Fundamentals

  1. Evaluating Retained Earnings: What Gets Kept Counts

    A company's retained earnings matter. Be investment-savvy and learn how to analyze this often overlooked information.
  2. Useful Balance Sheet Metrics

    These metrics can help you better understand the information found on balance sheets.
  3. Understanding Pro-Forma Earnings

    These figures can either shed light on a company's performance or skew it. Find out why.
  4. Analyzing Operating Margins

    Find out how to put this important component of equity analysis to work for you.
  5. Evaluating A Statement Of Cash Flows

    The metrics for the Statement of Cash Flows is best viewed over time.
  6. Capital Asset Pricing Model - CAPM

    CAPM is a model that describes the relationship between risk and expected return.
  7. 3 Industry-Impacting Innovations On The Horizon

    Here are some industry-impacting innovations that could potentially belong in the famed Carousel of Progress.
  8. The Importance Of Other Comprehensive Income

    Understanding and analyzing OCI greatly improves financial analysis, especially for financial companies.
  9. How To Evaluate A Micro-Cap Company

    Learn how to think big by investing in smaller stocks.
  10. The Advantages Of Investing In Aggressive Companies

    Often the most attractive companies are also a little fierce - learn how to spot healthy corporate aggression.
  11. 3 Great Business Battles

    Here are some U.S. companies that have historically competed with one another for market supremacy.
  12. Intrinsic Value

    Learn more about this way of valuing a company or an asset based on an underlying perception of its true value.
  13. Guide To Excel For Finance

    Formulas, functions and features you need to know when using Excel for financial analysis.
  14. What Are A Stock's "Fundamentals"?

    The investing world loves to talk about fundamentals, but do you know what it means?
  15. What is the difference between weighted average shares outstanding and basic weighted ...

    Outstanding shares refers to stock that is currently held by investors, including shares held by the public, and restricted ...
  16. Helium: An Uplifting Commodity

    Helium is a non-renewable resource in an industry dominated by an unusual infrastructure.
  17. What Is The Intrinsic Value Of A Stock?

    Intrinsic value reduces the subjective perception of a stock's value by analyzing its fundamentals.
  18. Financial Models You Can Create With Excel

    The relatively modest amount of time it takes to build these models can pay for itself by leading you to better investment ...
  19. What Dividends Say About Stock Health

    Dividend payments may reveal information about the future prospects of a company.
  20. Institutional Investors And Fundamentals: What's The Link?

    Big-money sponsorship might make a company look good, but it's not always a reliable gauge of stock quality.
  21. Impairment Charges: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    Impairment charge is a term for writing off worthless goodwill, but you need to know what its potential impact is on EPS. ...
  22. Why There Are Few Sell Ratings On Wall Street

    We outline reasons that may show why enforcing more sell ratings isn't guaranteed to increase Wall Street's objectivity. ...
  23. Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)

    Discover how investors can use this valuation method to determine the intrinsic value of a stock.
  24. Guide To Measuring Oil And Gas Companies

    Here are some important stats to look for when measuring oil and gas companies.
  25. Using DCF In Biotech Valuation

    Valuing firms in this sector can seem like a black art, but there is a systematic way to pin a price on potential.
  26. The One-Time Expense Warning

    These income statement red flags may not spell a company's downfall. Learn why here.
  27. Looking Deeper Into Capital Allocation

    Discover how companies decide how to spend their cash in a variety of market conditions.
  28. Using Liquidity Ratios

    Learn more about these quick and intuitive ratios you can use to analyze a stock's liquidity.
  29. 6 Unlikely Rivals That Should Merge

    If these companies are looking for growth and cost-cutting, the best bet might be to look to their main competitors.
  30. The Evolution Of Video Rental Stocks

    Video rental customers have gone from using video stores to streaming selections available at home. Here's how it happened.
  31. Passing The Baton At Berkshire

    There are two possible candidates to be the next Warren Buffett. Find out who it could be.
  32. Can Samsung Compete With Apple's Retail Stores?

    This strategic move may just shoot Samsung to an uncatchable spot in the consumer technology sector.
  33. The Appeal Of Company Spinoffs

    Companies are increasingly turning to spinoffs for a variety of reasons, including improving performance.
  34. Understanding Analyst Ratings

    Discover whether analyst recommendations are really worth listening to.
  35. "Healthifying" The Fast Food Market

    With the fast food market feeling the pressure to offer healthier choices, the industry is being revolutionized.
  36. Make Money Trading Earnings Announcements

    Here are two opinions to help you decide if trading earnings announcements will work for you.
  37. A Silver Primer

    Find out what affects the price of silver, the types of investments that can be made and the methods in which it is traded. ...
  38. Operating Cash Flow

    Find out how OCF can be used to value a company based on their ability to generate cash from operation.
  39. Is Your Investment Manager Skilled Or Lucky?

    Being familiar with composite presentations will help you better assess the quality of an investment manager's performance. ...
  40. Why Facebook Needs More Cash

    Facebook intends to grow to a staff of 9,600 over the next few years, which will require a lot of capital.
  41. An Introduction To The Income Statement

    The income statement is a measurement of a company's financial performance over a specific period of time. Discover its main ...
  42. Calculating Operating Margin

    Learn more about the measurement used to calculate what proportion of a company's revenue is left over after production costs. ...
  43. Retained Earnings

    Learn more about this calculation and why companies include it on the balance sheet.
  44. Interest Coverage Ratio

    Debt in an important factor to remember when analyzing a company's financial health. The interest coverage ratio serves to ...
  45. 7 Reasons Wendy's Surpassed Burger King

    The battle of the burger giants has recently taken a turn after nearly 40 years. Find out why.
  46. 5 Biggest Risks Faced By Oil And Gas Companies

    Before investing in gas and oil stocks, consider such factors as political and geological risks.
  47. International Financial Reporting Standards

    Learn about the purpose of the IFRS, as well as its benefits, goals and fundamental difference from the U.S. GAAP.
  48. Day Sales Outstanding

    Learn more about how day sales outstanding, or DSO, is calculated and used to measure the average number of days a company ...
  49. Understanding The Leverage Ratio

    Learn more on how the leverage ratio is used to calculate a company's ability to meet financial obligations and how changes ...
  50. Investing In The Biotech Sector

    The biotech sector is more than just medical research. Read this before you invest.
Hot Definitions
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  6. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles - GAAP

    The common set of accounting principles, standards and procedures that companies use to compile their financial statements. ...
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