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  1. How are retained earnings related to a company's income statement?

    Understand what a company's statement of retained earnings represents and how it is related to a company's other financial ...
  2. What is the best timeframe to use when evaluating return on sales (ROS)?

    Understand the significance of the return on sales ratio, and learn how investors and analysts commonly use it in evaluating ...
  3. Is return on sales (ROS) the same as return on equity?

    Learn how to differentiate between two of the most popular ratios used in finance and accounting: return on sales and return ...
  4. How can investors in the Internet sector most directly profit from the growth of ...

    Learn about how to profit from the growth of the e-commerce sector. Examine stocks issued by leading companies with potential ...
  5. What metrics can be used to evaluate companies in the financial services sector?

    Explore some of the various equity evaluation metrics that can best be used to assess companies included in the financial ...
  6. Efficiency Ratio

    There are many types of efficiency ratios, but all measure how well a company utilizes its resources to make a profit. Business ...
  7. What is Profit?

    Profit is a general term used to denote when earnings exceed the expenses incurred to generate those earnings.
  8. Deferred Tax Liability

    Deferred tax liability is a tax that has been assessed or is due for the current period, but has not yet been paid. The deferral ...
  9. Why These Are 2015's Most-Promising Bank Stocks

    Which bank stocks should offer the best bang for your buck in 2015? Possibly these, so read on.
  10. Are small cap companies more risky investments than large cap companies?

    Learn about the risk of small cap companies compared to large cap companies. Compare the volatility of both and learn how ...
  11. Interested In Pharmaceutical Stocks? Try Novartis (ADR)

    Novartis AG, is the world's leading pharmaceutical company by sales. Here is a closer look at Novartis, and how its financials ...
  12. Is Caterpillar Here To Stay?

    Because Caterpillar is the largest construction and mining equipment manufacturer in the world, investors can count on it ...
  13. Is Apple's Stock Over Valued Or Undervalued?

    Despite several drawbacks, the CAPM gives an overview of the level of return that investors should expect for bearing only ...
  14. Is J.C. Penney Fighting An Uphill Battle?

    J.C. Penney's revenue is once again on the ascent, its free cash flow is closing in on positive territory, and its gross ...
  15. What Is The Real Picture Of Linn Energy?

    Numbers don't always tell the full story. Take, for example, the long-term chart for LINN Energy which was expected to be ...
  16. What is the formula for calculating internal rate of return (IRR) in Excel?

    Understand how to calculate the internal rate of return (IRR) using Excel and how this metric is used to determine anticipated ...
  17. Figuring Out How To Cover Your Liability Bases

    Whenever we talk about the asset-liability approach to portfolio management (ALM), the concepts of immunization and cash ...
  18. What main factors affect share prices in the metals and mining sector?

    Discover the primary factors that influence share prices of companies in the metals and mining sector and how companies can ...
  19. How do analysts and investors interpret Economic Value Added?

    Understand how economic value added (EVA) is interpreted by analysts and investors and how to calculate this important metric ...
  20. What does the efficient market hypothesis assume about fair value?

    Found out what the efficient market hypothesis says about the fair value of securities, and learn why technical and fundamental ...
  21. What role do core competencies play in a balanced scorecard?

    See how some businesses can combine the concepts of core competency and a balanced scorecard in an attempt to build sustainable ...
  22. How do I calculate free, discounted and operational cash flow in Excel?

    Take a quick look at how you can calculate a company's operating cash flow, free cash flow and discounted cash flows using ...
  23. Top 10 Fastest Growing Industries in the United States

    Six of the ten fastest growing industries are directly related to new residential construction.
  24. How To Become A Private Equity Associate

    With the right planning, second- and third-year investment banking analysts can graduate to an associate position at a private ...
  25. How Gilead Sales Have Grown Conspicuously?

    Learn how Gilead sales have climbed from $1.33 billion in 2004 to $24.89 billion as of the end of 2014.
  26. What value metrics are best for analyzing companies in the metals and mining sector?

    Learn what some of the best valuation measures are that analysts commonly use to evaluate companies in the metals and mining ...
  27. What developed countries have the greatest exposure to metals and mining?

    Learn about the three developed countries with the largest exposure to the metals and mining sector: Canada, Australia and ...
  28. Why Should Investors Be Wary Of Organovo?

    Few industries are as hit-or-miss as healthcare. Depending upon the success of a company's drug or device pipeline, your ...
  29. How To Invest Sirius XM Holdings Successfully?

    Sirius XM Holdings wasn't a very exciting stock last year. Let's go over some of the things that need to get right if it ...
  30. Are These the 10 Best Oil Stocks of 2015?

    Instead of trying to pick a bottom in oil, pick a good company. Here are 10 to consider.
  31. Stock Analysis Basics: How To Forecast Revenue and Growth

    Forecasted revenue and growth projections are important components of security analysis, leading to a stock’s future worth.
  32. Are small cap companies a safer investment than large cap companies?

    Learn about the safety of small caps compared to large caps. Find out which key measures they differ on and which to pick ...
  33. Cash Flow From Financing Activities (CFF)

    Cash flow from financing activities is typically the third and final section of the statement of cash flows. It shows changes ...
  34. Why do credit card companies calculate revenue splits in terms of basis points?

    Discover how revenue splitting works and how credit card companies are able to utilize basis points in revenue splits to ...
  35. What are the differences between Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger's business philosophies?

    Take a deeper look into the relationship between Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, the chairman and vice chairman of Berkshire ...
  36. If the intrinsic value of a stock is significantly lower than the market price, should ...

    Discover how the intrinsic value and market price of a stock are related and why a stock that appears overvalued may still ...
  37. What was the largest company Warren Buffett ever bought through Berkshire Hathaway?

    Explore Warren Buffet's rationale for the record setting Berkshire Hathaway acquisition of the Burlington Northern Santa ...
  38. What was the first stock Warren Buffett ever bought?

    Learn some the important basic principles of investing that are illustrated by Warren Buffett's first experience in the world ...
  39. How is standard deviation used to determine risk?

    Understand the basics of calculation and interpretation of standard deviation and how it is used to measure risk in the investment ...
  40. What is the average growth rate of the oil & gas drilling sector?

    Learn about the growth rate in the critically important market sector of oil and gas exploration and production, and see ...
  41. Find The Right Discount Rate Amid Post-2007 Risks

    OIS discounting has become part of standard valuation techniques, in a market in which there is more uncertainty and less ...
  42. Is liquidity calculated by flow?

    Read about the differences between economic liquidity, financial liquidity and asset liquidity and how each respective type ...
  43. What are the most common metrics for evaluating utilities?

    Read about the most common and important methods of evaluating the stocks of utility companies, and learn why regulation ...
  44. What is Warren Buffett's relation to "Supercat" insurance?

    Understand the concept of catastrophe reinsurance and learn how Berkshire Hathaway makes billions providing such insurance ...
  45. What impact does brand equity have on profit margins?

    Learn how both positive and negative brand equity affects profit margins by influencing profit per customer, sales volume ...
  46. What was the worst investment Warren Buffett made in his career?

    Discover what Warren Buffett's surprising answer is to the question of what was the single worst investment that the "oracle ...
  47. Is financial spread betting considered an investment?

    Learn about the basics of investing in spread betting and how investors protect investments from loss when using this risky ...
  48. Does Warren Buffett invest in gold? Why or why not?

    Discover what Warren Buffett's investment stance is toward gold and silver, why he likes one of them a lot and the other ...
  49. What is the use of having revolving credit if your credit score suffers for using ...

    Is revolving credit right for you? The benefits greatly outweigh the risk when used responsibly, but it also has the ability ...
  50. How do you calculate the proper weights of different costs of capital?

    Understand how to calculate the weights of the difference costs of capital and how this calculation is used to determine ...
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