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  1. What is the average price-to-earnings ratio in the banking sector?

    Explore the price/earnings ratio in regard to the banking industry and learn what the average P/E ratio is for most banking ...
  2. What is considered to be a healthy accounts payable turnover ratio?

    Learn the significance of the accounts payable turnover ratio and what investors and analysts commonly consider a good ratio ...
  3. Brokerage Reviews: TradeStation Vs. Interactive Brokers

    These are among the most sophisticated brokers in the industry in terms of investment offerings, market access and technology.
  4. What do efficiency ratios measure?

    Learn about efficiency ratios, what they measure, how to calculate commonly used efficiency ratios and how to interpret these ...
  5. Why should I look at other aspects of the company, rather than just the bottom line?

    Understand the limitations of the bottom line figure on a company's income statement and why it is insufficient for evaluating ...
  6. How do I find positive correlation in the stock market?

    Learn how positive correlation is found in the stock market, how correlation is calculated and how positive correlation is ...
  7. What is the difference between market risk and country risk?

    Learn about market risk and country risk, some examples of each and the main difference between these two types of risks.
  8. Which financial ratios are considered to be efficiency ratios?

    Learn about efficiency ratios, what financial ratios are considered efficiency ratios, and how to calculate three different ...
  9. What are some strategies companies commonly use to reduce their debt to capital ratio?

    Explore the different strategies that companies can employ and steps that can be taken to reduce a company's debt to capital ...
  10. Does a high efficiency ratio mean that the company is profitable?

    Understand the variety of efficiency ratios and why a high efficiency ratio does not necessarily mean a company is operating ...
  11. What is the historical market risk premium?

    Learn what the historical market risk premium is and the different figures that result from an analyst's choice of calculations ...
  12. A Risky Maneuver To Jumpstart Japan's Economy

    Japan's government and the Bank of Japan are buying large amounts of government bonds in an effort to spark economic activity, ...
  13. How are labor and capital affected by the balance of trade?

    Learn about the impact of international trade on labor, capital and the balance of trade, and see how the current account ...
  14. How can I calculate the hurdle rate in Excel?

    Learn how to evaluate potential investments. Common desktop software provides functions that can help make the decision with ...
  15. How can an investor profit from a fall in the price of bank stocks?

    Discover the main ways to take advantage of a fall in bank stocks. Shorting stocks and buying put options can let traders ...
  16. Which factors are more important in determining the demand elasticity of a good or ...

    Learn about demand elasticity of goods and services and the main factors that influence the elasticity of demand.
  17. What factors cause investors to perceive large cap stocks as being low-risk?

    Learn the specific factors of large-cap stocks that create the perception among investors that investment in large caps carry ...
  18. What are some common examples of unsystematic risk?

    Learn about how to identify examples of unsystematic risk, and discover how many can be traced to entrepreneurial error or ...
  19. What is the difference between a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) and an asset ...

    Discover the relationships between asset-backed securities (ABS), collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and mortgage-backed ...
  20. What is the history of binary options?

    Discover the history of binary options trading, which is now one of the fastest growing investment market vehicles available ...
  21. What would cause a decrease in accumulated depreciation?

    Understand what causes a decrease in a company's accumulated depreciation. Learn why a company's accumulated depreciation ...
  22. Is the bottom line the best representation of a company's financial strength?

    Learn about the important factors determining a company's financial strength. Find out what net profit can tell you about ...
  23. What happens to accumulated depreciation when you sell an asset?

    Learn what happens to a company's accumulated depreciation when it sells an asset. Understand why accumulated depreciation ...
  24. What ratios are most commonly used to judge working capital management?

    Learn about the various working capital ratios that investors and analysts consider when evaluating a company's financial ...
  25. Why is the Toraku Index important for analysts of the Tokyo Stock Exchange?

    Learn how the Toraku Index is used to predict market trends on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and understand how market breadth ...
  26. Is there a positive correlation between risk and return?

    Learn about the positive correlation between risk and the potential for return, and understand how risk is used to construct ...
  27. How does money supply affect interest rates?

    Read about the link between the supply of money and market interest rates, and find out why money supply alone can't explain ...
  28. How can a company with a positive bottom line be more risky than one with a negative ...

    Discover which factors contribute to risk when buying stock. Learn about the impacts of capital structure and cash flow on ...
  29. How do I create an optimal thrusting line on candlestick patterns?

    Learn how to draw a thrusting pattern on a candlestick chart, and understand how the thrusting pattern can confirm a prior ...
  30. Why would a company choose to operate on a deficit budget in lieu of a balanced budget?

    Learn how companies can strategically use deficit budgets in the short term to get off the ground, expand and work through ...
  31. Post-Election Opportunities For Nigerian Oil

    Nigeria has an historic opportunity to reform and improve its oil industry now that elections are over.
  32. Why is brand equity considered an intangible asset?

    Brand equity is an intangible asset because the value of the brand is not a physical asset and is instead determined by consumer ...
  33. What's the difference between cyclical unemployment and seasonal unemployment?

    Learn about the key differences between cyclical and seasonal unemployment. Read about distinguishing features of each of ...
  34. How does a company obtain a bank guarantee?

    Find out how bank guarantees work, why they are issued and the process that a business normally goes through to acquire one ...
  35. How did moral hazard impact the financial crisis of 2007-08?

    Find out how years of government incentives and pressure from the Federal Reserve created a moral hazard that helped cause ...
  36. Does a high debt to capital ratio make a company a bad investment?

    Understand the debt to capital ratio and why a high debt to capital ratio doesn't necessarily mean that a stock is a bad ...
  37. How can I use the debt-to-capital ratio to evaluate a stock?

    Understand the significance of the debt to capital ratio of financial leverage, and learn how investors and analysts make ...
  38. What is the difference between operating leverage and financial leverage?

    Discover the two equity valuation metrics, operating leverage and financial leverage, how they are similar and what differentiates ...
  39. What country has the richest middle class?

    Learn which country has the richest middle class in the world, as well as the factors that have enabled the middle class ...
  40. How do returns on private equity investments compare to returns on other types of ...

    Learn how private equity performance compares with other alternative investment asset classes and traditional types of investment ...
  41. What are the main arguments in favor of the privatization of public goods?

    Learn about the main arguments why the task of delivering public goods should be the responsibility of companies under private ...
  42. What risks does an entrepreneur face?

    Find out if you have what it takes to overcome the challenges and risks associated with starting a business and becoming ...
  43. How are Tri-Star patterns interpreted by analysts and traders?

    Learn how analysts and traders interpret the tri-star pattern in bullish and bearish charts and why this reversal signal ...
  44. What are the biggest risks of fixed-income investing?

    Learn about the three biggest risks of bonds and other fixed-income investments. Find out more about related issues and learn ...
  45. How does the risk profile of private equity investments compare to those of other ...

    Learn how the risk profile of private equity investment compares to other asset classes and the aspects investors should ...
  46. What is the Weighted Alpha formula and how is it calculated?

    Find out how investors and analysts calculate the weighted alpha of a stock's price by emphasizing recent price movements ...
  47. What Education Do You Need To Become A Billionaire?

    What kind of education does it take to become a billionaire? We take a look at the formal and informal education of the world's ...
  48. Are There Taxes On Bitcoins?

    Here is a short guide to the tax implications when using or investing in bitcoins in the US.
  49. How To Mimic A Hedge Fund Strategy

    Hedge fund replication strategies are beneficial to individual investors who would like hedge fund-like returns without the ...
  50. Brokerage Review: How Useful Is TradeStation?

    TradeStation uses its experience in developing early groundbreaking trading software to create and enhance its own online ...
  51. Analyzing Google's Balance Sheet

    We take a look at Google's balance sheet to learn about the health of the company and how well it is run.
  52. What Is Litecoin And How Does It Work?

    Litecoin is one of the major competitors to bitcoin. Litecoin differs from bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in various ...
  53. What is a Forward Contract?

    A forward contract is a customized contract between two parties to buy or sell an asset at a specified price on a future ...
  54. What is an Index?

    An index is a statistical means of calculating a change in an economy or market.
  55. What is the Private Sector?

    The private sector encompasses all for-profit businesses that are not owned or operated by the government.
  56. What is a Security Market Line?

    The security market line graphs the systematic risk versus return of the whole market at a certain time, and shows all risky ...
  57. What is Unsystematic Risk?

    Unsystematic risk is the part of an investment’s risk that is attributable to the investment itself — not to the entire economic ...
  58. Understanding Regression

    Regression is a statistical analysis that attempts to predict the effect of one or more variables on another variable.
  59. What are the differences between a Triple Exponential Moving Average (TEMA) and a ...

    Understand the fundamental differences between the triple exponential moving average indicator and the triple exponential ...
  60. How does the risk of investing in the drugs sector compare to the broader market?

    Learn how the risk of investing in the drugs sector compares to the broader market and what steps investors take to mitigate ...
  61. How can you use delta to determine how to hedge options?

    Learn what delta is, how to use delta to hedge options and how to maintain a delta-neutral position by delta-hedging options ...
  62. What does the yield curve actually predict?

    Find out what an inverted yield curve represents, how it has performed as a leading indicator and why it appears to hold ...
  63. What is the difference between risk avoidance and risk reduction?

    Learn what risk avoidance and risk reduction are, what the differences between the two are, and some techniques investors ...
  64. How does covariance impact portfolio risk and return?

    Understand how covariance is related to the risk and return of a portfolio of stocks, and learn how covariance is used to ...
  65. What is the long-term outlook of the automotive sector?

    Find out about the long-term outlook for the automotive sector and the impact of technologies such as self-driving cars and ...
  66. How are international investment banking practices regulated?

    See which international organizations are responsible for overseeing and regulating global investment banks, including the ...
  67. How do you calculate present value in Excel?

    Learn what present value and future value are and how to use Microsoft Excel to calculate present value, given the future ...
  68. If I believe Internet sector companies are overvalued, how can I profit from a fall ...

    Learn how short selling, futures contracts and options contracts can enable you to profit from a fall in Internet sector ...
  69. Where on the Internet can I find yield curves over various periods?

    Find out where to locate reliable yield curve information on the Internet, including the U.S. Department of the Treasury ...
  70. How do you use internal rate of return to calculate a capital budget?

    Learn about how the internal rate of return is used in the creation of a capital budget along with net present value and ...
  71. How should I analyze a company's financial statements?

    Discover how investors and analysts use a company’s financial statements to evaluate a company's financial health and investment ...
  72. At Look at REITS vs. Real Estate Mutual Funds

    REITs and real estate mutual funds have their differences, but they both offer liquidity and easy access to diversified real ...
  73. Are These 2015's 10 Best Telecom Stocks?

    Telecom stocks offer generous dividend yields, but it's imperative to make sure those dividends are likely to stay in place. ...
  74. Why 'Menu' is a 4-Letter Word at McDonald's

    McDonald's has taken care of its shareholders through the years, but the brand has suffered recently. What is likely to happen ...
  75. Use Round Numbers To Work The Market To Your Favor

    Trading around round numbers like 10, 50 and 100 display unique market dynamics that translate into profitable trading opportunities.
  76. What factors influence a change in demand elasticity?

    Learn about demand elasticity, factors that affect the demand elasticity of a good or a service, and how these factors affect ...
  77. What is the difference between passive and active portfolio management?

    Understand the difference between active portfolio management and passive portfolio management, and how each strategy benefits ...
  78. Who uses bills of exchange?

    Find out who uses bills of exchange, why they are important in international trade and what happens when a bill is traded ...
  79. How is an accrued interest entry made in accounting?

    Learn how to create common journal entries for accrued interest, including adjusting entries and delayed bond issues sold ...
  80. Do you have to sell your stocks when you get a margin call?

    Understand the implications of a margin call and what an investor's options are when the stock he purchased on margin falls ...
  81. How To Prepare For Volatile Markets?

    News surrounding market volatility might make one never to invest again: headlines speak of “roller coasters”, “turbulence” ...
  82. How do commercial banks make money?

    Learn the different ways commercial banks make money, including interest from loan products and banking fees charged to customers.
  83. What is a capitalization-weighted index?

    Learn about a capitalization-weighted index and how to calculate the value of a capitalization-weighted index through a simple ...
  84. Are there leveraged ETFs that follow the Internet sector?

    Discover the best substitutes for a leveraged ETF that follows the Internet sector; learn the ways a trader can approximate ...
  85. What factors might make a private placement a risky investment?

    Learn about purchasing securities through a private placement investment, and understand the risk factors associated with ...
  86. What are the main benefits of a JIT (just in time) production strategy?

    Learn about the just in time (JIT) business strategy and how using an on-demand production process can increase a company's ...
  87. How does the Private Sector Adjustment Factor (PSAF) affect competition in the private-sector?

    Look at a simple breakdown of the Private Sector Adjustment Factor (PSAF), set by the Federal Reserve to recover imputed ...
  88. How important is credit rating on a fixed income security?

    Learn how credit ratings for fixed-income securities impact the yield and provide guidance for the amount of risk for the ...
  89. When is the best time to buy a fixed income security?

    Determine the optimal time to buy fixed income securities; the key is inflation and interest rates falling, which makes the ...
  90. How to Manage Risk in Your Personal Portfolio

    To best manage your portfolio, first determine your risk tolerance.
  91. Is the EWZ Brazil ETF a Buy Right Now?

    An in depth look at iShares MSCI Brazil Capped, the largest ETF offering exposure to this emerging market.
  92. Investors Lack Alternative Investing Knowledge

    A recent survey shows that investors lack knowledge of alternative investments. Here is what advisors can do to combat this. ...
  93. Understanding Negative Rates Of Europe's Central Banks

    We are currently seeing negative central bank deposit rates and government and corporate bonds with negative yields, but ...
  94. Is Now A Good Time To Invest in Tesla?

    Tesla offers prospects for rewards, but risks are many. Risks include strong competition, rewards include market potential ...
  95. Invesco PowerShares: Joining Indexing, Smart Beta

    Invesco's PowerShares is trying to make a mark with smart-beta funds that put a distinctive twist on popular investment themes
  96. What is the formula for calculating the internal rate of return (IRR)?

    Learn about the internal rate of return, an important concept in determining the relative attractiveness of different investments.
  97. What does it mean to invest in base metals?

    Learn what is means to invest in the base metals sector and how investors can take advantage of various investment strategies ...
  98. What does the Efficient Market Hypothesis have to say about fundamental analysis?

    Find out what the efficient markets hypothesis has to say about fundamental analysis and how recent finance research has ...
  99. Top Investments for a Strong U.S. Dollar

    Looking to benefit from a strong U.S. dollar? Consider these stocks.
  100. Investing in REITs: What You Need to Know

    Thinking of investing in REITs? Here's what you need to know first.
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  1. What techniques are most useful for hedging exposure to the banking sector?

    Learn how investors hedge exposure to the banking sector by investing in more aggressive sectors and also by investing in ...
  2. How do I find the information needed for input into the Dividend Discount Model (DDM)?

    Learn where analysts and investors can find the three pieces of necessary information that allow them to calculate the dividend ...
  3. What does the Dividend Discount Model (DDM) show an investor about a company?

    Discover the purpose of the dividend discount model, or DDM, of stock analysis and what it specifically aims to evaluate ...
  4. What is the variance/covariance matrix or parametric method in Value at Risk (VaR)?

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