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  1. What is the formula for calculating internal rate of return (IRR) in Excel?

    Understand how to calculate the internal rate of return (IRR) using Excel and how this metric is used to determine anticipated ...
  2. Figuring Out How To Cover Your Liability Bases

    Whenever we talk about the asset-liability approach to portfolio management (ALM), the concepts of immunization and cash ...
  3. What main factors affect share prices in the metals and mining sector?

    Discover the primary factors that influence share prices of companies in the metals and mining sector and how companies can ...
  4. How do analysts and investors interpret Economic Value Added?

    Understand how economic value added (EVA) is interpreted by analysts and investors and how to calculate this important metric ...
  5. What does the efficient market hypothesis assume about fair value?

    Found out what the efficient market hypothesis says about the fair value of securities, and learn why technical and fundamental ...
  6. What role do core competencies play in a balanced scorecard?

    See how some businesses can combine the concepts of core competency and a balanced scorecard in an attempt to build sustainable ...
  7. How do I calculate free, discounted and operational cash flow in Excel?

    Take a quick look at how you can calculate a company's operating cash flow, free cash flow and discounted cash flows using ...
  8. Top 10 Fastest Growing Industries in the United States

    Six of the ten fastest growing industries are directly related to new residential construction.
  9. How To Become A Private Equity Associate

    With the right planning, second- and third-year investment banking analysts can graduate to an associate position at a private ...
  10. How Gilead Sales Have Grown Conspicuously?

    Learn how Gilead sales have climbed from $1.33 billion in 2004 to $24.89 billion as of the end of 2014.
  11. What value metrics are best for analyzing companies in the metals and mining sector?

    Learn what some of the best valuation measures are that analysts commonly use to evaluate companies in the metals and mining ...
  12. What developed countries have the greatest exposure to metals and mining?

    Learn about the three developed countries with the largest exposure to the metals and mining sector: Canada, Australia and ...
  13. Why Should Investors Be Wary Of Organovo?

    Few industries are as hit-or-miss as healthcare. Depending upon the success of a company's drug or device pipeline, your ...
  14. How To Invest Sirius XM Holdings Successfully?

    Sirius XM Holdings wasn't a very exciting stock last year. Let's go over some of the things that need to get right if it ...
  15. Are These the 10 Best Oil Stocks of 2015?

    Instead of trying to pick a bottom in oil, pick a good company. Here are 10 to consider.
  16. Stock Analysis Basics: How To Forecast Revenue and Growth

    Forecasted revenue and growth projections are important components of security analysis, leading to a stock’s future worth.
  17. Are small cap companies a safer investment than large cap companies?

    Learn about the safety of small caps compared to large caps. Find out which key measures they differ on and which to pick ...
  18. Cash Flow From Financing Activities (CFF)

    Cash flow from financing activities is typically the third and final section of the statement of cash flows. It shows changes ...
  19. Why do credit card companies calculate revenue splits in terms of basis points?

    Discover how revenue splitting works and how credit card companies are able to utilize basis points in revenue splits to ...
  20. What are the differences between Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger's business philosophies?

    Take a deeper look into the relationship between Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, the chairman and vice chairman of Berkshire ...
  21. If the intrinsic value of a stock is significantly lower than the market price, should ...

    Discover how the intrinsic value and market price of a stock are related and why a stock that appears overvalued may still ...
  22. How is standard deviation used to determine risk?

    Understand the basics of calculation and interpretation of standard deviation and how it is used to measure risk in the investment ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. Is liquidity calculated by flow?

    Read about the differences between economic liquidity, financial liquidity and asset liquidity and how each respective type ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. What does Investment Grade Mean?

    Investment grade is a term used to describe a favorable rating for corporate and municipal bonds.
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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, ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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.
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