Fundamentals

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  1. What is the difference between degree of operating leverage and degree of financial ...

    Learn about the degree of financial leverage and the degree of operating leverage, what they measure, and the difference ...
  2. What role do shareholders play in a capital budget?

    Learn about why shareholders play an integral role in capital budgeting and how it benefits businesses to use equity capital ...
  3. Why would you use the TTM (trailing twelve months) rather than the data from the ...

    Learn why investors use trailing 12 months rather than the numbers from the last annual report. Learn what cannot be calculated ...
  4. Why is it important for an investor to understand business accounting?

    Learn to understand why it is important for an investor to understand business accounting to perform investment and credit ...
  5. Why does the efficient market hypothesis state that technical analysis is bunk?

    Learn about why there are strong conceptual differences between the efficient market hypothesis and technical analysis about ...
  6. How do you use a financial calculator to determine present value?

    Learn how to utilize a financial calculator to calculate present value. Understand the necessary data, why it is important ...
  7. What advantages does EBTIDA-margin have over other profitability ratios?

    Understand what advantages the EBITDA margin has over other profitability ratios. Learn the difference between the two broad ...
  8. How do you analyze inventory on the balance sheet?

    Learn how to analyze inventory using financial statements and footnotes by doing ratio analysis and performing qualitative ...
  9. How does portfolio management software work?

    Discover the functions of various complexity levels of portfolio management software, and learn how traders utilize portfolio ...
  10. What does the operating cash flow ratio measure?

    Learn about the operating cash flow ratio, how the ratio is calculated and what it indicates about a company.
  11. How do you calculate the geometric mean to assess portfolio performance?

    Learn how to calculate the geometric mean. Understand when the geometric mean should be used and how it differs from the ...
  12. Why International Diversification Matters Today

    Given the breadth and diversity of the U.S. economy and market, many U.S. investors feel comfortable keeping their money ...
  13. Explaining the EBITDA Margin

    EBITDA margin can provide an investor with a cleaner view of a company's core profitability.
  14. The U.S. Economy May Be Stronger Than You Think

    While the economic performance in the U.S. broadly disappointed in the first quarter, temporary factors presented one-off ...
  15. Explaining Residual Value

    Residual value is a measurement of how much a fixed asset is worth at the end of its lease, or at the end of its useful life. ...
  16. What is the Cash Ratio?

    The cash ratio is the ratio of a company's total cash and cash equivalents to its current liabilities.
  17. What's the difference between the coverage ratio and the levered free cash flow to ...

    Learn the differences between the equity evaluation metric, the levered free cash flow to enterprise value ratio and various ...
  18. How can I use market capitalization to evaluate a stock?

    Find out how market capitalization affects valuation in fundamental analysis, which valuation ratios use market cap and how ...
  19. What are some ways a company can improve on its Return on Capital Employed (ROCE)?

    Discover how the return on capital employed ratio is used by analysts and investors to measure profitability, and how a company ...
  20. How are swap agreements financed?

    Learn how swap agreements are now cleared by swap execution facilities and require the use of collateral margin to hold, ...
  21. When can I use the Dividend Discount Method (DDM) to value a stock?

    Learn about the dividend discount model and when it can most appropriately be used to measure the value of a stock by fundamental ...
  22. What exactly does EBITDA margin tell investors about a company?

    Discover what investors can learn from the EBITDA margin. How does it compare to other profitability ratios and what are ...
  23. What metrics are commonly used to evaluate companies in the internet sector?

    Discover the best metrics to evaluate Internet companies. Internet companies are unique in that their costs are low but potential ...
  24. How does DuPont Analysis measure operating efficiency?

    Read about how the DuPont analysis model measures and studies a company's operating efficiency, and why net profit margin ...
  25. Why would you look at a company's net debt rather than its gross debt?

    Learn the difference between net debt and gross debt, how to calculate debt using a company's financial statements and why ...
  26. How is perpetuity used in the Dividend Discount Model?

    Learn about how the concept of a stock perpetuity is used in the basic dividend discount model, which is also known as the ...
  27. The Story Behind Google's Success

    An ongoing commitment to innovation and rapid iteration drives Google's ongoing success.
  28. How to Analyze Pharma Stock Fundamentals

    What you need to know about analyzing the fundamentals of pharma stocks.
  29. What are the differences between three-step and five-step DuPont Analysis?

    Learn the basic features of DuPont analysis and understand the key differences between performing the three-step or five-step ...
  30. How can you use a cash flow statement to make a budget?

    Understand how a cash flow statement can be used to create a company budget. Learn the difference between a cash budget and ...
  31. What are the risks of relying on EBITDA margin data when making an investment?

    Understand the risks of relying on EBITDA margin data when making an investment decision in a company. Learn what the EBITDA ...
  32. What is the difference between the loss ratio and combined ratio?

    Learn about the loss ratio and combined ratio, what the two ratios measure and the main difference between the loss ratio ...
  33. How does DuPont Analysis measure financial leverage?

    Learn about how DuPont analysis measures financial leverage using the equity multiplier, and see when the equity multiplier ...
  34. How does debt-to-capital change when a company issues new shares of stock?

    Learn how the debt to capital changes when a company issues new shares of stock, and understand why a company would want ...
  35. How does additional equity financing affect existing shareholders?

    Learn about how equity financing affects existing shareholders. By issuing and selling shares on the open market, equity ...
  36. What are the differences between personal and business tangible net worth?

    Understand what the term tangible net worth represents, its significance, and how the calculation of net worth differs for ...
  37. What is the equity multiplier's affect on Return on Equity (ROE)?

    Learn about how to calculate the equity multiplier in the three-step DuPont analysis method, and see what impact a higher ...
  38. How does a company decide which key performance indicators (KPIs) to use?

    Setting specific and actionable key performance indicators gives companies the ability to track the success and health of ...
  39. Why is social responsibility important in marketing?

    Drive consumers toward products and services by prioritizing social responsibility in marketing to enhance the company's ...
  40. What does a Z-Score tell a stock analyst about the health of a company?

    Learn about the Altman Z-score, what the Z-score measures and what it indicates to an analyst about the health of a company.
  41. What are the benefits for a company using equity financing vs. debt financing?

    Learn what some of the principal advantages are for a company that chooses to utilize equity financing in preference to debt ...
  42. What companies will typically exercise buybacks, and why do they do it?

    Learn about what types of businesses typically execute stock buybacks and what this maneuver can indicated about a business' ...
  43. Why should investors pay attention to a corporation's selling, general and administrative ...

    Learn about the importance of selling, general and administrative expenses. Find out why SG&A is important for fundamental ...
  44. Which is better: A high or low equity multiplier?

    Learn about the equity multiplier, how it is calculated, what it measures and why a low equity multiplier is preferred to ...
  45. How does the combined ratio measure the financial health of insurance companies?

    Learn about the combined ratio, what the combined ratio measures and how it is used to measure the financial health of insurance ...
  46. How can I tell whether a particular small cap stock has a positive investment outlook?

    Find out how investors assess small-cap stock outlook. Understand what determines future operating performance and what price ...
  47. What are the most popular forms of technical analysis?

    Technical analysis approaches the market by studying price and volume. It yields radically different insights and conjectures ...
  48. What is the difference between net income and cash flow from operating activities?

    Learn how net income differs from cash flow from operating activities and how noncash expenses and changes in working capital ...
  49. How do you craft an effective social responsibility policy?

    Craft social responsibility policies to brand the business, provide direction for the company's mission and motivate employees ...
  50. What is the average price-to-earnings ratio in the Internet sector?

    Learn what the average price-to-earnings ratio, or P/E ratio, is for companies in the Internet sector and how the sector ...
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