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  1. Should I care about the book value per common share when dealing with a blue chip ...

    See why shareholders of any listed company, even owners of blue chip stock, should care about what the book value per common ...
  2. What is the average profit margin for a company in the oil & gas drilling sector?

    Understanding the profit margin is an integral aspect of analyzing whether an oil & gas drilling company is a worthwhile ...
  3. What is the average profit margin for a company in the forest products sector?

    Profit margin is a measurement of profitability that investors can use to determine the suitability of an investment in the ...
  4. What is the average return on equity for a company in the forest products sector?

    Investing in the forestry sector can provide a hedge against other asset classes, but investors should be aware of the sector's ...
  5. What kind of financial reporting requirements does GAAP set out?

    Look at some of the major financial reporting requirements set forth by the generally accepted accounting principles and ...
  6. What is the formula for calculating gross profit margin in Excel?

    Understand the basics of the gross profit margin including its interpretation as a measure of profitability and its calculation ...
  7. Why would you take DCF into account rather than simply projecting future revenues?

    Learn what discounted cash flow analysis is and why it is considered a better equity valuation tool than simply projecting ...
  8. What is the average profit margin for a utility company?

    Learn the average profit margin in the utilities sector and why standard supply and demand forces are limited among energy ...
  9. What is face value and how is it determined?

    Face value is determined arbitrarily by issuers and designed to give a reasonable expectation of value to the stock, bond ...
  10. What is the best cash flow management tool?

    Understand the basics of cash flow management and which tools are most useful, both those included in financial software ...
  11. What is the difference between capital investment decision and current asset decision?

    Learn how capital investment decisions are long-term funding decisions, while current asset decisions are short-term funding ...
  12. What is the difference between the debt ratio of a company and the debt ratio of ...

    Discover the different financial evaluation measures that are most commonly applied to individuals and corporations, respectively.
  13. The Future of Qualcomm's Stock

    Qualcomm is a leader in a competitive market, but there are still significant risks to investing in its stock.
  14. What is the difference between authorized shares and outstanding shares?

    Calculating financial ratios can help investors understand a company's financial position, but only when a knowledge of various ...
  15. What is the difference between debt to income and debt to assets?

    Understand the differences between the debt-to-income ratio and the debt to assets ratio as they apply to personal and corporate ...
  16. How do I calculate the acid test ratio on a balance sheet?

    Learn how to quickly calculate a company's acid-test ratio based on the figures listed on its balance sheet. See how companies ...
  17. What is the difference between cash flow and revenue?

    Understand the difference between cash flow and revenue as they relate to corporate accounting and the financial evaluation ...
  18. How useful is ROCE as an indicator of a company's performance?

    Understand the meaning, significance and usefulness of return on capital employed as a measure of a company's financial performance
  19. If a company has a low price to book ratio, does this mean its stock is undervalued?

    Learn the usefulness of the price-to-book ratio, a primary equity valuation measure, and determine how it can best be used ...
  20. What is the difference between yield and rate of return?

    Read about the differences between yield and rate of return. See why many novice investors often struggle more with the concept ...
  21. What are some high profile cases of companies who failed to be socially responsible?

    Learn about corporate social responsibility. Explore how Enron's lack of corporate responsibility ultimately destroyed the ...
  22. What is revenue cycle management?

    Learn more about revenue cycle management and why the healthcare industry in particular has adopted this payment process ...
  23. What is the difference between intrinsic value and current market value?

    Discover the differences between intrinsic and market values, what makes the former difficult to determine and how investor ...
  24. What industries tend to use discounted cash flow (DCF), and why?

    Understand the valuation method of discounted cash flow analysis and why it is more suitable for evaluating certain industries ...
  25. Is it important for a company always to have a high liquidity ratio?

    Understand the significance of the liquidity ratio and how it is used in conjunction with other measures to arrive at an ...
  26. What is the difference between ROCE and ROI?

    Understand the difference between return on capital employed and return on investment and how analysts use these performance ...
  27. What is the difference between ROCE and ROA?

    Understand the difference between the profitability ratios of return on capital employed and return on assets, and learn ...
  28. What is the difference between ROCE and ROOC?

    Find out about the differences between return on capital employed and return on operating capital, two accounting ratios ...
  29. To what extent should you take a company's liquidity ratio into account before investing ...

    Find out how important it is for an investor to know a company's liquidity ratio before deciding to invest, and why relying ...
  30. What is the difference between ROCE and ROE?

    Discover how investors and analysts utilize the return on equity and return on capital employed ratios to gauge financial ...
  31. How can a company quickly increase its liquidity ratio?

    Discover what high and low values in the liquidity ratio mean and what steps companies can take to improve liquidity ratios ...
  32. Use the Book-to-Market Ratio

    The book-to-market ratio compares the book value of a company to the market value of that same company.
  33. What are the different ways a CEO could influence stock prices?

    A CEO's influence on a stock price reflects the company's growth strategy and outlook, its financing needs and decisions ...
  34. Does a high price to book ratio correspond to a high ROE?

    Learn the correlation between the two equity valuations, price to book ratio and return on equity, and why it can be advantageous ...
  35. What is considered a good price to book ratio?

    Discover what is considered to be a good price-to-book ratio value, and learn the factors to consider when interpreting this ...
  36. What is the difference between operating margin and contribution margin?

    Understand the difference between two measures of profitability, operating margin and contribution margin, and the purpose ...
  37. What costs are not counted in gross profit margin?

    Explore the various measures of a company's profitability, such as gross, operating and net profit margins, and understand ...
  38. What is the proper ratio between working capital, current assets and current liabilities?

    Explore the working capital ratio, a basic liquidity measurement intended to represent the current relationship between a ...
  39. What is the difference between operating margin and EBITDA

    Understand the key differences between, and purposes of, two measures of profitability that companies use: operating profit ...
  40. How is gross profit margin used in sales?

    Learn and understand the meaning and usefulness of the gross profit margin figure for a company in relation to its total ...
  41. What is the difference between operating margin and return on sales?

    Discover how a small warning suggests a difference between return on sales, or ROS, and operating margin, two terms normally ...
  42. What is the difference between operating margin and profit margin?

    Understand the difference between operating margin and profit margin in relation to evaluating a company's profitability ...
  43. What is the difference between a Sharpe ratio and a Traynor ratio?

    Understand the difference between two methods of evaluating portfolio returns on investment, the Sharpe ratio and the Treynor ...
  44. What are some possible red flags in a company's dividend payout ratio?

    Read about how investors and analysts use the dividend payout ratio to scrutinize the sustainability of a company's dividend ...
  45. What is the difference between a sharpe ratio and an information ratio?

    Understand the meaning of the Sharpe ratio and the information ratio, and understand how they differ as tools for evaluating ...
  46. What is the difference between gross profit margin and markup?

    Understand the distinction between gross profit margin and markup, and learn how each of these measures of profitability ...
  47. What is the difference between gross profit margin and contribution margin?

    Learn the difference between gross profit margin, an overall profitability metric analysts use, and contribution margin, ...
  48. How does a change in CEO impact stock price?

    Learn what effect hiring a new CEO has on the value of a company's stock. Explore which factors are most likely to influence ...
  49. Is book value a better metric for company worth than the PE ratio?

    Determine the best situations in which to utilize book value, P/E ratio and other metrics to determine the true worth of ...
  50. What is a good Sharpe ratio?

    Understand how the Sharpe ratio is calculated, and its significance and use for investors in evaluating the performance of ...
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