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  1. What are some examples of return on investment capital?

    Read about some basic examples of return on investment capital for publicly traded companies and companies that have a handful ...
  2. What is the difference between the yield of stock and the yield of a bond?

    Explore and understand the various meanings of the investment term "yield" as it is applied to equity investments and bond ...
  3. What is the difference between cash flow and EBIDTA?

    Understand the difference between cash flow and EBITDA, and find out why cash flow is a more comprehensive metric for evaluating ...
  4. How do you use Microsoft Excel to calculate liquidity ratios?

    Learn how to calculate the most common liquidity ratios in Microsoft Excel by inputting financial figures from a company's ...
  5. What is the difference between an IPO and a seasoned issue?

    Learn how companies issue IPO securities when they first go public and seasoned issue shares if they sell more shares in ...
  6. What is the difference between cash flow and fund flow?

    See how cash flow and fund flow differ from each other, and why fund flow can be used very differently by accountants and ...
  7. For which types of investments is the debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) the most ...

    Understand what the debt service coverage ratio is used for and what types of companies it can best be applied to for equity ...
  8. What is the difference between EBIT and operating income?

    Read about some of the subtle differences identified by the SEC between earnings before interest and taxes, or EBIT, and ...
  9. How do you use Excel to calculate a debt service coverage ratio (DSCR)?

    Find out how to calculate a company's debt service coverage ratio, or DSCR, in Microsoft Excel, and learn where to locate ...
  10. How accurate or important is the debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) in evaluating ...

    See how investors can use the debt service coverage ratio to evaluate the solvency of a company before making an investment ...
  11. How do I calculate the dividend payout ratio from an income statement?

    Understand the dividend payout ratio, how it differs from the dividend yield and how it can be calculated from a company's ...
  12. Over what duration should I be examining a given stock's PEG (price to earnings growth) ...

    Learn how the PEG ratio provides an assessment of a stock's current price based on its trailing or projected earnings growth ...
  13. What is the average return on equity for a company in the oil & gas drilling sector?

    Investing in the oil and gas drilling sector can be a profitable endeavor for some investors, but it is first necessary to ...
  14. What is the average price-to-earnings ratio in the oil & gas drilling sector?

    Investing in the energy sector provides an opportunity for value investors, but it is necessary to understand metrics such ...
  15. What is the average debt/equity ratio of companies in the forest products sector?

    Calculating a company's debt to equity ratio is beneficial to investors when analyzing a company's liquidity and overall ...
  16. Should I care about the book value per common share when dealing with a blue chip ...

    See why shareholders of any listed company, even owners of blue chip stock, should care about what the book value per common ...
  17. What is the average profit margin for a company in the forest products sector?

    Profit margin is a measurement of profitability that investors can use to determine the suitability of an investment in the ...
  18. What is the average profit margin for a company in the oil & gas drilling sector?

    Understanding the profit margin is an integral aspect of analyzing whether an oil & gas drilling company is a worthwhile ...
  19. What is the average return on equity for a company in the forest products sector?

    Investing in the forestry sector can provide a hedge against other asset classes, but investors should be aware of the sector's ...
  20. What kind of financial reporting requirements does GAAP set out?

    Look at some of the major financial reporting requirements set forth by the generally accepted accounting principles and ...
  21. Why would you take DCF into account rather than simply projecting future revenues?

    Learn what discounted cash flow analysis is and why it is considered a better equity valuation tool than simply projecting ...
  22. What is the formula for calculating gross profit margin in Excel?

    Understand the basics of the gross profit margin including its interpretation as a measure of profitability and its calculation ...
  23. What is face value and how is it determined?

    Face value is determined arbitrarily by issuers and designed to give a reasonable expectation of value to the stock, bond ...
  24. What is the average profit margin for a utility company?

    Learn the average profit margin in the utilities sector and why standard supply and demand forces are limited among energy ...
  25. What is the best cash flow management tool?

    Understand the basics of cash flow management and which tools are most useful, both those included in financial software ...
  26. What is the difference between capital investment decision and current asset decision?

    Learn how capital investment decisions are long-term funding decisions, while current asset decisions are short-term funding ...
  27. What is the difference between the debt ratio of a company and the debt ratio of ...

    Discover the different financial evaluation measures that are most commonly applied to individuals and corporations, respectively.
  28. The Future of Qualcomm's Stock

    Qualcomm is a leader in a competitive market, but there are still significant risks to investing in its stock.
  29. What is the difference between authorized shares and outstanding shares?

    Calculating financial ratios can help investors understand a company's financial position, but only when a knowledge of various ...
  30. What is the difference between debt to income and debt to assets?

    Understand the differences between the debt-to-income ratio and the debt to assets ratio as they apply to personal and corporate ...
  31. How do I calculate the acid test ratio on a balance sheet?

    Learn how to quickly calculate a company's acid-test ratio based on the figures listed on its balance sheet. See how companies ...
  32. What is the difference between cash flow and revenue?

    Understand the difference between cash flow and revenue as they relate to corporate accounting and the financial evaluation ...
  33. How useful is ROCE as an indicator of a company's performance?

    Understand the meaning, significance and usefulness of return on capital employed as a measure of a company's financial performance
  34. If a company has a low price to book ratio, does this mean its stock is undervalued?

    Learn the usefulness of the price-to-book ratio, a primary equity valuation measure, and determine how it can best be used ...
  35. What is the difference between yield and rate of return?

    Read about the differences between yield and rate of return. See why many novice investors often struggle more with the concept ...
  36. What are some high profile cases of companies who failed to be socially responsible?

    Learn about corporate social responsibility. Explore how Enron's lack of corporate responsibility ultimately destroyed the ...
  37. What is revenue cycle management?

    Learn more about revenue cycle management and why the healthcare industry in particular has adopted this payment process ...
  38. What is the difference between intrinsic value and current market value?

    Discover the differences between intrinsic and market values, what makes the former difficult to determine and how investor ...
  39. What industries tend to use discounted cash flow (DCF), and why?

    Understand the valuation method of discounted cash flow analysis and why it is more suitable for evaluating certain industries ...
  40. Is it important for a company always to have a high liquidity ratio?

    Understand the significance of the liquidity ratio and how it is used in conjunction with other measures to arrive at an ...
  41. What is the difference between ROCE and ROI?

    Understand the difference between return on capital employed and return on investment and how analysts use these performance ...
  42. What is the difference between ROCE and ROOC?

    Find out about the differences between return on capital employed and return on operating capital, two accounting ratios ...
  43. To what extent should you take a company's liquidity ratio into account before investing ...

    Find out how important it is for an investor to know a company's liquidity ratio before deciding to invest, and why relying ...
  44. How can a company quickly increase its liquidity ratio?

    Discover what high and low values in the liquidity ratio mean and what steps companies can take to improve liquidity ratios ...
  45. What is the difference between ROCE and ROA?

    Understand the difference between the profitability ratios of return on capital employed and return on assets, and learn ...
  46. What is the difference between ROCE and ROE?

    Discover how investors and analysts utilize the return on equity and return on capital employed ratios to gauge financial ...
  47. Use the Book-to-Market Ratio

    The book-to-market ratio compares the book value of a company to the market value of that same company.
  48. Does a high price to book ratio correspond to a high ROE?

    Learn the correlation between the two equity valuations, price to book ratio and return on equity, and why it can be advantageous ...
  49. What are the different ways a CEO could influence stock prices?

    A CEO's influence on a stock price reflects the company's growth strategy and outlook, its financing needs and decisions ...
  50. What is considered a good price to book ratio?

    Discover what is considered to be a good price-to-book ratio value, and learn the factors to consider when interpreting this ...
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