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  1. What are some factors that affect a company's days payable outstanding (DPO)?

    Discover what factors affect a company's days payable outstanding (DPO) and how a company and its vendors interpret the result ...
  2. How do you calculate net current assets in Excel?

    Learn how to calculate net current assets, or working capital, in Microsoft Excel and how to evaluate the financial health ...
  3. How do traders use debit spreads to protect against loss?

    Review an example of how a trader might use a debit spread to limit the maximum loss on an options transaction, limiting ...
  4. Why is overhead cost allocation sometimes manipulated on an income statement?

    Learn why companies sometimes manipulate overhead costs to boost the appearance of overall profitability, and other reasons ...
  5. How can I profit from a fall in the metals and mining sector?

    Learn the methods that shrewd investors use to profit from a fall in the metals and mining sector. These methods include ...
  6. How do interest rates coordinate savings and investment in the economy?

    See how the rate of interest in an economy helps coordinate between savings, lending and investment. See how this changes ...
  7. What is a common number for days payable outstanding? (DPO)?

    Understand the accounting term, days payable outstanding (DPO), and learn what the most common time period is for a company ...
  8. When are current assets converted to liquid assets?

    Understand the meaning of the accounting term ''current assets,'' and learn when and how current assets are converted into ...
  9. What is the difference between gross profit, operating profit and net income?

    Learn about the relationship between gross profit, operating profit and net income and how these financial concepts are calculated.
  10. How is an economy formed and why does it grow?

    Find out how an economy forms and why it grows, including the role that financial markets play and how productivity increases ...
  11. Why A High-Yield Dividend May Not Be Sustainable?

    Dividend stocks are the foundation from which great retirement portfolios are built, and they serve multiple purposes for ...
  12. Why You Shouldn’t Sell Baidu Stocks?

    Baidu has seen its stock soar more than 130%. But after such a significant run-up, is it time for investors to cash out and ...
  13. What role do SPVs / SPEs play in public-private partnerships?

    Find out why governments and private actors prefer to use special purpose vehicles, or SPVs, when they undertake public-private ...
  14. Why is PPP (purchasing power parity) controversial?

    Find out why economists disagree about the conceptual validity of the theory of purchasing power parity (PPP) to describe ...
  15. What emerging markets are best suited for investing in the oil & gas drilling sector?

    Read about which emerging markets or potential emerging markets are well-suited for investing in the oil and natural gas ...
  16. Are there leveraged ETFs that track the financial services sector?

    Discover some of the leading companies offering leveraged ETFs today and learn specifically what leveraged ETFs are available ...
  17. What percentage of a diversified portfolio should be invested in the financial services ...

    Learn about how investors use their assessed risk tolerance to determine what percentage of their portfolios should be invested ...
  18. How do you find the level of EBIT where EPS doesn't change?

    Learn about the relationship between earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT and earnings per share (EPS) and how to find ...
  19. How do I determine where to set my stop loss?

    Read about some theories on stop-loss placement and how traders use stop-loss orders to hedge against losses and capture ...
  20. What is the formula for calculating weighted average cost of capital (WACC) in Excel?

    Learn about the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) formula and how it is used to estimate the average cost of raising ...
  21. Which developed markets have the greatest exposure to financial services?

    Understand the position of firms in the financial service sectors located in the major developed nations in relation to challenges ...
  22. What Has Seadrill Really Excited?

    Seadrill was caught off guard by the drop in the price of oil, that has forced it to make tough decisions, like cutting its ...
  23. How To Manage Portfolio Risk

    Follow these tips to successfully manage portfolio risk.
  24. What's the difference between an index fund and an actively managed fund?

    Learn the difference between actively-managed funds and index funds. Explore the risks and benefits associated with each ...
  25. What's the difference between the general ledger and a general journal?

    Keeping records for most organizations require a double-entry bookkeeping system, which revolves around transactions in the ...
  26. What's Fair Value?

    Fair value has three different meanings depending on the context.
  27. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly called Dodd-Frank, was passed in 2010. The goal of ...
  28. Chesapeake Energy Sees History Repeating Itself

    Chesapeake was on the wrong side of natural gas when its price plunged in 2012, and it appears to be repeating itself after ...
  29. Is Now the Time for Junk Bonds?

    A bet on high-yield bonds is a bet that the global economy will continue to improve...but not too much.
  30. What is a Corporation?

    A corporation is an organization—usually a large business—with specific characteristics.
  31. Can American Capital Agency Maintain Its Dividend?

    Dividend investors know that real estate investment trusts with REITs that invest in mortgage-backed securities produce double-digit ...
  32. What is Present Value?

    Present value tells us how much a future sum of money is worth today, given a specified rate of return. This is an important ...
  33. What is Securitization?

    Securitization is the process of converting an asset, or group of assets, into a marketable security. Often times, the securitized ...
  34. Pimco and Vanguard: A Tale of Two Fund Managers

    A look at the similarities and differences of asset management giants Pimco and Vanguard.
  35. What measures should a company take if its times interest earned ratio is too high?

    Find out why and when a company's times interest earned ratio can be considered too high and what measures can be taken to ...
  36. When and why are technical indicators useful?

    Discover what technical indicators are, when they are useful and how their specific design limits their meaningfulness to ...
  37. Short Russia with Direxion's Daily Russia Bear 3X

    Looking to short Russia? Check out the Direxion Daily Russia Bear 3X ETF.
  38. An Overview of Janus Capital Management

    A look at Janus Capital and the funds it manages.
  39. Investing In Social Media Startups? Read This First

    Several new social media startups are attracting large amounts of funding, based on their prospects of retaining a large ...
  40. Enter Trades Ahead Of The Emotional Crowd

    Traders profit in highly competitive markets by shifting their strategies backward or forward, entering positions ahead of ...
  41. Who exactly needs to be paying attention to the time interest earned ratio of a company?

    See why creditors pay special attention to a firm's times interest earned ratio and how their interpretation impacts management ...
  42. What does a high times interest earned ratio signify with regard to a company's future?

    Learn how the times interest earned ratio affects the perception of solvency of a company, and what a high ratio can mean ...
  43. How do I implement a forex strategy when spotting a Stick Sandwich Pattern?

    Learn about the stick sandwich and how to use this reversal pattern in conjunction with other technical indicators to create ...
  44. How do traders and analyst create profitable Swing Trading strategies in forex?

    Learn how to create a profitable swing trading strategy in the forex market using price channels on bullish, bearish and ...
  45. How can I calculate the times interest earned in Excel?

    Read about a simple way to calculate times interest expense by using Microsoft Excel. TIE is a common ratio used to evaluate ...
  46. How can I trade in foreign futures?

    Discover how an American investor can get started in trading foreign futures, including which regulations and restrictions ...
  47. What measures should a company take if its total debt to total assets ratio is too ...

    Learn how the total debt to total assets ratio is analyzed by investors and lenders, and how a high ratio can be remedied ...
  48. Five Janus Mutual Funds With High Alpha

    A look at some of the alpha-generating equity funds from Janus.
  49. Understanding the Capital Adequacy Ratio

    The capital adequacy ratio (CAR) is an international standard that measures a bank’s risk of insolvency from excessive losses. ...
  50. What does Large Cap mean?

    The “cap” in large cap refers to a company’s capitalization as determined by the total market value of its publicly traded ...
  51. What are Financial Statements?

    Financial statements are a picture of a company’s financial health for a given period of time at a given point in time. The ...
  52. How Is Main Street Capital Growing?

    Dividend investors are always on the lookout for high-yielding investments, and one niche in the investment world has paid ...
  53. What Would Be Of BreitBurn Energy This Summer?

    This Spring, BreitBurn Energy Partners' banks will take a closer look at its credit facility and redetermine its borrowing ...
  54. Is Union Pacific Still A Good Dividend Stock?

    It is impossible for a competitor to secure enough right-of-way real estate and cost advantages to compete with U.S. Class ...
  55. Is It Time To Shun Altria Group?

    If you're in the market for a high-yielding dividend stock with an unmatched history of shareholder returns, then you can't ...
  56. How are accounts payable listed on a company's balance sheet?

    Find out how accounts payable is listed on a company's balance sheet, why it is considered a current liability, and how it ...
  57. Why do businesses calculate accrued expenses?

    Find out why businesses calculate accrued expenses, how they are applied and what circumstances give rise to accrual entries ...
  58. Is there a limit to the number of SPVs / SPEs a company can create?

    Find out how many special purpose entities a corporation can create, and why legislating these affiliate companies can be ...
  59. Can bond traders trade on interest rate swaps?

    Read about interest rate swaps and why these transactions are performed by institutional actors in the bond market, not individual ...
  60. Are small cap companies less safe investments than large cap companies?

    Compare the safety of investing in small- and large-cap companies. Find out how each performs in different situations and ...
  61. What is the most typical holding in an SPV?

    Learn why property-based investments are the most common kind of holding within a Special Purpose Vehicle, or SPV, and how ...
  62. What is the Difference Between Institutional Traders and Retail Traders?

    The differences between retail and institutional traders lie in the size of the trade, level of sophistication, and the ...
  63. The Motley Fool vs. TheStreet: Which Is Which?

    Motley Fool and TheStreet.com provide financial news and other investment services, but each has unique traits that will ...
  64. How is correlation used differently in finance and economics?

    Take a look at the similarities and differences between how statistical correlation is applied in economics as opposed to ...
  65. How is correlation used to measure volatility?

    See how the correlation between an asset and its benchmark index can be used as a proxy to determine the relative volatility ...
  66. How do I use a Turtle Channel to create a forex trading strategy?

    Learn two simple forex trading strategies, one trend trading strategy and one swing trading strategy, that can be implemented ...
  67. Are accounts payable an expense?

    Learn about how to differentiate between liability accounts and expense accounts, and see why accounts payable is considered ...
  68. How is correlation used in modern portfolio theory?

    Discover how modern portfolio theory and the efficient frontier use correlation between investment assets to predict an optimal ...
  69. Are accounts payable an asset?

    Find out why the general ledger accounts payable is considered to be a current liability, not a current asset, and how it ...
  70. Are accounts payable a liability?

    Take an in-depth look at accounts payable, or trade payable, an important current liability account listed on a company's ...
  71. How do I implement a forex strategy when spotting a Tri-Star Pattern?

    Learn about the tri-star pattern and how to use this reversal signal in conjunction with other technical indicators to create ...
  72. Are accounts payable counted as revenue?

    See how accounts payable is treated on the balance sheet, and why it is considered an expense and liability rather than revenue ...
  73. How do I build a profitable strategy when spotting an Tri-Star pattern?

    Learn how to use corroborating evidence from technical indicators such as volume to create a profitable trade strategy based ...
  74. What are the best technical indicators to complement the Ultimate Oscillator?

    Learn about the technical indicators traders use to complement trading with the Ultimate Oscillator indicator, including ...
  75. What Is Cold Storage For Bitcoin And Why Does It Matter?

    With increasing incidents of hacking in the world of digital currency, cold storage offers a safe place for the cryptocurrency ...
  76. How Two Harbors' Derivatives Work?

    Mortgage REITs, like Two Harbors , have cut their dividend payments as interest rate trends have eaten into profitability ...
  77. Is Prospect Capital Exposed To Elevated Losses?

    According to a federal government report, the quality of leveraged loans has begun to deteriorate. Prospect Capital specializes ...
  78. How Realty Income Became A Top Dividend Stock?

    Real-estate investment trusts have gained in popularity over the years as income investors look for reliable stream of cash ...
  79. Sectors Hit by Sanctions on North Korea

    We look at the sectors most affected by the US sanctions imposed against North Korea.
  80. Motif Investing Broker Review: Easy Thematic Investing

    A review of Motif Investing, a new online brokerage that brings thematic investing to individual investors and financial ...
  81. The Impact of the Janus Market Timing Ruling

    A look at the impact of the Janus Supreme Court ruling on market timing.
  82. How Is SandRidge Energy Really Looking To Grow?

    SandRidge Energy is following the playbook of almost every other oil and gas company in the country: cutting spending and ...
  83. These 4 Precious Metals ETFs Help Combat Inflation

    A look at 4 precious metal ETFs to combat inflation when it hits.
  84. Preferred Stock ETFs: Are They Right for You?

    Considering preferred stock ETFs? Here's a look at their pros and cons.
  85. ETF Fees: What You Should Know

    A look at how ETF Fees work.
  86. A New Economic Threat: State-Sponsored Hacking

    State sponsored hacking attempts are becoming a major cause of concern to the US. Here is a list of US sectors most vulnerable ...
  87. How does seasonality affect the financial services sector?

    Take a look at some of the ways that seasonal trend analysis can be applied to various financial services providers and the ...
  88. How many nations must a company trade in to be considered a multinational corporation?

    Learn about the conditions a company has to meet to be considered multinational, and find out when investing in multinational ...
  89. What makes China's special administrative regions (SAR) so special?

    Learn why China's special administrative regions are special and why they have many of the same characteristics of independent ...
  90. What is the Zig Zag Indicator formula and how is it calculated?

    Learn what the zig zag indicator formula is and how it is calculated while learning how important it can be in your trading ...
  91. What are the advantages of an index fund over an ETF?

    Diversifying a portfolio is one of pillars of investing basics, and an index fund can provide an investor with exposure to ...
  92. Do tax liabilities appear in the financial statements?

    Find out how taxes are shown on the balance sheet, the income statement and the cash flow statement, and why taxes are an ...
  93. Are Women Steadier Long-Term Investors?

    We look at the differences in behavior between male and female and found that women are steadier customers when it comes ...
  94. Why Mutual Funds Lose Their Five-Star Ratings?

    Ratings help people feel confident about their decision before purchasing. Morningstar’s rating system helps people to find ...
  95. How risky is it to invest in metals and mining companies with operations in politically ...

    Learn about a number of risk factors such as tax policies and changes in fees that can affect a mining company operating ...
  96. Why is the Zig Zag indicator important for traders and analysts?

    Learn what the zig zag indicator is, and how traders and investors use it to help them identify when the trend of a security ...
  97. Are warrants more desirable than options?

    Understand what stock warrants are, the differences between warrants and options, and learn whether warrants or options are ...
  98. What are the differences between deferred expenses and prepaid expenses?

    Learn the difference between prepaid expense and deferred expense and how businesses use and record each in standard accounting ...
  99. Why is the Williams %R oscillator important for traders and analysts?

    Understand the technical momentum indicator Williams %R and how it is commonly utilized by traders and market analysts to ...
  100. Why should a growth investor consider the metals and mining sector?

    Examine facts and trends about the metals and mining sector and the world economy that make metals and mining stocks attractive ...
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  1. Why is the EBITDA margin considered to be a good indicator of a company's financial health?

    Understand why the EBITDA margin is a good indicator of a company's financial health. Learn why it also has some drawbacks ...
  2. How attractive is the internet sector for a growth investor?

    Learn why the Internet sector is an attractive option for growth investors, as well as what many of them do to reduce the ...
  3. What are some examples of different types of capital?

    Learn about the different types of capital, including financial, human and social capital, and how each is a valuable asset ...
  4. What is the formula for calculating opportunity cost?

    Learn about the opportunity cost formula and how businesses use this calculation to decide between investment and capital ...
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