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  1. Why is degree of financial leverage (DFL) important to shareholders?

    Learn about degree of financial leverage, or DFL, and why it is important for investors to determine a company's DFL before ...
  2. Why should investors be wary of off balance sheet financing activities?

    Find out why investors should be wary of off-balance-sheet financing, including how businesses use this accounting technique ...
  3. On which financial statement does a company list its raw material costs?

    Discover what items are raw materials, how raw material costs affect businesses, and where these costs are recorded on a ...
  4. Why is the value of capital stock important to public shareholders?

    Understand what capital stock is and how it's issued and authorized. Learn why the value of capital stock important to public ...
  5. How does Basel III strengthen regulation and improve risk management of the global ...

    Learn about the banking regulations of Basel III, including provisions regarding capital, leverage ratios and liquidity requirements.
  6. What are the major categories of financial risk for a company?

    Examine four major categories of financial risk for a business that represent potential problems that a company may have ...
  7. How do changes in capital stock illustrate the overall health of a company?

    Understand what capital stock is comprised of. Learn how changes in capital stock illustrate and provide insight into the ...
  8. On which financial statements does a company report its long-term debt?

    Discover which financial statements are used to report a company’s long-term debt, as well as how a company uses debt to ...
  9. Major League Baseball's Business Model & Strategy

    Major League Baseball is big business. Let's take a look at where the money comes from.
  10. 5 Things Investors Can Learn From Shark Tank

    Retail investors can watch "Shark Tank" to learn how the wealthy analyze investment opportunities.
  11. What’s Driving Markets Today

    While U.S. stocks managed to eke out modest gains last week, it wasn’t without some violent swings along the way.
  12. BlackBerry: A Story Of Constant Success & Failure

    BlackBerry's history of success and failure is demonstrated by extreme volatility in its stock price. Investopedia explores ...
  13. What does the information ratio tell about the design of a mutual fund?

    Understand what the information ratio is and how to calculate it. Learn what the information ratio reveals about the design ...
  14. What are typical forms of long-term debt for a public company?

    Learn typical forms of long-term debt for a public company, such as bonds, term loans, paid-in-kind notes, leases and hybrid ...
  15. Who's The Stronger Stock: Amazon or eBay?

    Learn how revenue, profitability, valuation metrics, active user base and seller ratings measure the success of Amazon and ...
  16. What A Tech Bubble Could Mean For The Economy

    Are technology stocks in a bubble? And if so, what might the consequences be?
  17. Is gross national income (GNI) or gross domestic product (GDP) a better measure of ...

    Discover why gross national income may be a better metric of an economy than gross domestic product when an economy has substantial ...
  18. What are the differences between downround and upround financing?

    Understand what down rounds and up rounds of financing mean, and learn about the typical progression of a company through ...
  19. What does floating stock tell traders about a particular stock?

    Learn about what floating stock tells a trader about a particular stock. One commonality of the biggest winners in stock ...
  20. What is the difference between the equity method and the proportional consolidation ...

    Discover the differences between the equity method and the proportional consolidation method of joint venture accounting, ...
  21. What usually happens to the price of a stock when a tender offer for shares of the ...

    Learn what happens to the price of a stock when a tender offer is made public. Some of the most contentious takeovers have ...
  22. What are some ratios I can use the operating cash flow ratio with?

    Understand the importance of a company's operating cash flow. Learn about some of the financial ratios that use the operating ...
  23. Why is unlevered free cash flow important when reviewing a company's finances?

    Understand why unlevered free cash flow is important when reviewing a company's finances. Learn the importance of comparing ...
  24. What is the minimum liquidity coverage ratio that a bank must have from 2016 to 2 ...

    Learn the purpose of the new liquidity coverage ratio requirements under the Basel III standards, and see the phase-in of ...
  25. What can demographics tell us about present and future consumption trends and economic ...

    Learn what demographics reveals about present and future consumption trends and economic cycles. Demographics is the study ...
  26. What external factors can influence EBITDA margins?

    Learn what external factors influence EBITDA margins, such as consumer preferences, laws, inflation or deflation, price movements ...
  27. What Is The Value In Value Investing?

    Value investing has its advantages, but it also has significant drawbacks. We look at the pros and cons.
  28. The Business Model Of Private Prisons

    How does the business model of private prisons work?
  29. What will examining a company's cash flow from operating activities tell an investor?

    Understand what examining a company's cash flow from operating activities tells an investor. Learn why the cash flow statement ...
  30. What are financial risk ratios and how are they used to measure risk?

    Explore some of the primary financial risk ratios that investors and analysts commonly use to evaluate a company's overall ...
  31. How does degree of financial leverage (DFL) affect earnings per share (EPS)?

    Learn about degree of financial leverage, how to calculate a company's DFL and how the DFL affects earnings per share.
  32. How is direct cost margin calculated?

    Find out how to calculate the direct cost margin, including how it is used in corporate finance as an indicator of operational ...
  33. How does the profit margin compare for a generic drug versus a brand name drug?

    Learn how the profit margins compare for generic drugs and brand-name drugs. Brand-name drugs cost three to four times more ...
  34. What are the differences between preference shares and debentures?

    Learn why preference shares are equity securities and debentures are debt securities. Understand the differences between ...
  35. The Most Crucial Financial Ratios For Penny Stocks

    Given adequate financial disclosure, investors can use some of the same financial ratios for valuing blue chip stocks to ...
  36. Can Microsoft Apps Compete With Android & Apple?

    Microsoft's answer to the smartphone crazy is the Windows Phone. The obvious problem with Windows Phones in an ever-connected ...
  37. How do prepaid expenses affect liquidity ratio calculations?

    Understand how prepaid expenses affect a company's liquidity ratio calculations. Learn about the most common types of liquidity ...
  38. The Story Behind Tesla's Success

    Tesla’s cars have been a hit not only car buyers, but also catapulted the company into the spotlight as one of the few successful ...
  39. Why is it useful for investors to calculate Net Operating Profit After Tax for over-leveraged ...

    Understand why it is useful for investors to calculate net operating profit after tax (NOPAT) for overleveraged companies ...
  40. What is the average price-to-book ratio in the aerospace sector?

    Find out more about the average price-to-book ratio of the aerospace sector and the importance of comparing P/B ratios between ...
  41. What is the average return on equity for a company in the aerospace sector?

    Learn about the average return on equity of companies in the aerospace sector and what ROE indicates about a company.
  42. What price-to-earnings ratio is average in the aerospace sector?

    Find out what the average price-to-earnings ratio is for companies in the aerospace sector and the importance of comparing ...
  43. Will Downsizing Your Home Pay Off?

    A little math can help you determine whether downsizing your home is worth it. It involves subtracting the costs of such ...
  44. Top Reasons to Invest in Google

    There's three main reasons Google stands to succeed for years to come.
  45. Why should investors consider the fully diluted share amount?

    Learn about the importance of considering the fully diluted shares, how it could affect a stock's share price and how dilution ...
  46. Why is it beneficial to use Net Operating Profit After Tax to compare companies within ...

    Understand why it's beneficial to use net operating profit after tax (NOPAT) to compare companies within the same industry ...
  47. What is the average return on total revenue for the insurance sector?

    Learn about the three main segments of the insurance industry, and find out what the average return on revenues is for the ...
  48. How do I calculate the rule of 72 using Matlab?

    Learn how to calculate years it takes for an investment to double or halve based on the rate of return or inflation using ...
  49. What's the difference between basic shares and fully diluted shares?

    Find out more about basic outstanding shares, fully diluted shares, the difference between the calculation of shares and ...
  50. Should You Buy Honda Stock Before The HondaJet Launch?

    Can the launch of HondaJet, a private business jet, add value to Honda's stock prices? Investopedia explores the investment ...
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