Fundamentals

  1. 5 Tricks Companies Use During Earnings Season

    5 Tricks Companies Use During Earnings Season

    Don't be fooled: Companies use all kinds of tactics to make bad earnings look good. Find out how to see through them.
  2. Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Companies balance the interests of owners, customers and employees. Find out who comes out on top.
  3. Earnings Power Drives Stocks

    Earnings Power Drives Stocks

    Internal return on investment helps determine a stock's ability to propel shareholder returns.
  4. Surprising Earnings Results

    Surprising Earnings Results

    Consensus estimates can send stocks spiraling - but are they representing reality?
  5. Forces That Move Stock Prices

    Forces That Move Stock Prices

    You can't predict exactly how stocks will behave, but knowing what affects prices will put you ahead of the pack.
  6. Your Dividend Payout: Can You Count On It?

    Your Dividend Payout: Can You Count On It?

    We go over several telling factors that can help you answer this question and avoid losses.
  7. All About EVA

    All About EVA

    Looking for a formula to determine whether a company is creating wealth? Time to learn all about economic value added.
  8. Financial Institutions: Stretched Too Thin?

    Financial Institutions: Stretched Too Thin?

    Find out how to evaluate a firm's loan portfolio to determine its financial health.
  9. Get Tough On Management Puff

    Get Tough On Management Puff

    Company managers are often skilled at fooling investors. Be critical and don't believe the hype.
  10. Earnings Sustainability: The Key To Your Investing Future

    Earnings Sustainability: The Key To Your Investing Future

    Learn how to analyze earnings sustainability - an important part of making sound investments.
  11. Accounting For Differences In Oil And Gas Accounting

    Accounting For Differences In Oil And Gas Accounting

    How a company accounts for its expenses affects how its net income and cash flow numbers are reported.
  12. EBITDA: Challenging The Calculation

    EBITDA: Challenging The Calculation

    This measure has a bad rap, but it's still a valuable tool when used appropriately.
  13. 6 Common Misconceptions About Dividends

    6 Common Misconceptions About Dividends

    You've almost certainly heard these commonly held beliefs about dividends. Find out why they're wrong.
  14. Let Your Intuition Guide Your Investments

    Let Your Intuition Guide Your Investments

    Don't ignore that gut feeling - it might just be leading you in the right direction.
  15. Buying Into Corporate Research & Development (R&D)

    Buying Into Corporate Research & Development (R&D)

    Investors take note: companies that cut research and development are in danger of saving today but losing big tomorrow.
  16. When Insiders Buy, Should Investors Join Them?

    When Insiders Buy, Should Investors Join Them?

    Insider tracking can inform your investment strategy, but it requires research and a level head. Find out what to look for. ...
  17. Baby Buffett Portfolio: His 6 Best Long-Term Picks

    Baby Buffett Portfolio: His 6 Best Long-Term Picks

    Find out which stocks one of the world's best investor is putting his faith in.
  18. Find Turning Points With Single-Day Patterns

    Find Turning Points With Single-Day Patterns

    On their own, single-day patterns can be unreliable, but that doesn't mean they can't be used effectively.
  19. A Baby Buffett Portfolio: His 6 Best Long-Term Picks

    A Baby Buffett Portfolio: His 6 Best Long-Term Picks

    We look at six stocks Warren Buffett stands behind, why he likes them and why they may be a good fit for your portfolio too. ...
  20. Free Cash Flow Yield: The Best Fundamental Indicator

    Free Cash Flow Yield: The Best Fundamental Indicator

    Cash in the bank is what every company strives to achieve. Find out how to determine how much a company is generating and ...
  21. Improving Your Investing Outlook

    Improving Your Investing Outlook

    Looking to the past to predict the future is not always effective - for a balanced outlook on investing, all viewpoints must ...
  22. Conference Calls: Press 1 For Investment Insight

    Conference Calls: Press 1 For Investment Insight

    These calls can be an investor's most direct line to information about a company's operations.
  23. Fundamentals And Technicals: Together At Last

    Fundamentals And Technicals: Together At Last

    It's a big mistake for a fundamental investor to ignore technical analysis. Find out how to become chart smart.
  24. Speed Read SEC Filings For Hot Stock Picks

    Speed Read SEC Filings For Hot Stock Picks

    SEC forms can be a real headache. Find out how to make your research more efficient - and more effective.
  25. Economic Moats: A Successful Company's Best Defense

    Economic Moats: A Successful Company's Best Defense

    Find out why some companies thrive while others flounder.
  26. Company Survival: Cash Conversion Cycle Is Key

    Company Survival: Cash Conversion Cycle Is Key

    Find out how to use this figure to analyze a firm's financial condition.
  27. How do I value the shares that I own in a private company?

    How do I value the shares that I own in a private company?

    Share ownership in a private company is usually quite difficult to value due to the absence of a public market for the shares. ...
  28. Fund Transactional Activity

    Fund Transactional Activity

    Portfolio turnover is one of the simplest measures of mutual fund quality quality. Find out how to measure it.
  29. Taking Stock Of Discounted Cash Flow

    Taking Stock Of Discounted Cash Flow

    Learn how and why investors are using cash flow-based analysis to make judgments about company performance.
  30. 5 Secular Trends Investors Must Know

    5 Secular Trends Investors Must Know

    Investors can count on secular trends to be just as important today as in the future. Check out some industries for the long-term. ...
  31. Cash Flow On Steroids: Why Companies Cheat

    Cash Flow On Steroids: Why Companies Cheat

    Pressure to be the best can sometimes push corporations to cheat. Learn how they do it and how to spot it.
  32. Understanding The Mutual Fund Style Box

    Understanding The Mutual Fund Style Box

    Evaluate your investments with this simple tool.
  33. Recession 2009: By The Numbers

    Recession 2009: By The Numbers

    During a recession there are a lot of numbers thrown around. Find out what those economic statistics really mean.
  34. The ABCs Of Mutual Fund Classes

    The ABCs Of Mutual Fund Classes

    Do you understand how the various types of shares differ? We give you the pros and cons of each.
  35. Litigation: Are Your Investments At Risk?

    Litigation: Are Your Investments At Risk?

    Don't let company lawsuits hit you unprepared. Learn how to uncover how they might affect you.
  36. Common Clues Of Financial Statement Manipulation

    Common Clues Of Financial Statement Manipulation

    Search for the "bloody" fingerprints in accounting crimes.
  37. Banking Stress Tests: Would Yours Pass?

    Banking Stress Tests: Would Yours Pass?

    In weaker economic times, banks may be tested by the government to see how safe they are.
  38. Intermarket Analysis: Pinpointing Reversals And Confirming Trends

    Intermarket Analysis: Pinpointing Reversals And Confirming Trends

    Learn how to confirm your analysis based on intermarket trends by watching global markets and particular stocks to pinpoint ...
  39. Does the balance sheet always balance?

    Does the balance sheet always balance?

    Yes, a balance sheet should always balance. The name "balance sheet" is based on the fact that assets will equal liabilities ...
  40. Financial Physics:

    Financial Physics: "Natural" Market Laws

    Physics uses math to define the laws of the universe; here, we look at what laws explain the financial universe.
  41. The Best CEOs Listen To The Street

    The Best CEOs Listen To The Street

    Studies show that transparency and listening to the market are a winning combination for CEOs and the companies they run. ...
  42. Pharma Patent Trolls: Cheap Drugs At A Steep Price

    Pharma Patent Trolls: Cheap Drugs At A Steep Price

    Though patent trolls can help patients achieve cheaper medication in the short-term, everyone pays for it in the long term. ...
  43. What Would Full Disclosure Mean For The Market?

    What Would Full Disclosure Mean For The Market?

    In the wake accounting scandals, more people are calling for full disclosure. But what would that even help?
  44. Assessing Bank Assets: Are Your Savings Safe?

    Assessing Bank Assets: Are Your Savings Safe?

    Learn how to determine if your assets are safe or if your bank has spread itself too thin.
  45. What does it mean when

    What does it mean when "N/A" appears for a company's P/E ratio?

    A "N/A" reported in a stock's price-to-earnings ratio (P/E), can mean one of two things. The first, and simplest, would be ...
  46. Accretion / Dilution Analysis: A Merger Mystery

    Accretion / Dilution Analysis: A Merger Mystery

    This analysis tool is an effective way to value mergers and acquisitions. The deal's on the table, but should you sign the ...
  47. Is Your Bank On Its Way Down?

    Is Your Bank On Its Way Down?

    Find out how the Tier 1 capital ratio can be used to tell if your bank is going under.
  48. 8 Signs Of A Doomed Stock

    8 Signs Of A Doomed Stock

    Companies provide distress signals long before they go under. Find out how to read them.
  49. On This Day In Finance: June 11 - CFA Day

    On This Day In Finance: June 11 - CFA Day

    On this day in 1947, the association of investment professionals was formed.
  50. What's In Store For GM Stockholders?

    What's In Store For GM Stockholders?

    On Tuesday, GM's stock symbol changed to GMGMQ. What can shareholders expect from this bankrupt company?
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    YouTube's Partner Program helps users earn money through their channels. Find out how.
  4. The World's Most Valuable Private Companies

    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
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    Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday. Here's why.
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