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  1. What does asset management mean in regards to real estate?

    Find out what role asset managers play in the real estate markets, how real estate portfolios are selected and why entrepreneurial ...
  2. The Biggest Threats to Netflix

    A look at the biggest threats to Netflix and whether it can maintain its current growth rate.
  3. This ETF Can Weather Any Market Condition

    Looking for a winning ETF that's capable of performing in almost any environment?
  4. Emerging Markets to Avoid in 2015

    Looking to gain exposure to emerging markets in 2015? Avoid these two.
  5. Is this ETF Your Best Bet for Emerging Markets?

    Are emerging markets still emerging? If you believe so, this ETF could be your best bet.
  6. Top 7 Roth IRA Stocks for 2015

    Looking for stocks with long-term potential for your Roth IRA? Here are the top seven picks for 2015.
  7. How can an investor hedge exposure to the aerospace sector?

    Learn how investors hedge exposure to the aerospace sector by devoting portfolio space to metals and other counter-cyclical ...
  8. When during the economic cycle should I invest in the banking sector?

    Learn how your individual investing style determines what phase of the economic cycle is the best time to invest in the banking ...
  9. In what situations does it benefit a company to buy back outstanding shares?

    Learn about the reasons a company may choose to buy back its outstanding shares, such as reducing the cost of capital and ...
  10. What valuable information can a company's Additional Paid in Capital provide to potential ...

    See how potential investors can sometimes use Additional Paid in Capital to assess the level of shareholder confidence in ...
  11. How can I profit from a fall in the automotive sector?

    Learn how you can use speculation methods, such as short selling, futures contracts and options contracts, to profit from ...
  12. How do I determine what percentage of my portfolio to invest in blue chip stock?

    Learn how to determine what percentage of a portfolio should be invested in blue-chip stocks. Understand what strategy is ...
  13. What is the average price-to-book ratio for a bank?

    Learn what the average price to book (P/B) ratio is in the banking industry and how the P/B evaluation is used when analyzing ...
  14. What are the limitations of using delta to hedge options?

    Learn about the delta of an option, how to delta hedge an option position and the limitations of using delta to hedge an ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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.
  18. What do efficiency ratios measure?

    Learn about efficiency ratios, what they measure, how to calculate commonly used efficiency ratios and how to interpret these ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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.
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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, ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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.
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. Post-Election Opportunities For Nigerian Oil

    Nigeria has an historic opportunity to reform and improve its oil industry now that elections are over.
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. 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 ...
  53. 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 ...
  54. 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 ...
  55. 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 ...
  56. 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 ...
  57. 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 ...
  58. 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 ...
  59. 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 ...
  60. 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 ...
  61. 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 ...
  62. Are There Taxes On Bitcoins?

    Here is a short guide to the tax implications when using or investing in bitcoins in the US.
  63. 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 ...
  64. Brokerage Review: How Useful Is TradeStation?

    TradeStation uses its experience in developing early groundbreaking trading software to create and enhance its own online ...
  65. 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.
  66. 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 ...
  67. 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 ...
  68. What is an Index?

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

    The private sector encompasses all for-profit businesses that are not owned or operated by the government.
  70. 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 ...
  71. 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 ...
  72. Understanding Regression

    Regression is a statistical analysis that attempts to predict the effect of one or more variables on another variable.
  73. 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 ...
  74. 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 ...
  75. 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 ...
  76. 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 ...
  77. 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 ...
  78. 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 ...
  79. 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 ...
  80. 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 ...
  81. How are international investment banking practices regulated?

    See which international organizations are responsible for overseeing and regulating global investment banks, including the ...
  82. 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 ...
  83. 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 ...
  84. 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 ...
  85. 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 ...
  86. 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 ...
  87. 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. ...
  88. 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 ...
  89. 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.
  90. 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 ...
  91. 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 ...
  92. 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 ...
  93. 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 ...
  94. 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 ...
  95. How To Prepare For Volatile Markets?

    News surrounding market volatility might make one never to invest again: headlines speak of “roller coasters”, “turbulence” ...
  96. 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 ...
  97. 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 ...
  98. 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 ...
  99. 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.
  100. 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 ...
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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What role do shareholders play in a capital budget?

    Learn about why shareholders play an integral role in capital budgeting and how it benefits businesses to use equity capital ...
  2. Why would you use the TTM (trailing twelve months) rather than the data from the last annual report?

    Learn why investors use trailing 12 months rather than the numbers from the last annual report. Learn what cannot be calculated ...
  3. What are the long-term trends investors should consider before buying shares of a telecommunication company?

    Read about the long-term trends facing the telecommunications industry and how investors can keep an eye on upcoming telecom ...
  4. How do government bailouts increase moral hazard?

    Learn how government bailouts increase moral hazard by shifting the responsibility of bad behavior from guilty executives ...
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