Fundamentals

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  1. The Market Value Versus Book Value

    The Market Value Versus Book Value

    Understanding the difference between book value and market value is a simple yet fundamentally critical component of any ...
  2. Evaluate Stock Price With Reverse-Engineering DCF

    Evaluate Stock Price With Reverse-Engineering DCF

    This is a more accurate method to use when trying to find a target price for a stock.
  3. Analyzing Blue-Chip Stocks

    Analyzing Blue-Chip Stocks

    To find a good value on a blue-chip stocks, look for companies with strong fundamentals, appropriate levels of debt and competitive ...
  4. The  Gross Margin

    The Gross Margin

    A business's "gross margin" is a rough gauge of how profitable its operations are. It measures how much sales revenue the ...
  5. Cash Flow Statement: Reviewing The Cash Flow From Operations

    Cash Flow Statement: Reviewing The Cash Flow From Operations

    A company's ability to consistently generate positive cash flows from its daily business operations is highly valued by investors. ...
  6. Technical Vs. Fundamental Investing - Friends Or Foes?

    Technical Vs. Fundamental Investing - Friends Or Foes?

    Making money in the stock market has been likened to gambling by some, but experienced investors who do their homework usually ...
  7. Reviewing Assets On The Balance Sheet

    Reviewing Assets On The Balance Sheet

    A firm uses its assets to generate sales and bottom-line profits for shareholders. A healthy company will continually grow ...
  8. Introduction to Stock Trader Types

    Introduction to Stock Trader Types

    Being a stock trader can be both profitable and gratifying. To maximize the financial benefits and your own enjoyment, you ...
  9. Introduction To Fundamentally Weighted Index Investing

    Introduction To Fundamentally Weighted Index Investing

    If you believe the market smiles on those who focus on value, growth or income, this vehicle may be for you.
  10. How To Analyze The Transportation Industry

    How To Analyze The Transportation Industry

    By gaining an awareness of the transportation firms and trends that affect these players, investors can gain an edge by analyzing ...
  11. Financial Analysis: Solvency Vs. Liquidity Ratios

    Financial Analysis: Solvency Vs. Liquidity Ratios

    Solvency and liquidity are equally important for a company's financial health. A number of financial ratios are used to measure ...
  12. An Introduction To Coverage Ratios

    An Introduction To Coverage Ratios

    Interest coverage ratios help determine a company's ability to pay down its debt.
  13. Investing In Healthcare Facilities

    Investing In Healthcare Facilities

    Read on to learn about how to value heathcare sector stocks.
  14. Oil And Gas Industry Primer

    Oil And Gas Industry Primer

    Before jumping into this hot sector, learn how these companies make their money.
  15. Analyzing An Acquisition Announcement

    Analyzing An Acquisition Announcement

    These deals can make or break investors' returns. Find out how to tell the difference.
  16. Yield Investing: Dividend, Earnings And FCF

    Yield Investing: Dividend, Earnings And FCF

    There are numerous ways to value investments, and many investors prefer a specific valuation method. Yield investing is one ...
  17. How To Value An Insurance Company

    How To Value An Insurance Company

    In the insurance space, accurate predictions of metrics such as ROE are important, and paying a low P/B can help put the ...
  18. Introduction To STRIPS

    Introduction To STRIPS

    STRIPS provide an alternative form of bond for fixed-income investors who need definite cash flows at specific times. Read ...
  19. Equity Valuation: The Comparables Approach

    Equity Valuation: The Comparables Approach

    The main purpose of equity valuation is to estimate a value for a firm or security. There are three primary equity valuation ...
  20. Understanding Leverage Ratios

    Understanding Leverage Ratios

    Large amounts of debt can cause businesses to become less competitive and, in some cases, lead to default. To lower their ...
  21. Understanding Profit Metrics: Gross, Operating and Net Profits

    Understanding Profit Metrics: Gross, Operating and Net Profits

    Rather than relying solely on net profit figures to evaluate a company's performance, seasoned investors will often look ...
  22. Weighted Average Cost Of Capital (WACC)

    Weighted Average Cost Of Capital (WACC)

    Weighted average cost of capital may be hard to calculate, but it's a solid way to measure investment quality
  23. Guide to Pairs Trading

    Guide to Pairs Trading

    Pairs traders wait for weakness in the correlation, and then go long on the under-performer while simultaneously going short ...
  24. What Type Of Trader Are You?

    What Type Of Trader Are You?

    There are different ways stock traders attempt to profit from market movements. Which of the strategies do you use?
  25. Interpreting A Company's IPO Prospectus Report

    Interpreting A Company's IPO Prospectus Report

    Learn to decipher the secret language of the IPO prospectus report - it can tell you a lot about a company's future.
  26. Consumer Spending As A Market Indicator

    Consumer Spending As A Market Indicator

    What people buy and where they shop can provide valuable information about the economy.
  27. Depreciation: Straight-Line Vs. Double-Declining Methods

    Depreciation: Straight-Line Vs. Double-Declining Methods

    Appreciate the different methods used to describe how book value is "used up".
  28. Invest Like Buffett: Building A Baby Berkshire

    Invest Like Buffett: Building A Baby Berkshire

    Get a piece of Warren Buffett's profit by using Form 13F to coattail his picks.
  29. Differences Between Forward P/E And Trailing P/E

    Differences Between Forward P/E And Trailing P/E

    The most common types of price to earnings ratios are forward P/E and trailing P/E. Find out how they differ and the advantages ...
  30. The Basics Of A Financial Analysis Report

    The Basics Of A Financial Analysis Report

    Running financial analysis on a company or industry is a key skill every investor must learn and understand how to undertake ...
  31. How To Use Price-To-Sales Ratios To Value Stocks

    How To Use Price-To-Sales Ratios To Value Stocks

    Take a look at how this effective ratio can be influenced by certain critical factors.
  32. Everything Investors Need To Know About Earnings

    Everything Investors Need To Know About Earnings

    We go over the concepts behind the excitement over the most important figure in the stock market.
  33. Finding Undiscovered Stocks

    Finding Undiscovered Stocks

    Wall Street tends to focus on large cap stocks, leaving other stocks under-followed and undervalued.
  34. Tips For Controlling Investment Losses

    Tips For Controlling Investment Losses

    A profit/loss plan helps investors recognize mistakes and invest logically, rather than emotionally.
  35. How To Find P/E And PEG Ratios

    How To Find P/E And PEG Ratios

    If these numbers have you in the dark, these easy calculations should help light the way.
  36. How To Make A Winning Long-Term Stock Pick

    How To Make A Winning Long-Term Stock Pick

    Discover the key elements of a good long-term investment and how to find them.
  37. Goodwill

    Goodwill

    Goodwill is more than just benevolence - it also refers to an accounting term frequently used in M&A. Learn more about ...
  38. Writing Down Goodwill

    Writing Down Goodwill

    Goodwill represents an acquisition amount over and above what the purchased firm’s net assets are deemed to be valued at ...
  39. Required Rate Of Return

    Required Rate Of Return

    Learn more about this method used in inequity valuation and corporate finance.
  40. Do Your Investments Have Short-Term Health?

    Do Your Investments Have Short-Term Health?

    If a company is strong enough to survive tough times, it is more likely to provide long-term value.
  41. Spotting Profitability With ROCE

    Spotting Profitability With ROCE

    This straightforward ratio measures whether a company is efficient, money-making or neither.
  42. Finding Solid Buy-And-Hold Stocks

    Finding Solid Buy-And-Hold Stocks

    Find out how to look at the big picture - even when the market's short-term outlook is less than rosy.
  43. Analyze Cash Flow The Easy Way

    Analyze Cash Flow The Easy Way

    Find out how to analyze the way a company spends its money to determine whether there will be any money left for investors. ...
  44. Digging Into Book Value

    Digging Into Book Value

    This calculation will serve up your portion of the shareholder pie.
  45. Analyzing Retail Stocks

    Analyzing Retail Stocks

    To analyze retail stocks, investors need to be aware of the most common metrics used. Find out what they are.
  46. Diluted EPS

    Diluted EPS

    Find out how and why this performance metric is so valuable in analyzing stock.
  47. Securitizing Your Health With ACOs

    Securitizing Your Health With ACOs

    ACOs have the components required to securitize. Can your health become an instrument that can be traded?
  48. Evaluating Retained Earnings: What Gets Kept Counts

    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.
  49. Useful Balance Sheet Metrics

    Useful Balance Sheet Metrics

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

    Understanding Pro-Forma Earnings

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