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  1. What are some examples of different types of capital?

    Learn about the different types of capital, including financial, human and social capital, and how each is a valuable asset ...
  2. What is the difference between EBITDA margin and profit margin?

    Learn about the EBITDA margin and what sets it apart from GAAP-approved profit margins such as the gross margin, operating ...
  3. What's the difference between economic value added (EVA) and accounting profit?

    Learn the differences between economic value added and accounting profit. Understand the numbers used in each calculation ...
  4. What is the point of calculating economic value added (EVA)?

    Understand the reason for calculating economic value added, or EVA, as well as the performance it measures. Learn when a ...
  5. Why would I need total debt to total assets represented as a ratio, as opposed to ...

    Learn why having the relationship between a company's total debt and its total assets is more valuable when expressed as ...
  6. How does a company's capitalization structure affect its profitability?

    Learn about capitalization structure and how the combination of debt and equity a company uses to fund operations can affect ...
  7. What is accounting fraud?

    Learn what accounting fraud is, why a company commits account fraud and some types of accounting fraud that misrepresent ...
  8. What are examples of popular companies in the banking sector?

    Learn about some of the popular companies for bank stocks in the banking industry, a prime component of the financial services ...
  9. Is a deficit in the balance of payments a bad thing?

    Discover how it might be possible to run a balance of payments deficit, what that means in terms of international trade and ...
  10. How should investors interpret unlevered beta?

    Learn what unlevered beta is, how it is calculated, and how investors can interpret the unlevered betas of companies within ...
  11. What does financial accounting focus on?

    Learn the main tenets of financial accounting, the guidelines by which it is governed and how outsiders use it to gauge a ...
  12. What kinds of liabilities appear on the balance sheet?

    Learn what current and non-current liabilities are, the difference between the two, and examples of liabilities that a company ...
  13. How are semi-variable costs similar to fixed costs?

    Learn what fixed costs are, what semi-variable costs are, why semi-variable costs are similar to fixed costs, and how semi-variable ...
  14. What items are considered liquid assets?

    Learn what a liquid asset is, some examples of liquid assets, what a non-liquid asset is and what determines whether as asset ...
  15. Are solvency ratios more concerned with the short-term or the long-term?

    Learn what solvency is, how to use ratios to determine a company's solvency, and why solvency ratios are concerned with the ...
  16. How does opportunity cost impact how cost of debt is evaluated?

    Learn about opportunity cost and how this concept is incorporated into the determination of the actual cost of debt capital ...
  17. What is the difference between fixed cost and total fixed cost?

    Learn what a fixed cost is, what a variable cost is, what total fixed costs are, and the difference between a fixed cost ...
  18. Do companies measure their cost of debt with before- or after-tax returns?

    Understand the before and after-tax calculations of cost of debt capital and how each is useful in deciding between funding ...
  19. What does free cash flow to equity (FCFE) really tell an analyst?

    Discover the calculation analysts prefer using over the dividend discount model to assess the value of a business, and how ...
  20. What causes dividends per share to increase?

    Learn what the major factors are that can lead to changes in a company's dividend payouts and drive increases in dividends ...
  21. For what kinds of businesses is the fixed asset turnover ratio most important?

    Learn about the fixed asset turnover ratio and why businesses in asset-heavy industries, such as manufacturing, pay special ...
  22. Where on the internet can I look up price to sales ratios for specific companies?

    Learn what price-to-sales ratio is, how investors can use it to compare different companies in the same sector and which ...
  23. What types of companies tend to have the most deferred revenue?

    Learn what types of companies tend to have the highest levels of deferred revenue. Understand when deferred revenue is recognized ...
  24. What is the difference between deferred revenue and accrued expense?

    Understand the differences between deferred revenue and accrued expenses. Learn how each is recognized on the balance sheet ...
  25. Why is deferred revenue listed as a liability on the balance sheet?

    Understand why deferred revenue is listed as a liability on a company's balance sheet. Learn what is needed to recognize ...
  26. How is cash flow affected by Average Collection Period?

    See how reducing a company's average collection period can help cash flow, and learn why collections practices are so important ...
  27. Which is more important when estimating cost of capital - debt or equity?

    Learn about the relative costs of debt and equity and how they affect the overall cost of capital, including why debt may ...
  28. What are some of the limitations of looking only at the return on total assets?

    Learn about the return on total assets ratio and why the weaknesses of this metric make it an unreliable standalone measure ...
  29. Why do shareholders need financial statements?

    Discover the importance of a company's financial statements for stock shareholders in evaluating their equity investment ...
  30. What are some of the limitations of only looking at the rate of return for an investment?

    Learn why only reviewing the rate of return for an investment poses a risk to the investor and what additional factors should ...
  31. What is the formula for calculating net present value (NPV)?

    Learn about the formula for net present value (NPV) and how this calculation is used in capital budgeting to determine which ...
  32. What are some examples of financial spread betting?

    Learn how financial spread betting is done, and see examples of some of the ways that investors can use spread betting as ...
  33. How are liquidity ratios different than solvency ratios?

    Learn what liquidity and solvency are, what liquidity and solvency ratios calculate, and the main difference between the ...
  34. What are analysts looking for when they use free cash flow to equity (FCFE)?

    Learn how free cash flow to equity helps analysts to advise their corporate and individual clients effectively about buying ...
  35. Why are efficiency ratios important to investors?

    Learn about efficiency ratios, such as the asset turnover ratio, and why these metrics are important to investors when analyzing ...
  36. What are some examples of cash flow from operating activities?

    Learn about the cash flow statement and cash flows from operating activities, and observe some examples of cash flows from ...
  37. How exactly do I use the price to sales ratio to evaluate a stock?

    Learn the best way for investors and market analysts to make use of the price to sales ratio in evaluating a company's stock.
  38. What are the different ways that corporations can raise capital?

    Find out about the most common types of debt and equity capital, and how things such as interest and dividend payments factor ...
  39. What is the difference between cost of debt capital and cost of equity?

    Learn about how the costs of debt and equity capital differ and how to calculate each using interest and tax rates and stock ...
  40. Why has the price to sales ratio become a more popular metric than it was in the ...

    Explore the usage of the price to sales ratio (P/S), and learn why it has become a more popular equity valuation metric for ...
  41. What kinds of companies are the best candidates for evaluation using the Gordon Growth ...

    Learn what the Gordon growth model is, how it's used to value a company and what candidates are best suited for evaluation ...
  42. What is considered a favorable price to sales ratio?

    Understand the price to sales (P/S) ratio and learn what market analysts typically consider to be a favorable or excellent ...
  43. How should investors interpret a company's cash conversion cycle (CCC)?

    Understand what the cash conversion cycle is and its significance as a financial evaluation tool for investors and market ...
  44. How does a company choose between debt and equity in its capital structure?

    Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of debt and equity financing and how companies compare different capital structures ...
  45. Should I look at a company's operating profit or net profit?

    Explore the ways in which investors and market analysts use a company's operating profit and net profit margins for equity ...
  46. Over what sort of time span should I be examining a company's EBITA margin?

    Discover the time frame for evaluating the EBITDA margin of a company, and learn why it is an important profit margin for ...
  47. Why These Could Be 2015's 10 Best Biotech Stocks

    A quick look at a 10 biotech companies that are poised to deliver for shareholders in 2015.
  48. How do I calculate a price to sales ratio using Excel?

    Learn what the price to sales ratio is, how to calculate the ratio using a formula, and how to calculate the price to sales ...
  49. How do I calculate fixed asset depreciation using Excel?

    Learn what depreciation is and how to use Excel to calculate depreciation for fixed assets with the straight line and sum ...
  50. What is the difference between earnings per share and dividends per share?

    Learn what earnings per share and dividends per share are, how the two ratios are calculated and the main difference between ...
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