Fundamentals

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  1. What A Rate Hike May Mean For Stocks

    By the end of the year, investors will likely be contending with the first Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike in nearly a decade. ...
  2. How to Calculate a Coverage Ratio

    In broad terms, the higher the coverage ratio, the better the ability of the enterprise to fulfill its obligations to its ...
  3. Explaining the Cash Budget

    A cash budget is a plan for the inflows and outflows of cash for a business or an individual.
  4. Does the tradeoff model or the pecking order play a greater role in capital budgeting?

    Understand the difference between the trade-off theory and the pecking order theory, and learn what these theories tell companies ...
  5. Will These High-Flying Stocks Stay Hot in 2015?

    These 10 stocks were on fire in 2014. Will they stay hot?
  6. What is the long-term outlook of the chemicals sector?

    Examine the chemicals sector and its long-term growth prospects, focusing on demand in emerging market economies and within ...
  7. What does inventory turnover tell an investor about a company?

    Find out more about the inventory turnover ratio, what the ratio measures and what the inventory turnover ratio indicates ...
  8. What level of mergers and acquisitions is common in the chemical sector?

    Examine the current level of mergers and acquisitions among companies in the chemicals sector, a level that has surged higher ...
  9. What proportion of the chemical sector is related to life sciences?

    Examine pharmaceuticals and agricultural chemicals, important components of the chemicals sector that serve the life sciences ...
  10. Why is the TTM (trailing twelve months) important in finance?

    Learn about trailing 12 month financial data, and find out how TTM controls seasonality for equity research, financial planning ...
  11. How are C-suite officers measured on performance?

    Find out how C-suite officers are evaluated. Learn about the evaluation process, what makes traits a CEO should exhibit and ...
  12. How does economic order quantity assist a company with maximizing profits?

    Understand how economic order quantity minimizes overall inventory costs to maximize profits. Learn what specific types of ...
  13. How does a company make a spending decision using marginal analysis?

    Understand how a company uses marginal analysis in its spending decisions. Learn the benefits of marginal revenue and marginal ...
  14. How do I perform a financial analysis using Excel?

    Find out how to perform financial analysis through Microsoft Excel, which is probably the most widely used software among ...
  15. Is there an easy way to do financial forecasting in Excel?

    Find out how to use Excel to conduct financial forecasting. Learn how to build a complex financial model, and discover functions ...
  16. What are the tax benefits of establishing a sinking fund?

    Understand what a sinking fund is and what companies use it for, along with the tax and general financial benefits that a ...
  17. What can cause an asset to trade below its market value?

    Understand how market price can differ from actual fair value, and the reasons that an investment asset might trade below ...
  18. What are the pros and cons of using the fixed charge coverage ratio?

    Understand the fixed-charge coverage ratio, and learn the main advantages and disadvantages of using this particular financial ...
  19. Why should investors care about the Days Sales of Inventory (DSI)?

    Learn about days sales of inventory and what it measures; understand why an investor would want to know a company's days ...
  20. What debt/equity ratio is typical for companies in the insurance sector?

    Learn about the average debt-to-equity ratio among insurance providers. Find out about the ranges of D/E among insurers and ...
  21. What affects an asset's liquidity?

    Learn about what affects an asset's liquidity, including examples of liquid and fixed assets, and how a company's liquidity ...
  22. Apple or Google: Which is the Better Bet?

    Apple and Google have made many investors rich since the turn of the century. Which is more appealing going forward?
  23. Invest in Cancer Research with These 3 Stocks

    These cancer research stocks offer both a high ceiling and the potential to save lives.
  24. Which types of coverage ratios should I look at when deciding to invest in a company?

    Find out why coverage ratios are useful for investors to know and which three coverage ratios an investor should understand ...
  25. How should I use portfolio turnover to evaluate a mutual fund?

    Learn about the turnover rate for mutual funds, and understand the effect higher turnover may have on fund performance and ...
  26. Should Investors Get Into Oil Now?

    Oil has enjoyed a steady climb after a violent plunge. Where is it going next, and how can investors profit?
  27. Which industries tend to have the most inventory turnover?

    Understand what inventory turnover measures and why it is good to have high inventory turnover. Learn what industries tend ...
  28. Why is the automotive sector a good choice for value investing?

    Discover the reasons that make the automotive sector a good choice for value investing. The automotive sector is highly leveraged ...
  29. What are the risks of investing in a company that has a high net debt?

    Learn how indebtedness affects investment risk. Find out which other factors to considered in fundamental analysis and if ...
  30. Calculating Net Interest Margin

    Net interest margin is a metric used to measure the effectiveness of a company’s investment decisions, particularly financial ...
  31. What More Volatility Means For Momentum Stocks

    One byproduct of the recent tick higher in bond yields: a meaningful rise in volatility for both stocks and bonds.
  32. If my brother-in-law, who works at a pharmaceutical company, tells me about his research ...

    Discover what tier 1 capital measures about a bank. Tier 1 capital levels were mandated by Basel III following the financial ...
  33. What are the consequences of one party violating the terms of a letter of intent?

    Learn what the average profit margin is for a company in the chemicals sector and what to look for when interpreting high ...
  34. How legitimate are companies that advertise debt consolidation for all my credit ...

    Learn about how fundamental analysis ratios can be combined with quantitative stock screening methods and how technical indicators ...
  35. What does the book-to-bill ratio in the electronics sector refer to?

    Understand the purpose of operations management and learn specific ways that businesses use data collection and analysis ...
  36. How To Value Airline Stocks

    We explain what drives the stocks of airline companies and how best to assess their values.
  37. How many years can structural unemployment last?

    Understand the two different types of price elasticities, and learn how each one affects the stock purchasing decision of ...
  38. What are some of the well-known no-load funds?

    Find out more about the capital to risk-weighted assets ratio, what the ratio measures and the formula used to calculate ...
  39. What can cause the marginal propensity to consume to change over time?

    Learn about the dividend payout ratio and dividend yield, what the ratios measure and the difference between the dividend ...
  40. What is the difference between a spot rate and a forward rate?

    Understand the concept of intangible assets and learn how they are handled in the purchase agreement when a company is bought ...
  41. What is the risk return tradeoff for bonds?

    Find out more about the Macaulay duration and modified duration, how to calculate them and the difference between the Macaulay ...
  42. Which is more important to economists, the marginal propensity to consume or the ...

    Find out more about economic profit, the formula used for calculating economic profit and how to calculate a company's economic ...
  43. What is the risk return tradeoff for stocks?

    Learn more about the Macaulay duration, how to calculate the Macaulay duration for a bond and how the Macaulay duration is ...
  44. How do companies benefit from price discrimination?

    Learn what the average price-to-earnings ratio is for the insurance sector and why the average price-to-earnings ratio should ...
  45. What is the difference between a primary and a secondary market?

    Examine the return on assets ratio as it relates to the insurance industry, and learn what the industry average is for return ...
  46. Which companies in the chemicals sector pay the highest dividends?

    Learn what the average annual dividend yield of insurance companies is and which factors should be considered when choosing ...
  47. What are the benefits and shortfalls of the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index?

    Learn about the differences between equity and debt financing and how they impact financials. Find out how businesses determine ...
  48. What happens to the intangible assets of a company when it is bought or sold?

    Discover the best-performing stock market sectors over the past five years and learn which sectors continue to offer high ...
  49. Should I expect growth or income from buying stock in the consumer packaged goods ...

    Find out how annual returns are expressed in financial statements. How do fundamental investors measure annual returns? What ...
  50. What is the difference between Macaulay duration and modified duration?

    Find out more about the forward price to earnings ratio and how to calculate the forward price to earnings ratios of companies ...
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