Fundamentals

  1. Warren Buffett and Berkshire's Productive Assets

    Here are some methods to measure whether an investment will be "productive."
  2. A Closer Look at Starbucks

    Starbucks has had an outstanding run in recent years. But have its shares become too expensive for new shareholders?
  3. Are personal loans considered income?

    Learn the various conditions that determine whether or not a personal loan counts as income for the borrower and if it can ...
  4. Amazon's 3 Key Financial Ratios (AMZN)

    Get insights into the important financial ratios behind the Amazon growth story, and understand the implications as the ratios ...
  5. 8 Blue Chip Stocks with Low P/E Ratios

    Discover why the price/earnings (P/E) ratio is important in determining the relative value of a stock and find out which ...
  6. Analyzing Home Depot's Return on Equity (ROE) (HD)

    Discover what Home Depot's return on equity (ROE) ratio says about the performance of the company and how it relates to historical ...
  7. FYI On ROI: A Guide To Calculating Return On Investment

    Return on investment is a simple equation that can give you an edge when fine-tuning your portfolio - here's how to use it. ...
  8. Asset Manager Ethics: Acting With Competence and Diligence

    Managers must make investment decisions based on their personal investment process, which in turn should be based on solid ...
  9. Understanding the Income Statement

    The best way to analyze a company—and figure out if it's worth investing in—is to know how to dissect its income statement. ...
  10. Common Interview Questions for Fixed Income Traders

    Discover a list of potential questions and answers commonly asked in job interviews for a candidate applying for a position ...
  11. Time to Bring Active Back into a Portfolio?

    While stocks have rallied since the economic recovery in 2009, many active portfolio managers have struggled to deliver investor ...
  12. Are secured personal loans better than unsecured loans?

    Read about the differences between secured loans and unsecured loans and how they are used. Learn about forms of collateral ...
  13. Can personal loans be included in bankruptcy?

    Read about debts that are dischargeable when filing for bankruptcy. Learn about how personal loans are treated when filing ...
  14. Investing Opportunities as Central Banks Diverge

    After the Paris attacks investors are focusing on central bank policy and its potential for divergence: tightened by the ...
  15. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Pfizer Stock (PFE)

    Learn the biggest potential risks that may affect the price of Pfizer's stock, complete with a fundamental analysis and review ...
  16. PEG Ratio Nails Down Value Stocks

    Learn how this simple calculation can help you determine a stock's earnings potential.
  17. How Gross Margin Can Make or Break Your Startup

    Find out how your startup's gross margin can impact your business, including why a mediocre margin may spell disaster for ...
  18. What’s the Difference Between Duration & Maturity?

    We look at the meaning of two terms that often get confused, duration and maturity, to set the record straight.
  19. Buy Penny Stocks Using the Wisdom of Peter Lynch

    Are penny stocks any better than playing penny slots in Vegas? What if you used the fundamental analysis principles of Peter ...
  20. Are Amazon Profits Here to Stay? (AMZN)

    Amazon is starting to look like a steadily profitable company. Is this really the case? Should investors even be hoping for ...
  21. What to Do When You Can't Repay Your Student Loans

    Student loans should be kept in good standing no matter what. Here are some tips on managing your loans.
  22. Wal-Mart vs. Target: Which One Is A Bigger Threat To Amazon? (AMZN, WMT)

    Walmart and Target both revealed multi-year plans to grow their businesses. Which of these two retailers is the biggest threat ...
  23. Does Costco Have Room to Grow Its Margins?

    Costco has historically capped their margins well below industry standard. Might now be the time for them to raise them and ...
  24. Operating Cash Flow: Better Than Net Income?

    Differences between accrual accounting and cash flows show why net income is easier to manipulate.
  25. Investment Banks: Not a Good Bet Right Now? (GS)

    Investment banks might appear safe to investors at the moment, but they're probably more dangerous than advertised.
  26. How to Raise Your Credit Score Quickly

    Here are the best tips for raising your credit score quickly.
  27. Analyzing Porter's 5 Forces on Facebook (FB)

    Read about how you can use Porter's five forces to analyze Facebook's competition. This simple methodology looks at several ...
  28. The Best Litmus Test Of A Company's Risk? The Acid Test

    The acid test measures a company’s short-term liquidity.
  29. The Three Things Most Good Stocks Have In Common

    Uncover the three things most good stocks have in common: performance, profitability and value.
  30. Understanding Liquidity Risk

    Learn about the two types of liquidity risk: funding liquidity risk and market liquidity risk.
  31. Explaining the Liquidity Preference Theory

    According to the liquidity preference theory, investors demand interest in return for sacrificing their liquidity.
  32. Valuation Of A Preferred Stock

    To find the value of the preferred stock, each future dividend payment needs to be discounted back to the present, and then ...
  33. 3 Steps for Retirement Saving and Investing Habits

    We take a look at the choices we make today that our future selves would prefer not to be making, often faced by investors ...
  34. What Markets Poised to Benefit if the Fed Waits?

    Late last month, the Fed reminded that a 2015 rate hike is still a possibility; there are certain segments of the market ...
  35. Is Qualcomm Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (QCOM)

    Find out if Qualcomm stock is an appropriate retirement investment based on stability and valuation. Is QCOM more suitable ...
  36. Analyzing Porter's Five Forces on Apple (AAPL)

    Evaluate Apple's position in the marketplace by looking at it through the perspective of the Porter Five Forces Model for ...
  37. EMC's 2 Key Financial Ratios

    Read about some key financial ratios for EMC, including revenues and trading ratios. Learn about how EMC has a major ownership ...
  38. The Future of the Marijuana Industry in America

    Polls show that most Americans favor legalization, and studies on the use of medical marijuana have been promising. Should ...
  39. Starbucks' 6 Key Financial Ratios (SBUX)

    Discover the key financial ratios that are important when analyzing the financial health, profitability and efficiency of ...
  40. Should You Buy Apple Stock Right Now? Here's How to Decide (AAPL)

    Find out how to analyze Apple stock. What factors should investors consider? Learn how to determine how much Apple shares ...
  41. How to Calculate Required Rate of Return

    Investors use the required rate of return to decide where to put their money, and corporations use it to decide if they should ...
  42. Oracle's 4 Key Financial Ratios (ORCL)

    Learn about Oracle's sales growth rate, debt/equity ratio, return on equity and operating margin, and find out how they affect ...
  43. Berkshire Hathaway's 4 Key Financial Ratios (BRK.B, BRK.A)

    Read about the key financial ratios to analyze Berkshire Hathaway. Understand why Buffett likes companies with low debt/equity ...
  44. Do you discount working capital in net present value (NPV)?

    Learn why changes in net working capital (NPV) should be included in net present value calculations for analyzing a project's ...
  45. 10 Tips For Running a Successful Airbnb Property

    How to run a successful Airbnb property with these 10 tips.
  46. What Happens To Your Student Debt If You Die?

    What happens to student debt when you die? It all depends on the lending agency.
  47. Advantages of Maintaining Low Working Capital

    Understand the benefits and advantages of maintaining low working capital as related to liquidity needs, capital allocation ...
  48. How is working capital different from fixed capital?

    Understand the differences between working capital and fixed capital, including definitions and examples of how businesses ...
  49. Schlumberger Stock: A Dividend Analysis (SLB)

    Examine the strength and potential of major oil service company Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB), considered to a solid dividend ...
  50. How To Choose The Best Stock Valuation Method

    There is no single valuation tactic that works in every situation. But a company’s characteristics provide clues to investors ...
Hot Definitions
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    Weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is a calculation of a firm's cost of capital in which each category of capital is ...
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    A unit that is equal to 1/100th of 1%, and is used to denote the change in a financial instrument. The basis point is commonly ...
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