Fundamentals

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  1. Where did DuPont Analysis come from?

    Learn the origins of the DuPont Analysis and how it evaluates the company's financial health by looking at more than profit ...
  2. How should I interpret a company's Cash Flow from Financing (CFF)?

    Find out how to interpret a company's cash flow from financing activities, or CFF, within the context of a larger corporate ...
  3. In what situations does it benefit a company to buy back outstanding shares?

    Learn about the reasons a company may choose to buy back its outstanding shares, such as reducing the cost of capital and ...
  4. What valuable information can a company's Additional Paid in Capital provide to potential ...

    See how potential investors can sometimes use Additional Paid in Capital to assess the level of shareholder confidence in ...
  5. What is the average price-to-book ratio for a bank?

    Learn what the average price to book (P/B) ratio is in the banking industry and how the P/B evaluation is used when analyzing ...
  6. What is the average price-to-earnings ratio in the banking sector?

    Explore the price/earnings ratio in regard to the banking industry and learn what the average P/E ratio is for most banking ...
  7. What is considered to be a healthy accounts payable turnover ratio?

    Learn the significance of the accounts payable turnover ratio and what investors and analysts commonly consider a good ratio ...
  8. What do efficiency ratios measure?

    Learn about efficiency ratios, what they measure, how to calculate commonly used efficiency ratios and how to interpret these ...
  9. Why should I look at other aspects of the company, rather than just the bottom line?

    Understand the limitations of the bottom line figure on a company's income statement and why it is insufficient for evaluating ...
  10. Which financial ratios are considered to be efficiency ratios?

    Learn about efficiency ratios, what financial ratios are considered efficiency ratios, and how to calculate three different ...
  11. What are some strategies companies commonly use to reduce their debt to capital ratio?

    Explore the different strategies that companies can employ and steps that can be taken to reduce a company's debt to capital ...
  12. What are the disadvantages of the FIFO accounting method?

    Learn how the FIFO accounting method differs from the LIFO method and the primary disadvantages for a company using the FIFO ...
  13. Does a high efficiency ratio mean that the company is profitable?

    Understand the variety of efficiency ratios and why a high efficiency ratio does not necessarily mean a company is operating ...
  14. What is the historical market risk premium?

    Learn what the historical market risk premium is and the different figures that result from an analyst's choice of calculations ...
  15. How can I calculate the hurdle rate in Excel?

    Learn how to evaluate potential investments. Common desktop software provides functions that can help make the decision with ...
  16. What is the difference between a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) and an asset ...

    Discover the relationships between asset-backed securities (ABS), collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and mortgage-backed ...
  17. Why does executive compensation facilitate when a company buys back its stock?

    Learn about how companies use stock buybacks in order to facilitate executive compensation and why the practice is very controversial.
  18. What would cause a decrease in accumulated depreciation?

    Understand what causes a decrease in a company's accumulated depreciation. Learn why a company's accumulated depreciation ...
  19. Is the bottom line the best representation of a company's financial strength?

    Learn about the important factors determining a company's financial strength. Find out what net profit can tell you about ...
  20. What ratios are most commonly used to judge working capital management?

    Learn about the various working capital ratios that investors and analysts consider when evaluating a company's financial ...
  21. How can a company with a positive bottom line be more risky than one with a negative ...

    Discover which factors contribute to risk when buying stock. Learn about the impacts of capital structure and cash flow on ...
  22. How can I use the debt-to-capital ratio to evaluate a stock?

    Understand the significance of the debt to capital ratio of financial leverage, and learn how investors and analysts make ...
  23. Does a high debt to capital ratio make a company a bad investment?

    Understand the debt to capital ratio and why a high debt to capital ratio doesn't necessarily mean that a stock is a bad ...
  24. What is the difference between operating leverage and financial leverage?

    Discover the two equity valuation metrics, operating leverage and financial leverage, how they are similar and what differentiates ...
  25. What risks does an entrepreneur face?

    Find out if you have what it takes to overcome the challenges and risks associated with starting a business and becoming ...
  26. Who sets the global standard to stop money laundering and how is it implemented?

    Find out how the Financial Action Task Force and International Monetary Fund are working to resolve the problems of money ...
  27. Unlocking The P/E Ratio For Apple

    We show you how to compute and analyze the P/E ratio for Apple.
  28. Analyzing Google's Balance Sheet

    We take a look at Google's balance sheet to learn about the health of the company and how well it is run.
  29. What can shareholders vote on?

    Understand the usual voting rights of common stock shareholders, along with the importance of shareholders exercising their ...
  30. How does JIT (just in time) production affect ROI (return on investment)?

    Learn about the "just in time" production strategy and how this on-demand system affects return on investment by reducing ...
  31. How do you use internal rate of return to calculate a capital budget?

    Learn about how the internal rate of return is used in the creation of a capital budget along with net present value and ...
  32. How should I analyze a company's financial statements?

    Discover how investors and analysts use a company’s financial statements to evaluate a company's financial health and investment ...
  33. Are These 2015's 10 Best Telecom Stocks?

    Telecom stocks offer generous dividend yields, but it's imperative to make sure those dividends are likely to stay in place. ...
  34. What are the best ways for a company to improve its net margin?

    Learn about what businesses can do to increase their net margin, including ways to increase sales revenue and decrease operational ...
  35. What are the main benefits of a JIT (just in time) production strategy?

    Learn about the just in time (JIT) business strategy and how using an on-demand production process can increase a company's ...
  36. What is the difference between drawdown and disbursement?

    Learn about some of the many definitions for financial drawdowns and disbursements, which represent transfers of funds between ...
  37. What You Need To Know About Google's P/E Ratio

    We show you how to calculate the price to earnings ratio, a key valuation metric, for Google.
  38. Is Now A Good Time To Invest in Tesla?

    Tesla offers prospects for rewards, but risks are many. Risks include strong competition, rewards include market potential ...
  39. What does operating profit margin tell a business owner?

    Learn about the operating profit margin, how it is calculated and what it says to both business owners and investors about ...
  40. What does the Efficient Market Hypothesis have to say about fundamental analysis?

    Find out what the efficient markets hypothesis has to say about fundamental analysis and how recent finance research has ...
  41. Investing in REITs: What You Need to Know

    Thinking of investing in REITs? Here's what you need to know first.
  42. How is the Altman Z-Score used in fundamental analysis?

    Learn about the Altman Z-score, how it is calculated and how to interpret the Altman Z-score to assess the viability of a ...
  43. What does it mean when a company has a high capital adequacy ratio?

    Learn about the capital adequacy ratio, what the ratio measures, how it is calculated and what it means when a bank has a ...
  44. What is the difference between the capital adequacy ratio vs. the solvency ratio?

    Understand the different applications for using the capital adequacy ratio and the solvency ratio, which are both equity ...
  45. What are the differences between solvency ratios and liquidity ratios?

    Learn about liquidity ratios and solvency ratios, some examples of these ratios and the main difference between them.
  46. How can a company increase its return on total assets?

    Learn about return on total assets (ROTA) and how a business can increase its ratio by increasing revenue, decreasing expenses ...
  47. How do you use discounted cash flow to calculate a capital budget?

    Learn how discounted cash flows are used in creating capital budgets as a part of the net present value and internal rate ...
  48. What is the indirect method of calculating cash flow from operating activities?

    Understand why the indirect method is used to calculate a company's cash flow from operating activities, and learn what adjustments ...
  49. What are some examples of efficiency ratios used in measuring businesses?

    Learn about some of the most common efficiency ratios that market analysts and investors use in the process of evaluating ...
  50. What is the difference between EBIT and cash flow from operating activities?

    Learn about the difference between earnings before interest and taxes and cash flow from operating activities in financial ...
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