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  1. The Future of Big Pharma Stocks

    A look at the future health of big pharma stocks.
  2. How to Do the Fundamental And Technical Combo Trade

    Fundamental and technical analyses should be viewed as complementary rather than competing practices. When combined, these ...
  3. What are some of the limitations and drawbacks of using the cash conversion cycle ...

    Understand some of the limitations analysts must take into account when using the cash conversion cycle, or CCC, to evaluate ...
  4. How do I find out my own risk tolerance?

    Learn why risking capital can be risky business, how much risk can you afford and how to determine the right amount of risk ...
  5. When is accrual accounting more useful than cash accounting?

    Learn when accrual accounting is more useful than cash accounting when trying to determine a company's performance over a ...
  6. What is the difference between an operational expense and an administrative expense?

    An operating expense covers the production and marketing of products and services, whereas an administrative expense covers ...
  7. What are the different capitalization ratios?

    Learn about capitalization ratios, three different ratios that measure debt in relation to capital structure and how to calculate ...
  8. What are some examples of Cash Flow from Financing (CFF)?

    Learn about examples of cash flow from financing, such as how companies fund their operations and how it is reflected in ...
  9. What can cause an asset to trade above its market value?

    Learn some of the factors that can affect the price of an investment asset and the major reasons why an asset might trade ...
  10. What is the difference between present value and net present value?

    Understand the difference between the present value and net present value calculations and how these formulas are used in ...
  11. Why is Average Collection Period important to a company?

    Discover why the average collection period can be a particularly important accounting ratio for a company that relies heavily ...
  12. What are some common examples of marketable securities?

    Learn about marketable securities and the most common types of both debt and equity securities, including common stock, bonds ...
  13. What is the purpose of drawing up a cash flow statement?

    Understand the reasons behind why a company draws up a cash flow statement. Learn how it is used to understand the trends ...
  14. Which financial ratio best reflects capital structure?

    Learn about the debt-to-equity ratio and why this metric is widely considered the most useful reflection of a company's capital ...
  15. What is considered to be a good fixed asset turnover ratio?

    Learn what the fixed asset turnover ratio is, how the ratio is calculated and how the fixed asset turnover ratio can be used ...
  16. How much debt is too much when calculating capital budgeting?

    Learn how companies determine how much debt is acceptable when funding a new project by using the net present value to estimate ...
  17. What Lies Ahead for Apple's P/E ratio

    Recently, Apple's P/E multiple has come down to levels equal to the S&P 500. What does the future hold for the tech giant's ...
  18. What role does ratio analysis play in valuing a company?

    Learn about the role of ratio analysis in determining company value, including some of the most common ratios used by modern ...
  19. What's the difference between free cash flow to equity and accounting profits?

    Understand the difference between Free Cash Flow to Equity (FCFE) and Accounting Profit and their relevance to enterprises, ...
  20. What is the average price-to-earnings ratio in the drugs sector?

    Learn what the average price-to-earnings ratio is for companies operating in the drugs sector and why this metric is important ...
  21. What sorts of factors decrease cash flow from operating activities?

    Learn about the factors that reduce cash flow from operations. What causes net income to decline, and what other uses and ...
  22. What is the formula for calculating free cash flow?

    Read about some of the formulas for free cash flow, why investors perform cash flow analysis and what a high or rising cash ...
  23. How can an investor use the Z-Score to compare investment options?

    Learn about the Altman Z-score, how it is calculated for public and private companies and how investors can use the measure ...
  24. Does investing in small cap stocks have advantages over investing in big cap stocks?

    Learn about the advantages of investing in small-cap stocks, and find out why some investors buy shares in small-cap rather ...
  25. What sorts of factors increase cash flow from operating activities?

    Find out what factors lead to an increase in cash flows from operations. Learn about sources of cash, uses of cash and how ...
  26. How does accumulated depreciation affect net income?

    Learn why accumulated depreciation does not directly affect a company's net income; understand where a company accounts for ...
  27. What is the difference between efficiency ratios and profitability ratios?

    Learn about efficiency and profitability ratios, what these ratios measure and the main difference between efficiency and ...
  28. How does it affect a company's credit rating to buy back shares?

    Learn how buying back shares can negatively affect a company's credit rating if the company uses debt to finance a share ...
  29. Why would you look at year-over-year rather than quarterly growth?

    Find out why year-over-year growth analysis is more common than quarterly growth analysis in stock valuation and why investors ...
  30. What is the difference between paid-up capital and share capital?

    Learn to differentiate between authorized share capital and paid-up capital. See why paid-up capital can never exceed authorized ...
  31. How do I determine a particular company's market share?

    Learn what market share is, how to calculate a company's market share, and how to interpret the market share of a company ...
  32. Why does the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) care about accounting practices?

    Learn why the Internal Revenue Service cares about accounting practices, as these ensure the accurate reporting of financial ...
  33. What is the current yield curve and why is it important?

    Understand what the current yield curve represents, and learn how market analysts commonly interpret various changes in the ...
  34. What does total stockholders equity represent?

    Understand the equation for total stockholders' equity and what it represents. Learn the components of stockholders' equity ...
  35. Why is the time value of money (TVM) an important concept to investors?

    Understand why the time value of money is an important concept for investors. Learn when present value and future value calculations ...
  36. What is Gearing?

    Gearing, also called leverage, is the degree to which a company’s operations are funded by lenders versus shareholders.
  37. Why is the EBITDA margin considered to be a good indicator of a company's financial ...

    Understand why the EBITDA margin is a good indicator of a company's financial health. Learn why it also has some drawbacks ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. What is the difference between EBITDA margin and profit margin?

    Learn about the EBITDA margin and what sets it apart from GAAP-approved profit margins such as the gross margin, operating ...
  40. What's the difference between economic value added (EVA) and accounting profit?

    Learn the differences between economic value added and accounting profit. Understand the numbers used in each calculation ...
  41. What is the point of calculating economic value added (EVA)?

    Understand the reason for calculating economic value added, or EVA, as well as the performance it measures. Learn when a ...
  42. Why would I need total debt to total assets represented as a ratio, as opposed to ...

    Learn why having the relationship between a company's total debt and its total assets is more valuable when expressed as ...
  43. Is a deficit in the balance of payments a bad thing?

    Discover how it might be possible to run a balance of payments deficit, what that means in terms of international trade and ...
  44. How does a company's capitalization structure affect its profitability?

    Learn about capitalization structure and how the combination of debt and equity a company uses to fund operations can affect ...
  45. What are examples of popular companies in the banking sector?

    Learn about some of the popular companies for bank stocks in the banking industry, a prime component of the financial services ...
  46. What is accounting fraud?

    Learn what accounting fraud is, why a company commits account fraud and some types of accounting fraud that misrepresent ...
  47. How should investors interpret unlevered beta?

    Learn what unlevered beta is, how it is calculated, and how investors can interpret the unlevered betas of companies within ...
  48. What does financial accounting focus on?

    Learn the main tenets of financial accounting, the guidelines by which it is governed and how outsiders use it to gauge a ...
  49. What kinds of liabilities appear on the balance sheet?

    Learn what current and non-current liabilities are, the difference between the two, and examples of liabilities that a company ...
  50. How are semi-variable costs similar to fixed costs?

    Learn what fixed costs are, what semi-variable costs are, why semi-variable costs are similar to fixed costs, and how semi-variable ...
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