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  1. What are some examples of how cash flows can be manipulated or distorted?

    Read about some of the most common accounting techniques that can be used to manipulate the operating cash flow on a company's ...
  2. Where can I find the balance sheet of a country?

    Learn where to find balance sheets for different countries. Explore how different accounting standards may affect the quality ...
  3. Is free cash flow the same as net free cash flow?

    Know the difference between your net cash flow and free cash flow when pitching your company to any of your potential stockholders.
  4. How do I calculate cost of goods sold (COGS) using the first in, first out (FIFO) ...

    Learn how to use the first in, first out, or FIFO, method of cost flow assumption to calculate the cost of goods sold, or ...
  5. How is it possible for a company to have a negative enterprise value?

    Learn about enterprise value and how value investors use it to find good companies with undervalued stocks. Negative enterprise ...
  6. What does a mutual fund's beta coefficient measure?

    Evaluate the risk associated with a particular mutual fund by determining its beta coefficient, which illustrates the fund's ...
  7. How can I get a mutual fund prospectus?

    Read and understand the prospectus before investing in a mutual fund. You can obtain a copy from the fund company, your financial ...
  8. Can I purchase mutual funds for my IRA?

    Learn how to invest your IRA assets in mutual funds. Discover a few of the different types of mutual funds available for ...
  9. ETF Options Hedge Risk of ETF Trades

    With more ETFs to trade, the risks associated with these investments have grown. To mitigate these risks, ETF options are ...
  10. How Does Janus's Fund Lineup Look Now?

    With the addition of 'Bond King' Bill Gross, Janus is a changed firm. Here's what its fund lineup looks like now.
  11. Tips To Beat Inflation For Near-Retireees

    How can investors close to retirement protect the purchasing power of their savings? Here are some tips for near-retirees ...
  12. What is the Education Savings Bond Program?

    Learn about the education savings bond program and find out if you are eligible to use your savings bonds for payments toward ...
  13. How can I find good investments among lower rated bonds?

    Invest in high-yield bonds through mutual funds, exchange-traded funds or closed-end funds, leaving the job of finding a ...
  14. How do you calculate retained earnings per share?

    Research the amount of retained earnings per share compared over time to understand whether or not a company uses its profits ...
  15. What is the difference between enterprise value and equity value?

    Valuating a business accurately depends heavily on the purpose of the valuation. Learn how enterprise value and equity value ...
  16. What are common strategies traders implement when identifying a Bearish Engulfing ...

    Learn how to spot a bearish engulfing pattern, and learn some of the trading strategies you can implement to take advantage ...
  17. What is the difference between EE and I Bonds?

    Read about the similarities and differences between the EE and I savings bond programs created by the U.S. Department of ...
  18. What causes a bond's price to rise?

    Learn about factors that influence the price of a bond, such as interest rate changes, credit rating, yield and overall market ...
  19. How does a bond's coupon interest rate affect its price?

    Find out why the difference between the coupon interest rate on a bond and prevailing market interest rates has a large impact ...
  20. What are examples of cost of goods sold (COGS) for businesses that sell through eBay ...

    Read how online retailers that operate through eBay or Etsy can list certain expenses as cost of goods sold and even claim ...
  21. What's the difference between enterprise value and market capitalization?

    Learn the difference between two commonly utilized valuation tools: market capitalization and enterprise value, and see how ...
  22. How do I judge a mutual fund's performance?

    Evaluate mutual fund performance utilizing resources such as Morningstar; compare the fund with others in its peer group ...
  23. Top Insurance Companies

    Ranking the largest insurance companies can be done in a number of ways. Identifying which companies are competitors is a ...
  24. Thank You, Pimco: BlackRock Drops Bond-Fund Fees

    Blackrock has lowered its fees to snag money leaving Pimco's bond funds. But by how much and who's following suit? Read on.
  25. How did 27,000 investors answer to these questions

    We asked more than 27,000 investors across 20 countries questions related to financial issues, from retirement to savings ...
  26. What are some examples of industries that cannot claim cost of goods sold (COGS)?

    Discover which types of businesses are not allowed to list cost of goods sold on their income statement or claim their COGS ...
  27. What methods can the government use to control inflation?

    Find out what inflation is, what a government can do to control it, and how the results of those actions help or hurt the ...
  28. How are savings bonds taxed?

    Learn who is responsible for reporting U.S. EE savings bond interest for taxation and when the interest can be reported for ...
  29. What is the difference between the dividend yield and the dividend payout ratio?

    Learn the differences between a stock's dividend yield and its dividend payout ratio, and learn why the latter might be a ...
  30. What metrics should I evaluate when looking for high-yielding dividend stocks?

    Evaluate high-yield dividend stocks to determine if they are a good investment to produce steady income. Learn what questions ...
  31. Which is more important - dividend yield or total return?

    Learn to distinguish between those times when dividend yield or total return is a more useful performance metric for a company's ...
  32. The 10 Biggest Latin American Banks

    Brazil is home to most of the major banks in Latin America, claiming six of the ten largest financial institutions in the ...
  33. What The Department of Housing and Urban Development Does

    The HUD runs programs intended to support homeownership, increase safe and affordable rental housing, reduce homelessness ...
  34. What's the difference between retained earnings and revenue?

    See why retained earnings and revenue are both considered important measurements of a company's financial performance, and ...
  35. Where International Real Estate Is Booming

    Which country has the hottest property market right now? The answer will undoubtedly surprise you.
  36. What is Alibaba?

    Alibaba might not yet have the name recognition of other ecommerce players like Amazon, but with its record-breaking IPO, ...
  37. What Merger And Acquisition Firms Do

    The merger or acquisition process can be intimidating. This is why merger and acquisition firms step in to facilitate the ...
  38. SIC Vs. NAIC -An Introduction To Industry Classification Codes

    Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes and the more recent NAICS codes are crucial to classifying data to measure ...
  39. Top 5 Forex Risks Traders Should Consider

    With a long list of risks, losses associated with foreign exchange trading may be greater than initially expected. Here are ...
  40. How A Limited Government Affects A Country's Finances

    Countries with limited governments have fewer laws about what individuals and businesses can and can’t do. What's the net ...
  41. Index Options: A How-To Guide

    Index options, financial derivatives that derive their value from a stock index, can provide stability and peace of mind ...
  42. How Trading Algorithms Are Created

    The steps quantitative traders, and traders using algorithms, follow in order to create their algorithms.
  43. Quants: What They Do and How They've Evolved

    It sounds exciting to be a quantitative trader, but what do they do? Here's a sneak peak into the world of a "quant."
  44. How Advisors Can Help Clients Stomach Volatility

    Investing has its ups and downs, but financial advisers can do much to prepare their clients and their clients' portfolios ...
  45. The Best 4 Places To Invest In Latin America

    Far from stagnant growth, crushing inflation or political instability, these Latin American nations deserve consideration ...
  46. Buying A Home: Cash Vs. Mortgage

    If you have the funds, should you buy your home with all cash? Here's how to decide which option – cash or mortgage – makes ...
  47. Preferred Stocks versus Bonds: How to Choose

    What is the difference between corporate bonds and preferred stock? The following are a list of pros and cons for each investment.
  48. The Top Five Alibaba Shareholders

    In addition to the new public shareholders, BABA has several prominent major stakeholders. Here are the top five.
  49. The Risks Of Buying Bitcoin

    Virtual currency is probably here to stay, but what about Bitcoin specifically? Does it have a first-to-market advantage? ...
  50. Strategic Asset Allocation

    Strategic asset allocation is a portfolio strategy that involves setting target allocations for various asset classes, then ...
  51. Return On Capital Employed - ROCE

    Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) is a financial ratio that measures company's ability to earn a return on all of the capital ...
  52. What is Revenue?

    Revenue is the amount of money a company brings in from the goods and/or services it sells. Companies usually calculate and ...
  53. What Bill Gross's Arrival Means To Janus Capital

    Janus Capital's history now has two distinct eras: Before Gross and After Gross. Here's a look at the new Janus and its entry ...
  54. The Top Chinese Companies Traded In The U.S.

    While many Chinese companies trade only on foreign exchanges, some of the top Chinese companies who trade in the United States ...
  55. The Real Estate of Oil

    When it comes to real estate, it is location, location, location - and a location with oil or gas underneath may be the most ...
  56. An Introduction To Price Action Trading Strategies

    For traders who want a mix of technical analysis with their own control in decisions, price action trading offers the perfect ...
  57. Funding Higher Education With An ISA

    ISAs are financial instruments that allow students to raise funds to pay for their degrees by selling shares in their future ...
  58. Where NOT To Invest in Latin America

    Venezuela has more oil than anyone, and Brazil and Argentina have lots going for them, too, so why can't they get out of ...
  59. Getting Market Leverage: CFD versus Spread Betting

    Leveraged products offer investors the opportunity to get significant market exposure with a small initial deposit. Contracts ...
  60. Contract for Difference (CFD) Risks

    Contracts for differences are flexible, highly leverageable trading instruments. They offer potentially outsized returns ...
  61. Why BOND Still Might Be In A Class Of Its Own

    How did investors select worthy alternatives so quickly given the majority of the assets were liquidated at a break neck ...
  62. Keeping More Of Your ETF Capital Gains And Income

    How can you keep more of what you make or made when you retire? Minimize the taxes from short-term trades and taxable interest ...
  63. Emerging Market ETFs Join The “Risk-On” Party?

    The world’s semi-coordinated effort to fight deflation as well as pump up gross world product has sent a number of ETFs onto ...
  64. The Most Common Roth IRA Investments

    What types of investments are most likely to be found in a Roth IRA (and why)?
  65. Getting In On The Texas Oil And Gas Land Boom

    It's no secret that landowners are enjoying rising prices of their oil- and gas-producing plots, but is there any way for ...
  66. Why Is Short Selling Legal? A Brief History

    Short selling -- selling borrowed stock in hopes the price goes down -- was unregulated until the Great Depression.
  67. The Most Important Factors For Investing In Real Estate

    It's a little more complicated than "location, location, location."
  68. What is the difference between credit rating and equity research?

    Find out how and why investors look at credit ratings and equity research to help inform their decisions for different types ...
  69. How is the Social Security trust fund invested?

    Read about how the Social Security trust fund is set up, paid into, borrowed from and invested by the U.S. government and ...
  70. Stores Where You Can Buy Things With Bitcoins

    One reason some people are wary of Bitcoin is they're not sure what to do with it other than buy and hold. But the Bitcoin ...
  71. What You Should Know About Hong Kong SAR

    You might know that Hong Kong is both a bastion of capitalism separate from (but also administered by) socialist China. How ...
  72. How Amgen Makes Billions On Just A Few Drugs

    Amgen produces relatively few drugs, but that's doesn't mean it's any less essential or profitable. Here's a look at the ...
  73. Solar Is Starting To Win The Price War

    For solar energy, the story has always been its price relative to fossil fuel prices. Grid parity with natural gas and coal ...
  74. The Death Of The Glamour Stock

    The market has started to realize that QE didn’t keep U.S. Treasury rates low. Instead it encouraged risk-seeking behavior ...
  75. Holiday Savings: A Tip a Day Till Christmas

    Start planning and saving for the holiday season, to avoid starting the New Year with a mountain of holiday debt.
  76. The Key Differences Between ETFs And Mutual Funds

    Given the distinctions between the two kinds of funds, which one is better for you? It depends, so read on.
  77. Three Reasons Why Interest Rates Could Stay Low

    With long-term rates expectations in the US to modestly climb in the near future, interest rates are likely to remain low ...
  78. Munis, Midterms And What To Watch

    There are a few things worth watching in the medterm presidential elections.
  79. How Carlos Slim Built His Fortune

    How did Carlos Slim Helú get to be so wealthy? Here's a look at where the man came from and how he got to where he is.
  80. Investing In New York City REITs

    So you want a bite of The Big Apple? These REITs focus on New York City real estate. Here's what you need to know.
  81. Consumer Staples Defend against Volatility

    Volatility has crept back into the market, but consumers can defend against price swings by investing in consumer staples.
  82. Roth IRAs: Investing And Trading Do’s And Don’ts

    Just what can you invest in in a Roth IRA? And what constitutes a prohibited transaction?
  83. China's GDP Examined: A Service-Sector Surge

    China's economy has surged over the last several decades but still has a ways to go to modernize. Here's a look.
  84. 5 Things You Need To Know About Index Funds

    Index funds, at their best, offer a low-cost way for investors to track popular stock and bond market indexes. But not all ...
  85. What Can an Investor Learn from DuckTales?

    "DuckTales" told the story of Scrooge McDuck. Are there any lessons for an adult investor you might have missed as a child?
  86. The Top Reasons Behind The U.S. National Debt

    National debt, as with a business, is basically the difference between receipts and expenses--but in the U.S., the latter ...
  87. Technical Analysis Strategies for Beginners

    Some investors find fundamentals boring. For those types, there's technical analysis. It's not difficult, but it requires ...
  88. Law of Demand

    The law of demand is one of the most fundamental principles in microeconomics. It's all about how price affects demand. According ...
  89. Systematic Risk

    Systematic risk, also known as volatility, non-diversifiable risk or market risk, is the risk everyone assumes when investing ...
  90. Factors Of Production

    Factors of production is an economic term describing the general inputs used to produce goods and services to make a profit. ...
  91. 7 Ways To Protect Against Credit Card Hacks

    If you haven't been hacked yet, it may just be a matter of time. Here's how to protect yourself as much as possible before ...
  92. Payback Period

    Payback period is the time it takes for an investment to generate an amount of income or cash equal to the cost of the investment. ...
  93. Main Characteristics of Capitalist Economies

    Commerce is based on the principles of capitalism, but there are few, if any, examples of pure capitalism except in theory.
  94. Self-Directed IRA: The Right Move For You?

    How to benefit from the self-directed IRA's increased investment opportunities – and avoid the scams.
  95. 9 Reasons You May Never Retire

    As we face more years on this planet, the quality of that life becomes more important, and so you will need more gold to ...
  96. Navigating E-commerce: Alibaba, eBay and Amazon

    Amazon, e-Bay and Alibaba were each game-changers in global e-commerce, with each not only finding its own niche, but inventing ...
  97. HUD-1 Form: What Must Be On It

    You can't close on property involving federally related mortgages without a HUD-1 form. Use these instructions for a correct ...
  98. The Fear And Greed Cycle Lives On

    The last few years in the market have been an interesting experiment in psychological conditioning and overall complacency. ...
  99. Credit Card Breach: How To Stay Safe

    You learn that credit card numbers have been stolen from a store you use. How to protect yourself in general – and what to ...
  100. Are You An Investor Or Trader?

    Some stock market participants are investors or traders, and others are trying to do both. Often, they get in trouble by ...
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