Fundamentals

  1. Baby Buffett Portfolio: His 6 Best Long-Term Picks

    Find out which stocks one of the world's best investor is putting his faith in.
  2. Find Turning Points With Single-Day Patterns

    On their own, single-day patterns can be unreliable, but that doesn't mean they can't be used effectively.
  3. A Baby Buffett Portfolio: His 6 Best Long-Term Picks

    We look at six stocks Warren Buffett stands behind, why he likes them and why they may be a good fit for your portfolio too.
  4. Free Cash Flow Yield: The Best Fundamental Indicator

    Cash in the bank is what every company strives to achieve. Find out how to determine how much a company is generating and ...
  5. Improving Your Investing Outlook

    Looking to the past to predict the future is not always effective - for a balanced outlook on investing, all viewpoints must ...
  6. Conference Calls: Press 1 For Investment Insight

    These calls can be an investor's most direct line to information about a company's operations.
  7. Fundamentals And Technicals: Together At Last

    It's a big mistake for a fundamental investor to ignore technical analysis. Find out how to become chart smart.
  8. Speed Read SEC Filings For Hot Stock Picks

    SEC forms can be a real headache. Find out how to make your research more efficient - and more effective.
  9. Economic Moats: A Successful Company's Best Defense

    Find out why some companies thrive while others flounder.
  10. Company Survival: Cash Conversion Cycle Is Key

    Find out how to use this figure to analyze a firm's financial condition.
  11. How do I value the shares that I own in a private company?

    Share ownership in a private company is usually quite difficult to value due to the absence of a public market for the shares. ...
  12. Fund Transactional Activity

    Portfolio turnover is one of the simplest measures of mutual fund quality quality. Find out how to measure it.
  13. Taking Stock Of Discounted Cash Flow

    Learn how and why investors are using cash flow-based analysis to make judgments about company performance.
  14. 5 Secular Trends Investors Must Know

    Investors can count on secular trends to be just as important today as in the future. Check out some industries for the long-term.
  15. Cash Flow On Steroids: Why Companies Cheat

    Pressure to be the best can sometimes push corporations to cheat. Learn how they do it and how to spot it.
  16. Recession 2009: By The Numbers

    During a recession there are a lot of numbers thrown around. Find out what those economic statistics really mean.
  17. Understanding The Mutual Fund Style Box

    Evaluate your investments with this simple tool.
  18. The ABCs Of Mutual Fund Classes

    Do you understand how the various types of shares differ? We give you the pros and cons of each.
  19. Litigation: Are Your Investments At Risk?

    Don't let company lawsuits hit you unprepared. Learn how to uncover how they might affect you.
  20. Common Clues Of Financial Statement Manipulation

    Search for the "bloody" fingerprints in accounting crimes.
  21. Banking Stress Tests: Would Yours Pass?

    In weaker economic times, banks may be tested by the government to see how safe they are.
  22. Intermarket Analysis: Pinpointing Reversals And Confirming Trends

    Learn how to confirm your analysis based on intermarket trends by watching global markets and particular stocks to pinpoint ...
  23. Does the balance sheet always balance?

    Yes, a balance sheet should always balance. The name "balance sheet" is based on the fact that assets will equal liabilities ...
  24. Financial Physics: "Natural" Market Laws

    Physics uses math to define the laws of the universe; here, we look at what laws explain the financial universe.
  25. The Best CEOs Listen To The Street

    Studies show that transparency and listening to the market are a winning combination for CEOs and the companies they run. ...
  26. Pharma Patent Trolls: Cheap Drugs At A Steep Price

    Though patent trolls can help patients achieve cheaper medication in the short-term, everyone pays for it in the long term.
  27. What Would Full Disclosure Mean For The Market?

    In the wake accounting scandals, more people are calling for full disclosure. But what would that even help?
  28. Assessing Bank Assets: Are Your Savings Safe?

    Learn how to determine if your assets are safe or if your bank has spread itself too thin.
  29. What does it mean when "N/A" appears for a company's P/E ratio?

    A "N/A" reported in a stock's price-to-earnings ratio (P/E), can mean one of two things. The first, and simplest, would be ...
  30. Accretion / Dilution Analysis: A Merger Mystery

    This analysis tool is an effective way to value mergers and acquisitions. The deal's on the table, but should you sign the ...
  31. 8 Signs Of A Doomed Stock

    Companies provide distress signals long before they go under. Find out how to read them.
  32. Is Your Bank On Its Way Down?

    Find out how the Tier 1 capital ratio can be used to tell if your bank is going under.
  33. On This Day In Finance: June 11 - CFA Day

    On this day in 1947, the association of investment professionals was formed.
  34. What's In Store For GM Stockholders?

    On Tuesday, GM's stock symbol changed to GMGMQ. What can shareholders expect from this bankrupt company?
  35. Equity Valuation In Good Times And Bad

    Learn how to filter out the noise of the market place in order to find a solid way of determing a company's value.
  36. Mark-To-Market: Tool Or Trouble?

    Mark-to-market accounting can be a valuable practice, but all bets are off when the market fluctuates wildly.
  37. What is the difference between return on equity and return on capital?

    Return on equity (ROE) and return on capital (ROC) measure very similar concepts, but with a slight difference in the underlying ...
  38. Municipalities Free Up Cash With Chapter 9

    Find out what happens to municipalities when they need money, but have no other option than bankruptcy.
  39. The Evolution Of Enterprise Risk Management

    This growing sector can tell you a lot about the companies you are investing in.
  40. What is the best method of analysis for forex trading?

    Types Of Analysis Used In ForexForex analysis is used by the retail forex day trader to determine whether to buy or sell ...
  41. The P/E Ratio: A Good Market-Timing Indicator

    Check out the returns this newer technical analysis tool would've yielded over the period from 1920 to 2003.
  42. Why are P/E ratios generally higher during times of low inflation?

    Inflation affects equity prices in several ways. Most importantly, investors are willing to pay less for a certain level ...
  43. What is the weighted average of outstanding shares? How is it calculated?

    The amount of shares outstanding in a company will often change due to a company issuing new shares, repurchasing and retiring ...
  44. Is it possible for a company to have a positive cash flow and a negative net income?

    This situation may seem a bit counter-intuitive at first, but it is actually quite common and not too difficult to understand. ...
  45. Where can I find the P/E ratios for the Dow and S&P 500?

    When it comes to valuing stocks, the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is one of the oldest and most frequently used metrics. ...
  46. Can a company declare a dividend that exceeds its earnings per share?

    Yes, it can. In fact, many well-known Fortune 500 companies have paid dividends in years where they posted negative earnings ...
  47. Blending Technical And Fundamental Analysis

    Find out how you can combine the best of both strategies to better understand the markets.
  48. Stocks with high P/E ratios can be overpriced. Is a stock with a lower P/E always ...

    The short answer? No. The long answer? It depends.The price-to-earnings ratio (P/E ratio) is calculated as a stock's current ...
  49. Uncovering Hidden Debt

    Understand how financing through operating leases, synthetic leases, and securitizations affects companies' image of performance. ...
  50. Can a stock have a negative price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio?

    Yes, a stock can have a negative price-to-earnings ratio (P/E), but it is very unlikely that you will ever see it reported. ...
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    Moving Average Convergence Divergence (or MACD) is a trend-following momentum indicator that shows the relationship between ...
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  5. Quarter - Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4

    A three-month period on a financial calendar that acts as a basis for the reporting of earnings and the paying of dividends.
  6. Weighted Average Cost Of Capital - WACC

    Weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is a calculation of a firm's cost of capital in which each category of capital is ...
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