Fundamentals

  1. 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.
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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.
  5. 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. ...
  6. 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. ...
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. Equity Valuation In Good Times And Bad

    Equity Valuation In Good Times And Bad

    Learn how to filter out the noise of the market place in order to find a solid way of determing a company's value.
  16. Mark-To-Market: Tool Or Trouble?

    Mark-To-Market: Tool Or Trouble?

    Mark-to-market accounting can be a valuable practice, but all bets are off when the market fluctuates wildly.
  17. What is the difference between return on equity and return on capital?

    What is the difference between return on equity and return on capital?

    Return on equity (ROE) and return on capital (ROC) measure very similar concepts, but with a slight difference in the underlying ...
  18. Municipalities Free Up Cash With Chapter 9

    Municipalities Free Up Cash With Chapter 9

    Find out what happens to municipalities when they need money, but have no other option than bankruptcy.
  19. Value Investing Using The Enterprise Multiple

    Value Investing Using The Enterprise Multiple

    This simple measure can help investors determine whether a stock is a good deal.
  20. Can a company declare a dividend that exceeds its earnings per share?

    Can a company declare a dividend that exceeds its earnings per share?

    Yes, it can. In fact, many well-known Fortune 500 companies have paid dividends in years where they posted negative earnings ...
  21. What is the weighted average of outstanding shares? How is it calculated?

    What is the weighted average of outstanding shares? How is it calculated?

    The amount of shares outstanding in a company will often change due to a company issuing new shares, repurchasing and retiring ...
  22. Why are P/E ratios generally higher during times of low inflation?

    Why are P/E ratios generally higher during times of low inflation?

    Inflation affects equity prices in several ways. Most importantly, investors are willing to pay less for a certain level ...
  23. Where can I find the P/E ratios for the Dow and S&P 500?

    Where can I find the P/E ratios for the Dow and S&P 500?

    When it comes to valuing stocks, the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is one of the oldest and most frequently used metrics. ...
  24. Take Control With Investing Absolutes

    Take Control With Investing Absolutes

    Uncover the three things most good stocks have in common: performance, profitability and value.
  25. What's the difference between absolute P/E ratio and relative P/E ratio?

    What's the difference between absolute P/E ratio and relative P/E ratio?

    The simple answer to this question is that absolute P/E, which is the most quoted of the two ratios, is the price of a stock ...
  26. Can a stock have a negative price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio?

    Can a stock have a negative price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio?

    Yes, a stock can have a negative price-to-earnings ratio (P/E), but it is very unlikely that you will ever see it reported. ...
  27. Stocks with high P/E ratios can be overpriced. Is a stock with a lower P/E always ...

    Stocks with high P/E ratios can be overpriced. Is a stock with a lower P/E always ...

    The short answer? No. The long answer? It depends.The price-to-earnings ratio (P/E ratio) is calculated as a stock's current ...
  28. Spotting Cash Cows

    Spotting Cash Cows

    We show you why some of these companies stand apart from the herd.
  29. Is maximizing stock price the same thing as maximizing profit?

    Is maximizing stock price the same thing as maximizing profit?

    Simply put: yes. A company's stock price will factor in many different variables including the type of industry the firm ...
  30. The Evolution Of Enterprise Risk Management

    The Evolution Of Enterprise Risk Management

    This growing sector can tell you a lot about the companies you are investing in.
  31. What number of shares determines adequate liquidity for a stock?

    What number of shares determines adequate liquidity for a stock?

    Liquidity refers to how easy it is to buy and sell shares without seeing a change in price. If, for example, you bought stock ...
  32. Blending Technical And Fundamental Analysis

    Blending Technical And Fundamental Analysis

    Find out how you can combine the best of both strategies to better understand the markets.
  33. What is the difference between fundamental and technical analysis?

    What is the difference between fundamental and technical analysis?

    These terms refer to two different stock-picking methodologies used for researching and forecasting the future growth trends ...
  34. Is it possible for a company to have a positive cash flow and a negative net income?

    Is it possible for a company to have a positive cash flow and a negative net income?

    This situation may seem a bit counter-intuitive at first, but it is actually quite common and not too difficult to understand. ...
  35. How do you determine a company's percentage of credit sales?

    How do you determine a company's percentage of credit sales?

    First, we should establish the fact that, depending on the industry, most companies' sales are sold with terms of payment ...
  36. Executive Compensation: How Much Is Too Much?

    Executive Compensation: How Much Is Too Much?

    The proxy statement can help determine whether a CEO is well compensated - or just overpaid.
  37. The P/E Ratio: A Good Market-Timing Indicator

    The P/E Ratio: A Good Market-Timing Indicator

    Check out the returns this newer technical analysis tool would've yielded over the period from 1920 to 2003.
  38. What is the best method of analysis for forex trading?

    What is the best method of analysis for forex trading?

    Types Of Analysis Used In ForexForex analysis is used by the retail forex day trader to determine whether to buy or sell ...
  39. Uncovering Hidden Debt

    Uncovering Hidden Debt

    Understand how financing through operating leases, synthetic leases, and securitizations affects companies' image of performance. ...
  40. Debt Ratios

    Debt Ratios

    Learn about the debt ratio, debt-equity ratio, capitalization ratio, interest coverage ratio and the cash flow to debt ratio. ...
  41. Profitability Indicator Ratios

    Profitability Indicator Ratios

    Learn about profit margin analysis, effective tax rate, return on assets, return on equity and return on capital employed. ...
  42. Cash Flow Indicator Ratios

    Cash Flow Indicator Ratios

    Learn about the operating cash flow to sales ratio, free cash flow to operating cash flow ratio and free cash flow coverage ...
  43. Introduction To Fundamental Analysis

    Introduction To Fundamental Analysis

    Learn this easy-to-understand technique of analyzing a company's financial statements and reports.
  44. Investment Valuation Ratios

    Investment Valuation Ratios

    Learn about per share data, price/book value ratio, price/cash flow ratio, price/earnings ratio, price/sales ratio, dividend ...
  45. Understanding The P/E Ratio

    Understanding The P/E Ratio

    Learn what the price/earnings ratio really means and how you should use it to value companies.
  46. Scoring Fund Investment Quality

    Scoring Fund Investment Quality

    Learn some background on mutual funds and what factors can be used to assess their investment quality.
  47. Measuring a Fund's Risk and Return

    Measuring a Fund's Risk and Return

    Learn the importance of the risk-return relationship in selecting a mutual fund.
  48. Market Strength Tutorial

    Market Strength Tutorial

    Here you can learn about some of the indicators that traders and brokers use to determine the direction and strength of the ...
  49. Reading Financial Tables Tutorial

    Reading Financial Tables Tutorial

    Learn about six common types of financial tables and figure out how to interpret them.
  50. Fund Performance Metrics

    Fund Performance Metrics

    With mutual funds, it is crucial to look at all components of investment quality and not performance alone.
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