Fundamentals

How do you determine a company's percentage of credit sales?
First, we should establish the fact that, depending on the industry, most companies' sales are sold with terms of payment ... 
What number of shares determines adequate liquidity for a stock?
Liquidity refers to how easy it is to buy and sell shares without seeing a change in price. If, for example, you bought stock ... 
Spotting Cash Cows
We show you why some of these companies stand apart from the herd. 
Is maximizing stock price the same thing as maximizing profit?
Simply put: yes. A company's stock price will factor in many different variables including the type of industry the firm ... 
Uncovering Hidden Debt
Understand how financing through operating leases, synthetic leases, and securitizations affects companies' image of performance. ... 
Can a company declare a dividend that exceeds its earnings per share?
Yes, it can. In fact, many wellknown Fortune 500 companies have paid dividends in years where they posted negative earnings ... 
Blending Technical And Fundamental Analysis
Find out how you can combine the best of both strategies to better understand the markets. 
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 pricetoearnings ratio (P/E ratio) is calculated as a stock's current ... 
Can a stock have a negative pricetoearnings (P/E) ratio?
Yes, a stock can have a negative pricetoearnings ratio (P/E), but it is very unlikely that you will ever see it reported. ... 
Operating Performance Ratios
Learn about the fixedasset turnover, sales/revenue per employee, operating cycle and dividend payout ratio. 
Mutual Fund Investment Quality: Conclusion
Check in here for an overview of mutual fund investment quality and how to find it. 
Understanding Economic Value Added
Discover the simplicity of this important valuation metric. We reveal its underlying ideas and examine each of its components. ... 
Using Accounting Analysis To Measure Earnings Quality
Learn the accounting concepts that will help you to dig into to the details to find earnings manipulation. 
Debt Ratios
Learn about the debt ratio, debtequity ratio, capitalization ratio, interest coverage ratio and the cash flow to debt ratio. ... 
Behavioral Finance
Learn the science behind irrational decision making and how you can avoid it. 
Introduction To Fundamental Analysis
Learn this easytounderstand technique of analyzing a company's financial statements and reports. 
Profitability Indicator Ratios
Learn about profit margin analysis, effective tax rate, return on assets, return on equity and return on capital employed. 
Cash Flow Indicator Ratios
Learn about the operating cash flow to sales ratio, free cash flow to operating cash flow ratio and free cash flow coverage ... 
A Guide To Conference Board Indicators
Learn to put the CB data sets to trading use. Each chapter takes you through one of the board's benchmark indicators or surveys, ... 
Analytical Commentary On A Fund
Independent fund investment research is the key to finding investment quality in a mutual fund. 
Fund Performance Metrics
With mutual funds, it is crucial to look at all components of investment quality and not performance alone. 
Scoring Fund Investment Quality
Learn some background on mutual funds and what factors can be used to assess their investment quality. 
Reading Financial Tables Tutorial
Learn about six common types of financial tables and figure out how to interpret them. 
Market Strength Tutorial
Here you can learn about some of the indicators that traders and brokers use to determine the direction and strength of the ... 
Investment Valuation Ratios
Learn about per share data, price/book value ratio, price/cash flow ratio, price/earnings ratio, price/sales ratio, dividend ... 
Measuring a Fund's Risk and Return
Learn the importance of the riskreturn relationship in selecting a mutual fund. 
Liquidity Measurement Ratios
Learn about the current ratio, quick ratio, cash ratio and cash conversion cycle. 
Understanding The P/E Ratio
Learn what the price/earnings ratio really means and how you should use it to value companies. 
Dow Theory
Learn about the foundation upon which technical analysis is based. 
Fundamental Analysis For Traders
Find out how this method can be applied strategically to increase profit.
Hot Definitions

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Keynesian Economics
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Generally Accepted Accounting Principles  GAAP
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DuPont Analysis
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