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  1. What is the average debt/equity ratio of companies in the financial services sector?

    Learn the importance of calculating the debt to equity ratio when analyzing companies operating in the financial services ...
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the total debt to total assets ...

    Learn how the total debt to total assets ratio is beneficial to investors and lenders in assessing the solvency of a company ...
  3. When consolidating financials, how do you calculate Enterprise Value in cases that ...

    Read about the impact of minority interests in the calculation of Enterprise Value in consolidation cases that involve minority ...
  4. Why does operating profit exclude interest revenues and expenses?

    Understand the purpose of examining a company's operating profit margin and why interest revenues and expenses are not included ...
  5. What are some of the disadvantages of using coefficient of variation (COV)?

    Learn about the disadvantages of coefficient of variation (COV). Find out how COV is calculated and why it is useful when ...
  6. How does ratio analysis make it easier to compare different companies?

    Learn what ratio analysis is, how investors can compare companies within the same sector using ratio analysis and how ratios ...
  7. What are some of the advantages of using coefficient of variation (COV)?

    Learn some advantages of using coefficient of variation (COV). Find out how it is calculated, as well as how it can be used ...
  8. Which financial accounting statement contains information on a company's net sales?

    Find out which accounting statement contains information on a company's net sales as well as other key statements analysts ...
  9. What are some common methods of gathering CI (competitive intelligence)?

    Read about some common methods of acquiring competitive business intelligence, and discover what a good intelligence analysis ...
  10. Has the Efficient Market Hypothesis been proven correct or incorrect?

    Explore the efficient market hypothesis and understand the extent to which this theory and its conclusions are correct or ...
  11. What is M1?

    M1 is a measurement of money supply that includes all hard currency, plus demand deposits such as checking accounts.
  12. Why These Could Be 2015's 10-Best Media Stocks

    A list of top-tier and speculative media stocks for 2015.
  13. How do I calculate an EBITDA margin using Excel?

    Learn about the EBITDA profit margin and how to use Microsoft Excel to calculate this profitability metric using data from ...
  14. What is capital structure theory?

    Discover capital structure theory as it relates to financial management and the methods in which companies attempt to raise ...
  15. What is the formula for calculating profit margins?

    Learn about gross, operating and net profit margins, how each is calculated and how they are used by businesses and investors ...
  16. What is the formula for calculating EBITDA?

    Learn about EBITDA and how companies can manipulate this calculation to look more profitable.
  17. What is the formula for calculating the capital asset pricing model (CAPM)?

    Learn about the capital asset pricing model, or CAPM, and how this formula is used to determine the expected rate of return ...
  18. What is the difference between Operating Cash Flow and Net Operating Income (NOI)?

    Learn what operating cash flow and net operating income are, how the two metrics are calculated and the main difference between ...
  19. Why does Berkshire Hathaway prefer to buy back shares instead of paying dividends?

    Learn why Berkshire Hathaway, the company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett, prefers stock buybacks over paying its shareholders ...
  20. What other investment metrics are best used in conjunction with net margin?

    Learn about a number of other equity valuation measures that can best be used in conjunction with looking at a company's ...
  21. How are the three major financial statements related to each other?

    Learn why investors analyze a company's financial statements, and how the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement ...
  22. Why Is The Nasdaq 5,000 Different This Time?

    The Nasdaq this week has slipped below the 5,000 high-water mark it reached last week. The last time it hit above 5,000 was ...
  23. What is the difference between the current account and the capital account?

    Learn how to differentiate between the capital account and the current account, the two components of the balance of payments ...
  24. How do you calculate the variance in gross margin percentage due to price and cost?

    Learn about how price and cost affect a company's gross profit margin and how variance can be calculated based on changes ...
  25. How does fixed costs and variable costs affect gross profit?

    Learn about the differences between fixed and variable costs and how they affect the calculation of gross profit by impacting ...
  26. What is the difference between financial capital and economic capital?

    Read about the differences between types of financial capital, which companies use to raise money, and economic capital models ...
  27. Why These Could Be 2015's 10-Best Pharma Stocks

    The pharmaceutical stocks covered here have significant potential going forward. Here's why.
  28. Why would a company want to decrease its dividends per share?

    Learn what dividends per share are, how the ratio is calculated, what the payout ratio is, and why a company would lower ...
  29. Why These Are 2015's 10-Best Financial Stocks

    If you're going to invest in the financial stocks, these names need to be on your radar.
  30. What is the difference between accounts payable turnover ratio and accounts receivables ...

    Learn the difference between the accounts payable turnover ratio and the accounts receivable turnover ratio. Understand what ...
  31. How do you calculate a payout ratio using Excel?

    Learn what the payout ratio is, what dividends per share and earnings per share are, and how the payout ratio is calculated ...
  32. How do interest rates influence a corporation's capital structure?

    Learn about how changing interest rates can affect a corporation's capital structure because of their impact on the cost ...
  33. How does inventory turnover affect the cash conversion cycle (CCC)?

    Learn how a company's inventory turnover affects its cash conversion cycle (CCC). Understand why a higher inventory turnover ...
  34. How do stockholders use agency theory to affect management?

    Explore the intricacies of agency theory that places stockholders and management in a unique relationship where both parties ...
  35. What's a Run Rate?

    Run rate is a term used to denote annualized earnings extrapolated from a shorter time frame. Management uses the run rate ...
  36. What's a Small Cap Stock?

    The “cap” in small cap stocks refers to a company’s capitalization as determined by the total market value of its publicly ...
  37. What is the Debt-To-Capital Ratio?

    The debt-to-capital ratio is used to measure a company’s use of financial leverage. The ratio is the company’s total debt, ...
  38. Could Amgen's Next Drug Be Worth $100 Billion?

    Amgen hopes it will win an FDA green light for evolocumab, a next-generation cholesterol fighter, which could grab a big ...
  39. 5 Reasons Sirius XM Haters Are Gone

    Bears continue to clear out of Sirius XM Holdings. There were fewer than 146 million of its shares sold short by the end ...
  40. Has The Time Come To Sell Vertex Pharmaceuticals?

    While it's been a choppy ride for Vertex Pharmaceuticals investors, the stock has handily outperformed the broader market ...
  41. Is Shake Shack Stock the Next Chipotle? Here Are The Financials

    Like Chipotle, Shake Shack is a publicly traded company in the fast casual industry, but investors have different projections ...
  42. Can Eagle Rock Energy Partners Soar In 2015?

    Eagle Rock Energy has seen its prices drop, but there is a ray of hope that could send units higher in 2015 even if the price ...
  43. Are These the 10 Best Energy Stocks of 2015?

    These energy stocks are a bit more speculative than you might expect, but their long-term upside potentials are high.
  44. Are These the 10 Best Internet Stocks of 2015?

    These internet companies vary in size, but they all offer future potential.
  45. 2 Areas Where Stratasys Can Improve

    Stratasys has suffered missteps, including struggling to meet or exceed Wall Street expectations, and dealing with compressing ...
  46. What is the average range of profit margin for a company in the financial services ...

    Learn why a company's profit margin is important in analyzing its worth and how companies within the financial services sector ...
  47. What is the average return on equity for a company in the financial services sector?

    Learn the importance of calculating a company's return on equity and what businesses in the financial services industry average ...
  48. What is the formula for calculating return on assets (ROA)?

    Learn about the calculation and interpretation of the return on assets formula and how it is used to analyze a company's ...
  49. 4 Signs You're Headed For Financial Trouble

    Here are some warnings that you could be in over your head financially – and how to fix the situation before it's too late.
  50. Over what duration should I be evaluating a company's total debt to total assets ...

    Learn what duration to use when analyzing the total debt to total assets ratio in a company and how to track a company's ...
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