ...
  20. What is the difference between gross profit margin and contribution margin?

    Learn the difference between gross profit margin, an overall profitability metric analysts use, and contribution margin, ...
  21. What is the difference between gross profit margin and markup?

    Understand the distinction between gross profit margin and markup, and learn how each of these measures of profitability ...
  22. How are trust fund earnings taxed?

    Trust fund earnings that are distributed are paid by the beneficiary. The trust pays taxes on retained earnings and principal ...
  23. Is book value a better metric for company worth than the PE ratio?

    Determine the best situations in which to utilize book value, P/E ratio and other metrics to determine the true worth of ...
  24. What is the difference between book value and salvage value

    Discover the difference between two valuations, the book value and the salvage value, and the respective purpose of each ...
  25. What is a good Sharpe ratio?

    Understand how the Sharpe ratio is calculated, and its significance and use for investors in evaluating the performance of ...
  26. What is the difference between book value and carrying value

    Dig deeper into the definitions of carrying value and book value, and learn to differentiate between their various financial ...
  27. What is the difference between gross profit margin and operating profit margin?

    Understand the difference between gross profit margin and operating profit margin, two measures of corporate profitability ...
  28. Harness Elliot Wave principles To Tap Market Trends

    We can apply three easily understood Elliott Wave principles to a popular breakout strategy and watch how they improve market ...
  29. How does Compound Interest Work?

    A quick way to understand the impact of compound interest is to ask yourself if you’d rather receive $100,000 a day for a ...
  30. How Technology Has Revolutionized Asset Management

    Technology has had a dramatic impact on the asset management industry over the past decade, from more sophisticated strategies ...
  31. Do You Know How To Beat Your Broker?

    Want more returns? Give less of it to your broker! Keep your costs down, starting with broker costs.
  32. Is alpha the best risk measure?

    Read about some of the strengths and weaknesses of alpha, a popular risk-adjusted performance indicator based on modern portfolio ...
  33. Are there leveraged ETFs that track the utility sector?

    Discover leveraged ETFs tracking the utilities sector, and learn the advantages and disadvantages they present to investors.
  34. What is the difference between a current account deficit and a trade deficit?

    Learn the meanings of the macroeconomic terms current account deficit and trade deficit, and understand the differences between ...
  35. How do you use DCF for real estate valuation?

    Learn how discounted cash flow analysis is used for real estate valuation and the various factors that go into calculating ...
  36. What are the differences between patterns and trends?

    Learn the difference between a pattern and a trend. Explore how technical analysts use patterns and trends to identify trading ...
  37. Understanding Delta

    A delta is a ratio, sometimes referred to as a hedge ratio. It compares the change in price of an asset, usually a marketable ...
  38. What's the Bottom Line?

    The bottom line refers to the last line on a company’s income statement. This line shows net profit after all expenses, depreciation ...
  39. Trade Weekly & Up Your Reward Potential

    Weekly patterns sidestep the HFT maelstrom by aligning trade entries and exits with the edges of longer-term trends.
  40. How are pennant patterns interpret by analysts and traders?

    Understand the basics of the pennant pattern, how it predicts trend continuation, and how analysts and traders identify and ...
  41. How does one amortize intangible assets?

    Understand what distinguishes intangible assets and how companies are required to amortize their value over time to recover ...
  42. What are the most common Bullish patterns used by traders?

    Learn about some of the most commonly recognized bullish candlestick chart patterns that traders use to identify market turning ...
  43. What are the most common Bearish patterns used by traders?

    Discover some of the commonly used bearish chart patterns that traders identify as potential market turning points to the ...
  44. How do I build a profitable strategy when spotting a Pennant pattern?

    Understand the basics of creating a profitable trade strategy based on the pennant chart pattern, including optimal entry ...
  45. Trading Against the Grid and Away from the Herd

    The best trade could be in the opposite direction when a classic price pattern doesn’t behave according to perfect rules. ...
  46. How To Use Technical Indicators To Master Financial Spread Betting

    As a popular tool of investing in the United Kingdom, spread betting encompasses the buying or selling of an underlying asset ...
  47. What are the main differences between a PHI-Ellipse and a Fibonacci Retracement?

    Discover the unique technical indicator known as the PHI-ellipse and learn how it differs as a trading tool from Fibonacci ...
  48. How effective is creating trade entries after spotting a pennant pattern?

    Learn the basics of the pennant pattern and how it is used to create an effective trade strategy, including which factors ...
  49. What stock factors should you consider when a company makes a CEO change?

    Learn about factors affecting the price of stock following a change in CEO. Explore why a change in CEO may be positive or ...
  50. Why is the Positive Volume Index (PVI) important for traders and analysts?

    Take a closer look at the positive volume index, which is a technical price volume indicator used to identify possible bear ...
  51. How Financial Advisors Can Help Gun-Shy Investors

    How can financial advisors help investors who are still gun-shy from the losses their equity holdings suffered during the ...
  52. What due diligence steps should an investor undertake before each investment?

    Learn about the steps to completing vigorous due diligence when selecting an investment, including ownership by management, ...
  53. Why is due diligence important before a company acquisition?

    Learn about due diligence and company officials' fiduciary duty. Explore the ill-fated acquisition of Countrywide Financial ...
  54. What are historic cases of companies failing to do their due diligence?

    Learn about the America Online-Time Warner merger. Explore how America Online's stock was not properly valued due to poor ...
  55. What are the fundamental differences between a pennant pattern and a flag pattern?

    Understand the basics of both the flag and pennant continuation patterns, their similarities and differences, and how each ...
  56. The Right Trading Position For A Good Night's Rest

    The last hour of the trading day is the perfect time to ask these questions about your overnight exposure.
  57. Fibonacci: Using Math To Make Right Market Moves

    Use these two original Fibonacci techniques to pinpoint the patterns in stock movements, and the most reliable entry and ...
  58. Ready For 2015? Eye 2014's Top-Performing ETFs

    These active ETFs performed the best in 2014. How? By shorting oil/Russia, and betting big on semiconductors, U.S. Treasuries, ...
  59. Is The JNK High Yield ETF A Good Bet Right Now?

    High yield can be enticing, but investments that appear enticing on the surface need to be investigated further.
  60. CDs or Bonds: Which Investment is Better For You

    When choosing between CDs and bonds, investors who seek to maximize their returns but also want a large measure of safety ...
  61. Options give a less risky slice of Alibaba's pie.

    US investors can use options as a way to benefit from the profitability of Chinese-owned Alibaba while minimizing the downside ...
  62. Reflecing On Financial And Investing Lessons

    Each year I reflect on the lessons learned about missed opportunities, highlight successful practices, and strive to be a ...
  63. Hot To Build An Investment Portfolio For Retirees?

    Investors managing their money through retirement often have different needs than during their growth and accumulation years.
  64. Making Sense Of The Dow Reaching Record Levels

    When gauging the Dow's shifts in order to assess the U.S. economy and make investment decisions, one must know what the Dow ...
  65. What are the main differences between a Doji and a Spinning Top pattern?

    Identify the differences between doji candles and spinning tops on a candlestick chart, and learn how traders look at each ...
  66. What is the difference between operating income and revenue?

    Understand the definitions of revenue and operating income, how they are calculated and interpreted, and how operating income ...
  67. Why is the Exponential Moving Average (EMA) important for traders and analysts?

    Discover why chartists and technical analysts might use an exponential moving average (EMA) instead of a simple moving average ...
  68. What is the difference between gross margin and gross profit?

    Understand the difference in definitions between gross margin and gross profit, and learn what each represents as a metric ...
  69. What are the main differences between a Doji and a hammer pattern?

    Identify the differences between doji candles and hammers on a candlestick chart, and learn how traders look at each for ...
  70. When do companies publish P&L statements?

    Understand what a company's P&L statement represents, and find out when companies traditionally publish these statements.
  71. What telecommunication stocks pay the highest dividends?

    Learn about the yields offered by five of the highest dividend paying companies within the telecommunications market sector.
  72. How effective are Dojis in telling a change in direction of overall trends?

    Profit from knowing the correct way to trade the doji candlestick. Learn how to spot the best trading opportunities and avoid ...
  73. What is the difference between market capitalization and enterprise value?

    Understand the basics of market capitalization and enterprise value, how they measure company value and how they differ in ...
  74. What are the most common periods used in creating Moving Average (MA) lines?

    Learn the most commonly selected periods used by traders and market analysts in creating moving averages to overlay as technical ...
  75. What are the best technical indicators to complement the Moving Average (MA)?

    Learn about some of the common confirmation tools and techniques that traders and analysts use in conjunction with moving ...
  76. What are the best technical indicators to complement the Moving Average (MA)?

    Learn about some of the common confirmation tools and techniques that traders and analysts use in conjunction with moving ...
  77. What is the difference between operating income and operating profit?

    Find out why operating margin and operating income can be treated synonymously with EBIT, but how they all differ from operating ...
  78. Are there publicly traded hedge funds?

    See why a privately arranged hedge fund may decide to take its fund public, and how the investing public at large can gain ...
  79. What is the difference between operating income and EBITDA?

    Read about the major differences between earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and operating ...
  80. What is the difference between operating income and net income?

    Understand the difference between operating income and net income, including the calculations and interpretations of each ...
  81. What is the difference between operating income and gross profit?

    Learn more about the difference between operating income and gross profit, two accounting figures that appear on a company's ...
  82. What is the difference between market capitalization and revenue?

    Understand the definitions of market capitalization and revenue, how each is calculated and how each reflects the value of ...
  83. What are the main disadvantages of using Fibonacci Retracements for trading strategies?

    Learn about the disadvantages inherent to the Fibonacci retracement, an indicator built on the Fibonacci sequence used in ...
  84. Is a REIT a type of ETF?

    Learn the differences between real estate investment trusts, or REITs, and exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, to see how the ...
  85. How do you use the price-to-book ratio to evaluate a company's value?

    Understand how investors and market analysts use the price-to-book ratio to evaluate the worth of a company and why this ...
  86. What types of fees are incurred by purchasing ETFs?

    Understand all the various costs, both explicit and hidden, involved in trading exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, and see how ...
  87. What is a country ETF?

    Learn about the operational basics of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and the foreign investment opportunities and advantages ...
  88. Is net income the same as profit?

    Understand the difference between profit and net income, including why corporate accountants calculate profit at different ...
  89. What are the main advantages of using the Exponential Moving Average (EMA)?

    Learn the important potential advantages of using an exponential moving average when trading, instead of a simple moving ...
  90. What is spread hedging?

    Learn about one of the most common risk-management strategies options traders use, called spread hedging, to limit exposure ...
  91. Are utility stocks bought for income or growth?

    Learn why the shares of government-protected utility companies have proven to be among the most consistent income stocks ...
  92. What are the best metrics to evaluate a telecommunication company?

    Use fundamental analysis and three specific metrics to evaluate telecommunications companies to find the best one for your ...
  93. What other sectors besides utilities are known as defensive?

    See why certain sectors, other than utilities, are considered defensive and therefore more resistant to the downturns of ...
  94. What is the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) formula and how is it calculated?

    Learn the formula for the moving average convergence divergence momentum indicator and find out how to calculate the MACD ...
  95. What is a common strategy traders implement when using the Moving Average Convergence ...

    Learn some common trading strategies that traders employ using the moving average convergence divergence (MACD) technical ...
  96. Why is the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) important for traders and ...

    Take a look inside one of the most popular and widely trusted technical indicators, the moving average convergence divergence, ...
  97. Money Lessons From Disney's Scrooge McDuck

    Forbes magazine ranked Scrooge McDuck as the richest fictional character in the world in 2013 with a net worth of $65.4 billion. ...
  98. What is the difference between dividends and capital gains?

    Read about some of the differences between dividends and capital gains, the two primary ways of accumulating wealth through ...
  99. With an ex-dividend, why does the dividend go to the seller rather than the buyer?

    Find out why ex-dividend payments are sent to the seller of a stock rather than the purchaser and how ex-dividends can create ...
  100. What does a hedge fund do?

    Read how hedge funds differ from other investment vehicles and how their investment strategies make them unique and potentially ...
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