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  1. 5 Types Of Bitcoin Early Adopters, Part 2: Merchants

    Once the bitcoin novelty wears off, which types of merchants are most likely to realize the biggest long-term benefits from ...
  2. Why is it sometimes better to use an average inventory figure when calculating the ...

    For a couple of key reasons, average inventory can be a better and more accurate measure when calculating the inventory turnover ...
  3. How to Calculate the Value of an ETF

    An ETF is a good way to get broad exposure without taking on specific risk, but calculating performance may be a bit tricky. ...
  4. Taking Advantage of Pessimism

    Prophecies of economic catastrophe have become almost de rigueur in recent months, reality is that none of these regions ...
  5. Buying bonds at a premium? Note these 4 things

    Would you buy an investment that was guaranteed to go down in price?
  6. How do you calculate working capital?

    The formula for calculating working capital is straightforward, but lends great insight into the shorter-term health of a ...
  7. How do changes in working capital affect a company's cash flow?

    Working capital represents the difference between a firm's current assets and current liabilities.
  8. The World's Largest ETFs

    Is an exchange-traded fund with lots of assets necessarily a desirable one?
  9. 5 Ways Early Adopting Consumers Can Use Bitcoin

    How might consumers use Bitcoin in the near future?
  10. 7 Investments Beating The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

    Seven contenders for your investment dollars — assets that simultaneously diversify your portfolio as well as increase your ...
  11. Buyback ETFs: U.S. & International Strategies

    Buyback ETFs: Hold Off On The U.S. Version, Evaluate The International Adaptation.
  12. How do you calculate return on equity (ROE)?

    Return on equity (ROE) is a ratio that provides investors insight into how efficiently a company (or more specifically, its ...
  13. What are the main differences between return on equity (ROE) and return on assets ...

    Return on equity (ROE) and return on assets (ROA) are two of the most important measures for evaluating how effectively a ...
  14. What are the main differences between compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and internal ...

    The compound annual growth rate (CAGR), measures the return on an investment over a certain period of time. The internal ...
  15. Are companies with a negative return on equity (ROE) always a bad investment?

    Any metric that uses net income is basically nullified as an input when a company reports negative profits. Return on equity ...
  16. How do I calculate the inventory turnover ratio?

    The inventory turnover ratio is a key measure for evaluating how efficient management is at managing company inventory and ...
  17. How Do You Use Stock Simulators?

    Stock market simulators let you pick securities, make trades and track the results-all without risking a penny.
  18. Can High Fund Returns Be Deceiving?

    Don't focus too much on a mutual fund's recent returns. To pick a winner, look at how well it is poised for future success, ...
  19. Supply, Demand And Interest Rates: How They Relate

    A recent report from the Fed reveals a disconnect in global bond supply and demand, which partially explains why interest ...
  20. Where The Equity Opportunities Are

    Given that U.S. stocks are no longer cheap, most stock market bargains are now found overseas.
  21. Frontier Stocks: 3 Reasons They're A Strategic Asset Class

    Frontier markets have been gaining attention from market watchers and investors alike in recent months.
  22. Want A Career In Asset Management? Read This First

    When it comes to landing that job at an asset manager, not all degrees are created equally. Here's a look at the best schools ...
  23. Four Ways To Spot An Emerging Market

    The term "emerging market" is frustratingly ambiguous. It means a country has at least some market liquidity. But there's ...
  24. Apple? Google? Tesla? Which Will Be The First To Reach A $1 Trillion Market Cap?

    What would it take for a company to be the first to grab the coveted $1 trillion market-cap crown?
  25. A Quarter Century of Emerging-Markets Investing

    The investment potential of developing markets had been recognized for a long time, but the actual birth and classification ...
  26. Why is return on investment (ROI) a bad measure for calculating long-term investments?

    Return on investment (ROI) is a useful valuation tool, but it lacks meaning for long-term investments.
  27. What factors go into calculating social return on investment (SROI)?

    Find out how investors and companies are calculating the social return on investment (SROI), which evaluates both the financial ...
  28. How do I calculate the P/E ratio of a company?

    Find out how to calculate this common valuation ratio and what the results can tell you about a company's performance.
  29. Why Aren't More Young People Buying Homes?

    One of the drivers behind our slow housing recovery is an absence of a large portion of the buying audience: young, first-time ...
  30. Is Ukrainian Debt Worth a Look?

    Looking past the obvious risks, does Ukraine deserve the attention of investors? Here's one take.
  31. How can the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio mislead investors?

    A low P/E ratio doesn't automatically mean a stock is undervalued, just like a high P/E ratio doesn't necessarily mean it ...
  32. How can return on investment (ROI) calculations be manipulated?

    Check out an example of how the return on investment (ROI) for similar investments can vary greatly, depending on how the ...
  33. Are Stock ETF Investors Placing Too Much Faith In The Fed?

    For one thing, inflation-adjusted spending declined over the last few months. That cannot be a strong sign for the U.S
  34. 3 Midyear Portfolio Tune Up Tips For ETF Investors

    The midpoint of the year is often a great time to step back and assess your ETF portfolios strengths and weaknesses relative ...
  35. The Income Buyers Guide to REIT ETFs

    Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, have come a long way from the drubbing they experienced this time last year.
  36. 6 Questions For Your Realtor

    Before you start working with a real estate agent – especially if you're the one paying the agent's commission – make sure ...
  37. Is there value in comparing companies from different sectors by using the debt-to-equity ...

    Find out why using the debt-to-equity ratio for reviewing companies doesn't always make for an apples-to-apples comparison.
  38. What is the formula for calculating earnings per share (EPS)?

    Learn why earnings per share (EPS) is often considered to be one of the most important variables in determining a stock’s ...
  39. How do interest rates affect the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) calculation?

    The interest rate is one of many external factors that can change the inputs in the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) ...
  40. "Value" Investments: Social, Faith & Eco-Investing

    When it's time to invest, why not follow your heart along with your head? These four types of investments seek to do good ...
  41. Day Trading: Impoverishing Dilettantes Since 1990

    Operating a day-trading account is like owning thoroughbreds or an America’s Cup team. You can't just enter the arena with ...
  42. What is considered a high debt-to-equity ratio and what does it say about the company? ...

    Learn how to make sense of the debt-to-equity numbers of a company when looking for good investment opportunities.
  43. What are the best uses for trailing EPS, current EPS and forward EPS?

    The earnings per share (EPS) indicator has three basic types that can alert you to past, present and future health of a company.
  44. How can the current ratio be misinterpreted by investors?

    Statistics can be misleading, and numbers on the balance sheet are no exception. Find out how the current ratio can confuse ...
  45. What is the formula for calculating weighted average cost of capital (WACC)?

    Weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is the average after-tax cost of a company’s various capital sources, including ...
  46. What's the difference between weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and internal ...

    Both weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and internal rate of return (IRR) are great measures for assessing value, but ...
  47. What are the main differences between the current ratio and the quick ratio?

    Find out how the quick ratio and the current ratio can offer different views on a company's ability to pay off liabilities.
  48. Why is earnings per share (EPS) also known as “The Bottom Line”?

    "The bottom line" is a cliche is many aspects, but in finance the expression usually refers to a specific financial calculation: ...
  49. Is "100 Minus Your Age" Outdated?

    A longstanding rule of thumb says that your stock allocation should equal "100 minus your age." Now, some experts suggest ...
  50. Fiscal Deficit

    A shortfall that occurs when government spending exceeds government revenues, or taxes.
  51. How to Day Trade Volatility ETFs

    A primer on the ideal time to day trade volatility ETFs, and how to do it.
  52. Should You Double-Down On Dorms?

    Even with the cost of college so dear, enrollment continues to surge. That's good news for operators of student-housing real ...
  53. Avoid ETFs With These Traits

    Deciding which ETFs to avoid can be as important an investment decision as deciding in which ones to invest.
  54. Day-Trading Gold ETFs: Top Tips

    Learn when is the most favorable time to day-trade gold ETFs and how to take advantage.
  55. Cost of Debt

    Cost of debt is the rate, expressed as a percentage, that a company pays on its borrowings.
  56. Why The Best Financial Advisor Might Be You

    Many people enlist expert advice when dealing with their finances. But could going it alone be the best option?
  57. New Retirement Living Option - And Income Source

    Here's a new option for retirement planning that could help three generations of a family – and be the glue that binds them ...
  58. This Asian Nation Is Poised For Steady Growth

    This Southeast Asian nation's growth has analysts calling it a ‘Tiger Cub’, ‘a Next Eleven economy’ and ‘a new Tiger of Asia.’ ...
  59. Buyout Cycle Boosts Biotech ETFs

    The 230% single day gain that IDIX experienced as a result of the buyout had a huge impact on the SPDR Biotechnology ETF ...
  60. Synthetic vs Physical ETFs

    New and advanced versions of ETFs have been developed over the years.
  61. What You Need To Know About The Fiduciary Standard

    The financial industry has spent a boatload of money to prevent more stringent fiduciary requirements. Here’s what’s at stake.
  62. The Rise of 401(k) Brokerage Accounts

    Many 401(k) plans now allow participants to trade stocks and bonds by offering brokerage accounts inside the tax-deferred ...
  63. Disturbing Headlines, Strong Equity Markets: Why the Disconnect?

    It’s hard not to see some disconnect between recent disturbing world news headlines and the market’s quiet advance.
  64. U.S. Marshals To Auction Off Seized Bitcoins

    The U.S. Marshals are auctioning off 29,656.51306529 bitcoins seized from drug site Silk Road. To be eligible, you'll need ...
  65. Real Estate Flipping: 8 Disclosures You Must Make

    If you don't tell potential buyers about these situations and possible hazards, you could find yourself in court. Here's ...
  66. Will The High Times In High Yield Continue?

    With junk bond yields at around 5% now, investors are wondering whether the risk is worth the reward.
  67. Bear Market

    A financial market with declining asset prices fueled by investors’ pessimism, lack of confidence and negative expectations. ...
  68. Why Real Estate Crowdfunding Will Be Loved by You, The Lazy Investor

    A new investment that is growing in popularity is called real estate crowdfunding.
  69. Impact Investing: Making A Difference And A Profit

    Most investors spend their time chasing returns. But what if there was a way to do good while also turning a profit?
  70. Which Billionaire Could Be Your New Neighbor?

    Just how much real estate can the fortunes of the founders of Tesla, Google, Amazon and Microsoft buy? You'll be surprised.
  71. Time to Cash In Your U.S. Savings Bonds?

    If your U.S. Savings Bonds are dated 1984 or earlier, they've reached maturity and stopped paying interest. Cash them in ...
  72. Who Actually Benefits From Target Date Funds?

    This pre-packaged retirement investment option could be the perfect fit for some investors and a downfall for others. Which ...
  73. Why This Investment Will Remain A Boomer's Best Friend

    The retirement of millions of Baby Boomers will come with many knock-on effects, but risk-averse investors can take solace ...
  74. 3 “Risk-Off” Signs For ETF Investors

    Warning signs that ETF investors may wish to follow.
  75. How Risky Is A Short Sale?

    Short selling has a number of risks that make it highly unsuitable for the novice investor.
  76. Can the Stock & Bond Market Rallies Continue?

    If you’ve watched the news lately, you’ve noticed there is a lot of talk about interest rates. So you might be asking: Why ...
  77. A Guide For Buying ETFs On Margin

    "Buying on margin" is like shopping with a credit card, as it allows you to spend more than you have in your wallet.
  78. Should India Be On Investors' Radars?

    Policy paralysis and investor indifference have defined India for some time, but a new government bent on cutting red tape ...
  79. An Introduction To Target Date Funds

    Target date mutual funds can be an alternative to bonds and CDs for investors who do not wish to actively manage their savings. ...
  80. Five Questions to Ask About Your Company's 401(k) Plan

    Having a comfortable retirement depends on taking maximum advantage of your company's 401(k), if it's offered. Here's what ...
  81. Seven Well-Worn Secrets to Investment Success

    Highlights and recommendations of a veteran portfolio manager for investment success.
  82. Russian Interests

    Tensions between Russia and Ukraine remain high, and have spilled onto the international stage.
  83. Why a Rise In the National Debt Is Good for You

    In the first quarter of the year, the household national debt for Americans was $129 billion. Yet contrary to popular belief, ...
  84. Top 10 Factors When Buying Country ETFs

    Here are our Top Ten factors to consider when buying a country ETF.
  85. Value Offers a Cushion: Why Last Year’s Winners Are Now Losers and Vice Versa

    A trend in markets this year has been the poor performance of last year’s stock market winners, and the resilience of some ...
  86. Unconstrained Investing: What It Is … And What It Isn’t

    “Unconstrained investing” is a term that is bandied about frequently—and is an investment approach that can often be misunderstood.
  87. “Old Tech” ETFs Are Better Risk-Reward Prospects Than “New Tech” ETFs

    Scores of investors often regard Benjamin Graham as the grandfather of value investing. Even those who shun Graham’s ...
  88. What Is ICE LIBOR And What Is It Used For?

    In the case of ICE LIBOR, an innocent-sounding set of letters has a profound bearing on every loan you make.
  89. How To Earn The Most From CDs When Interest Rates Are Low

    Certificates of deposit might not seem like a good place to keep your money when interest rates are low, but they do offer ...
  90. When Should You Make A Short Sale?

    Consider making a short sale in the following circumstances: Bearish trend is developing rapidly, fundamentals are deteriorating, ...
  91. Four Market Risks to Focus on This Summer

    Four market risks to pay attention to this summer.
  92. Learn How To Invest Defensively From This Hedge Fund Pro

    With the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 hovering near all-time highs and plenty of investors shifting to a ...
  93. 5 Funds to Fight Inflation

    Judging by the price action and performance of conventional inflation hedges over the last 12 months, it appears the investing ...
  94. Why Now May Be The Right Time For Emerging Market Bonds

    The emerging markets fixed income space continues to see some volatility, but there are some potentially attractive entry ...
  95. Why Is Bitcoin's Value So Volatile?

    Bitcoin's value fluctuates due to a confluence of factors, including media hype and perceived value.
  96. Bargain ETFs Are Sitting In Plain View

    Last week, at the same time that the Dow had been hitting an all-time high, the Russell 2000 had been crossing below its ...
  97. Do U.S. High Corporate Tax Rates Hurt Americans?

    The United States has the highest corporate tax rate of the 34 developed, free-market nations that make up the Organization ...
  98. Five Things to Know About Quitclaim Deeds

    If that property you're about to buy has a quitclaim deed, check very carefully before you hand over your cash.
  99. Preparing Your Portfolio For Climate Change

    A recent White House's report paints an alarming picture of coming climate change. How will you adjust your portfolio to ...
  100. Could One Bitcoin Come To Be Worth $1 Million? Q&A

    "If Bitcoin lives up to its potential and becomes the working capital of international trade, it could be used for cross ...
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  1. What is the formula for calculating the current ratio?

    Find out how to calculate the current ratio and what that result can tell you about a potential investment.
  2. Why do share prices fall after a company has a secondary offering?

    The best way to answer this question is to provide a simple illustration of what happens when a company increases the number ...
  3. What is the difference between arbitrage and speculation?

    Arbitrage and speculation are very different strategies. Arbitrage involves the simultaneous buying and selling of an asset ...
  4. What are the generally accepted accounting principles for inventory reserves?

    As with most matters related to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), accountants assigned with the task of applying ...
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