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  1. What was the largest company Warren Buffett ever bought through Berkshire Hathaway?

    Explore Warren Buffet's rationale for the record setting Berkshire Hathaway acquisition of the Burlington Northern Santa ...
  2. What was the first stock Warren Buffett ever bought?

    Learn some the important basic principles of investing that are illustrated by Warren Buffett's first experience in the world ...
  3. What is the average growth rate of the oil & gas drilling sector?

    Learn about the growth rate in the critically important market sector of oil and gas exploration and production, and see ...
  4. Find The Right Discount Rate Amid Post-2007 Risks

    OIS discounting has become part of standard valuation techniques, in a market in which there is more uncertainty and less ...
  5. Is liquidity calculated by flow?

    Read about the differences between economic liquidity, financial liquidity and asset liquidity and how each respective type ...
  6. What are the most common metrics for evaluating utilities?

    Read about the most common and important methods of evaluating the stocks of utility companies, and learn why regulation ...
  7. What is Warren Buffett's relation to "Supercat" insurance?

    Understand the concept of catastrophe reinsurance and learn how Berkshire Hathaway makes billions providing such insurance ...
  8. What impact does brand equity have on profit margins?

    Learn how both positive and negative brand equity affects profit margins by influencing profit per customer, sales volume ...
  9. What was the worst investment Warren Buffett made in his career?

    Discover what Warren Buffett's surprising answer is to the question of what was the single worst investment that the "oracle ...
  10. Is financial spread betting considered an investment?

    Learn about the basics of investing in spread betting and how investors protect investments from loss when using this risky ...
  11. Does Warren Buffett invest in gold? Why or why not?

    Discover what Warren Buffett's investment stance is toward gold and silver, why he likes one of them a lot and the other ...
  12. What is the use of having revolving credit if your credit score suffers for using ...

    Is revolving credit right for you? The benefits greatly outweigh the risk when used responsibly, but it also has the ability ...
  13. How do you calculate the proper weights of different costs of capital?

    Understand how to calculate the weights of the difference costs of capital and how this calculation is used to determine ...
  14. Why is time an important factor when evaluating supply?

    Learn how suppliers respond to increases in demand and why time is an important factor in supply and demand. Find out how ...
  15. Why are the fair value accounting rules controversial?

    Find out about the controversial points to fair value trading, ranging from historical concerns to more modern issues in ...
  16. What does Investment Grade Mean?

    Investment grade is a term used to describe a favorable rating for corporate and municipal bonds.
  17. What's a Blue-Chip Stock?

    A blue-chip stock is stock of a company that has been operating successfully for many years and has a market capitalization ...
  18. What does it mean if a share's market value is significantly higher than its book ...

    Learn how investors and analysts compare the market value of stock shares to the book value per common share; discover what ...
  19. What is the difference between the Sharpe ratio and alpha?

    Use alpha and the Sharpe ratio to evaluate mutual funds by comparing their risk-adjusted returns. Learn what modern portfolio ...
  20. What is the difference between book value and market value

    Learn the differences between book value and market value, and see how investors use each type to determine if a company ...
  21. How do I calculate incremental return on investment capital?

    Discover how to calculate a company's return on incremental invested capital, or ROIIC. See how ROIIC differs from traditional ...
  22. When and why were GAAP first established?

    Take a deeper look into the development and purpose of the generally accepted accounting principles, also known as GAAP, ...
  23. What is a good debt ratio, and what is a bad debt ratio?

    Learn about the factors that influence how investors and lenders evaluate the debt ratio for a company and why the answer ...
  24. How long are accounts receivable allowed to be outstanding?

    Learn about accounts receivable, including how long they typically remain outstanding, and how their payment or lack of payment ...
  25. What is the difference between standard deviation and average deviation?

    Understand the basics of standard deviation and average deviation, including how each is calculated and why standard deviation ...
  26. What does it signify about the state of a company if it has unusually high shareholders' ...

    Understand the meaning and calculation of shareholder equity and what a high level of shareholder equity signifies about ...
  27. The Pros and Cons of a Weak Euro

    The lingering Eurozone crisis has caused the euro to decline against the U.S. dollar. Who are the real winners and losers ...
  28. What does operating margin measure?

    Learn about why investors look to a company's operating margin, or return on sales, as a signal of both efficiency and profitability.
  29. Who uses book value to estimate the value of a company?

    Understand the meaning of the term "book value" and how it is used by market analysts to estimate the worth or market value ...
  30. What is the difference between gross profit margin and net profit margin?

    Understand the difference between the two profitability measures, gross profit margin and net profit margin, and how to calculate ...
  31. What is the difference between operating margin and gross margin?

    Discover the main differences between operating margin and gross margin, and how investors and analysts interpret each differently.
  32. What are the main factors that drive share prices in the railroads sector?

    Discover the main factors that impact the success of companies in the railroad industry and that have the greatest effect ...
  33. How does seasonality affect the railroads sector?

    Understand the effects of seasonal factors on the railroad industry and how they impact revenues and expenses for railroad ...
  34. What are examples of popular companies in the forest products sector?

    Investing in companies operating under the purview of the forestry trade allows for the inclusion of an alternative asset ...
  35. What is the difference between a capital expenditure and a revenue expenditure?

    Understand the difference between a company's capital expenditures and revenue expenditures, and how each expense appears ...
  36. How much liquidity is considered too much liquidity?

    Learn about the risks of holding too much cash or investing in assets that are too liquid, and discover how liquidity is ...
  37. How do you calculate the ratio between debt and equity in the cost of capital

    Discover how to calculate the ratio between debt and equity when making cost of capital estimations using the weighted average ...
  38. What is the average profit margin for a company in the railroads sector?

    Explore the average profit margins for companies in the railroad industry, and learn why analysts focus on operating margin ...
  39. What is the average return on equity for a company in the railroads sector?

    Learn what the average return on equity ratio is for companies in the railroad industry as compared to the ROE for other ...
  40. What is the average price-to-book ratio in the railroads sector?

    Explore the average price-to-book ratio of companies in the railroad industry, and learn why the P/B ratio is better than ...
  41. How do I use Excel to calculate the book value per common share?

    Learn the basics of book value per common share, how it is used to assess the value of a stock and how to calculate this ...
  42. What is the formula for calculating net present value (NPV) in Excel?

    Understand how net present value is used to estimate the anticipated profitability of projects or investments and how to ...
  43. What is the average growth rate of the forest products sector?

    Learn about the average growth rate in the forest products sector, along with the contributions this sector makes to the ...
  44. The Capital Asset Pricing (CAPM) Model: Pros and Cons

    CAPM, while criticized for its unrealistic assumptions, provides a more useful outcome than either the DDM or WACC in many ...
  45. How do you transfer common stock from one broker to another?

    Understand how common stock assets are transferred from broker to broker using the Automated Customer Account Transfer Service ...
  46. Can anyone own common stock in a company?

    Understand who can purchase common stock as well as the key characteristics that differentiate common stock from preferred ...
  47. What metrics can be used to evaluate companies in the railroads sector?

    Take a deeper look at some of the specific metrics that investors should rely on when evaluating companies in the railroads ...
  48. What are examples of popular companies in the railroads sector?

    Discover some of the most popular railroad company stocks within the transportation sector, and learn about the top companies ...
  49. What is the difference between book value per common share and NAV (net asset value)?

    Understand the difference between book value per common share and net asset value, and learn how these evaluations are used ...
  50. What are some examples of preferred stock, and why do companies issue it?

    Understand the difference between preferred stock and common stock, and learn the primary reasons why companies issue preferred ...
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