Fundamentals

  1. Understanding Book Value

    Book value is a component in many ratios that investors use to evaluate stocks. Find out how it is calculated and what it ...
  2. Cash: Can A Company Have Too Much?

    Cash is something companies love to have. But if they are not using it there could be problems.
  3. A Primer On Offshore Drilling

    Learn the important ratios and terms that you'll need to know to get involved in this trading sector.
  4. Use ROA To Gauge A Company's Profits

    Do you rely too heavily on ROE? Consider using return on assets for a more complete picture.
  5. Portfolio Basics For The Beginner Investor

    By following some broad allocation guidelines, new investors can build the portfolio they want.
  6. 5 Tips For Reading A Balance Sheet

    The balance sheet, along with the income and cash flow statements, is an important tool for investors to gain insight into ...
  7. What Is Fundamental Analysis?

    Fundamental analysis is one of the basic ways to evaluate stocks. Find out what it is and how it can work for you.
  8. Return On Equity (ROE)

    Return on equity is one of the basic metrics used to evaluate a company's stock. Find out what it can tell you about a stock ...
  9. Earnings Per Share Explained

    Earnings per share is one of the most carefully followed metrics in investing. We show you why this ratio matters and how ...
  10. Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)

    The compound annual growth rate is an important tool for measuring investment performance and comparing it across asset classes. ...
  11. Intangible Assets Provide Real Value To Stocks

    Intangible assets don't appear on balance sheets, but they're crucial to judging a company's value.
  12. Interpreting A Strategy Performance Report

    These key performance metrics will help you decide if your trading strategy is a winner.
  13. Find Hidden Stock Gems That Analysts Ignore

    Just because it doesn't get a lot of coverage, doesn't mean a company isn't a great find.
  14. Top Summer Stocks To Get Into Now

    Summer leisure activities may see a surge in revenue. Let the sun shine on your portfolio.
  15. What Is A Cash Flow Statement?

    Learn how the CFS relates to the balance sheet and income statement as a part of a company's financial reports.
  16. Digging Deeper: The Mutual Fund Prospectus

    The legal jargon of this document can be daunting. Find out how to get to the important stuff.
  17. When To Sell Stocks

    Buying at the right price determines profit, but selling at the right price locks it in.
  18. Operational Risk: A Must-Know For Investors

    This type of risk is often overlooked, but it can mean the downfall of a company - and its investors.
  19. How To Assess A Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)

    Find out why funds from operations is a superior measure of REIT performance.
  20. How Corporate Events Affect Stock- And Bondholders

    Investors tend to buy either stocks or bonds, but rarely choose between the two. Find out when you'll benefit from one over ...
  21. When Your Business Needs Money: Angel Investors

    If you have a promising business that needs a boost, you may be able to put your faith in these wealthy investors.
  22. Is The Stock Market Overvalued?

    Stocks are soaring despite high unemployment, foreclosures and relatively low consumer spending. Can it last?
  23. Investing In Fads

    From high-flying to fading fast, fads can mean big money for nimble investors.
  24. Investors Need A Good WACC

    Weighted average cost of capital may be hard to calculate, but it's a solid way to measure investment quality.
  25. How's Your Mutual Fund Really Doing?

    Determine how fund managers are doing by sizing them up against their peers.
  26. Look At Me! I Beat The S&P!

    How investment advisors use the wrong benchmarks to make poor performance look good.
  27. Spotting Creative Accounting On The Balance Sheet

    Companies have ways of manipulating their balance sheets that investors should be aware of.
  28. Evaluating Executive Compensation

    Find out how to determine whether a CEO is being overpaid.
  29. Beer Mergers: Are The Micro Brewers Doomed?

    What does the consolidation in the beer industry mean for investors and, more importantly, beer drinkers?
  30. Company Clone Cost Reveals True Value

    Find out how calculating a reproduction cost for a company can beat out the dividend discount model.
  31. Airline Stocks Look Set To Soar

    This maligned sector is in better shape than most investors believe.
  32. Can Global Investors Profit From GDP Watching?

    GDP growth is not necessarily a solid indicator of stock market returns in emerging markets. Find out what to watch instead. ...
  33. Why Dividends Matter

    Seven words that are music to investors' ears? "The dividend check is in the mail."
  34. Creative Accounting: When It's Too Good To Be True

    Accounting practices have matured, but there are still plenty of ways that companies can disguise their financial results. ...
  35. Analyzing Show Biz Stocks

    The glitz and glam of Hollywood could help put some more glitz in your pocket.
  36. 5 Tricks Companies Use During Earnings Season

    Don't be fooled: Companies use all kinds of tactics to make bad earnings look good. Find out how to see through them.
  37. Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Companies balance the interests of owners, customers and employees. Find out who comes out on top.
  38. Earnings Power Drives Stocks

    Internal return on investment helps determine a stock's ability to propel shareholder returns.
  39. Surprising Earnings Results

    Consensus estimates can send stocks spiraling - but are they representing reality?
  40. Forces That Move Stock Prices

    You can't predict exactly how stocks will behave, but knowing what affects prices will put you ahead of the pack.
  41. Your Dividend Payout: Can You Count On It?

    We go over several telling factors that can help you answer this question and avoid losses.
  42. All About EVA

    Looking for a formula to determine whether a company is creating wealth? Time to learn all about economic value added.
  43. Financial Institutions: Stretched Too Thin?

    Find out how to evaluate a firm's loan portfolio to determine its financial health.
  44. Get Tough On Management Puff

    Company managers are often skilled at fooling investors. Be critical and don't believe the hype.
  45. Earnings Sustainability: The Key To Your Investing Future

    Learn how to analyze earnings sustainability - an important part of making sound investments.
  46. Accounting For Differences In Oil And Gas Accounting

    How a company accounts for its expenses affects how its net income and cash flow numbers are reported.
  47. EBITDA: Challenging The Calculation

    This measure has a bad rap, but it's still a valuable tool when used appropriately.
  48. 6 Common Misconceptions About Dividends

    You've almost certainly heard these commonly held beliefs about dividends. Find out why they're wrong.
  49. Let Your Intuition Guide Your Investments

    Don't ignore that gut feeling - it might just be leading you in the right direction.
  50. Buying Into Corporate Research & Development (R&D)

    Investors take note: companies that cut research and development are in danger of saving today but losing big tomorrow.
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