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  1. How Inflation Affects Your Cash Savings

    Prices tend to rise over time and this inflation can cut into the value of your savings. Here are some ways you can manage ...
  2. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Mexico's GDP

    Examining the gross domestic product growth and composition of Mexico, the second largest economy in Latin America
  3. What Causes Inflation in the United States

    Inflation is the main catalyst behind U.S monetary policy. But what causes this phenomenon of sustained rising prices? Read ...
  4. Why do Debt to Equity Ratios Vary From Industry to Industry?

    Obtain a better understanding of the debt/equity ratio, and learn why this fundamental financial metric varies significantly ...
  5. Emerging Markets: Analyzing India's GDP

    With a shift towards manufacturing and services, India could be the next emerging market superstar. Here, we provide a detailed ...
  6. How Original Series Disrupt the TV Business Model

    Two decades ago, a network could make a decent profit airing "Full House" reruns. Now viewers expect CGI dragons, A-list ...
  7. A Day in the Life of an Equity Research Analyst

    What does an equity research analyst do on an everyday basis?
  8. How To Calculate Minority Interest

    Minority interest calculations require the use of minority shareholders’ percentage ownership of a subsidiary, after controlling ...
  9. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Retail Banks

    Learn about key financial metrics that investors use to evaluate retail banks, and how the industry is fundamentally different ...
  10. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Airline Companies

    Examine some of the most important financial ratios and performance metrics investors use to evaluate companies in the airline ...
  11. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze the Mining Industry

    Discover some the most important financial ratios used by investors and analysts to evaluate companies in the metals and ...
  12. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze the Hospitality Industry

    Understand the hospitality industry and the types of companies that operate within it. Learn about key financial ratios used ...
  13. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Tech Companies

    Understand the technology industry and the companies that operate in it. Learn about the key financial ratios used to analyze ...
  14. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Palantir Worth?

    Learn about the private company Palantir, its valuation and how its valuation was derived. Understand how the company operates ...
  15. How AQR Places Bets Against Beta

    Learn how the bet against beta strategy is used by a large hedge fund to profit from a pricing anomaly in the stock market ...
  16. 3 Stocks Near Their 52-Week Lows Worth Buying

    Discover some stocks that are currently trading near their 52-week lows, which may be undervalued and offer a good buying ...
  17. Watch Airline Stocks For Takeoff Potential (AAL, DAL)

    Airline stocks have taken a hit but they show potential for takeoff as a result of low fuel prices, reduced competition and ...
  18. What Are Co-signers Liable & Responsible For?

    Contractually, co-signers are just as responsible for the loan as the person actually borrowing the money. Be careful not ...
  19. 3 Companies That Hate Debt Financing (CMG, BBBY)

    Learn how companies such as Chipotle, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Paychex are able to maintain impressive levels of growth ...
  20. Avoid These 3 Value Trap Stocks

    Investors are wise to do their homework and avoid the following companies that might be value traps.
  21. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze The Healthcare Industry

    Examine the health care sector and learn about significant financial ratios used by investors and analysts to evaluate health ...
  22. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze The Automotive Industry

    Learn about the most critically important financial ratios investors and market analysts utilize to evaluate companies in ...
  23. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Oil Companies

    Learn about key financial ratios investors will want to use when analyzing oil companies, and what these ratios say about ...
  24. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Biotech Companies (AMGN, GILD)

    Explore the rapidly growing biotechnology industry, and learn some of the key financial ratios investors use to analyze companies ...
  25. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Uber Worth? (FB, GOOG)

    Learn about the private company Uber and how it has found so much success since 2010. Understand the valuation of the company ...
  26. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Xiaomi Worth?

    Learn about the private company Xiaomi, its business model and the success it found recently. Understand the company's most ...
  27. The Economics of FanDuel

    Part of fantasy sports’ success lies in one-day and week-long contests serving as an alternative to season-long games. FanDuel, ...
  28. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Investment Banks

    Find out which financial ratios are most useful when analyzing an investment bank, and why tracking capital efficiency is ...
  29. An Inside Look at Pinterest's Business Model

    Learn about Pinterest and the type of company it is trying to become. Understand the company's business model and what makes ...
  30. The Future Outlook of the Golf Industry

    The popularity of golf peaked in 2003. To regain popularity and survive, the industry is adapting to appeal to a younger ...
  31. JC Penney Recovers from Marketing Missteps (JCP, M)

    An analysis of how JC Penney's misguided marketing strategies caused its stock to fall from $80 to $8 per share.
  32. Invest in Costco? First Understand Its Balance Sheet

    A strong balance sheet sets a company apart and boosts investor confidence. How healthy is Costco based on an analysis of ...
  33. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Thailand's GDP

    Understanding the economic composition of Thailand, a vibrant South-Asian nation.
  34. Is It too Late to Get into the Netflix Frenzy? (NFLX, GOOG)

    Explore the current state of Netflix and the question of whether its sharp rise in share price over a two-year period means ...
  35. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Snapchat Worth? (NYSE: TWTR)

    Learn about Snapchat's multibillion dollar valuation and how it is part of a new breed of private companies known as unicorns ...
  36. Financial Ratios to Spot Companies Headed for Bankruptcy

    Obtain information about specific financial ratios investors should monitor to get early warnings about companies potentially ...
  37. Make Room for Exelixis in Your Portfolio

    Discover information and analysis on the biopharmaceutical company, Exelixis, and learn what makes it a good stock to consider ...
  38. What China Devaluing its Currency Means to Investors

    The Chinese government is showing its craftiness in managing its money supply, but will it make a difference? And what does ...
  39. Goodwill Impairment Test: Understand the Basics

    Overpaying for acquisitions can result in goodwill impairment charges and loss in stock value. How do companies test whether ...
  40. How To Analyze Netflix's Balance Sheet (NFLX, GOOG)

    Understand how to assess Netflix's performance based on the major components of its balance sheet.
  41. How to Tell if Your Broker is Churning Your Account

    Is your broker churning your account to generate fees? Here's how to know and what recourse you have.
  42. Burger King and Tim Hortons Form Restaurant Brands International

    In August 2014, 3G Capital announced that it was merging Burger King with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons to form Restaurant ...
  43. How Macau Became A Mecca For High Rolling Gamblers

    Macau has given Las Vegas casinos a run for their money, but what's behind the scenes? Here's an overview of Macau's gambling ...
  44. Apple’s Key Weaknesses

    While it seems that Apple is at the top of its game, several weaknesses have emerged that the company needs to address if ...
  45. 7 Companies That Pose a Threat to Apple

    Samsung, Dell, Google and many others are chewing away at markets that Apple helped define.
  46. Value or Growth Stocks: Which is Best?

    The answer to the age-old growth versus value debate depends on a number of factors. Here's what to consider.
  47. Do Fast Food Franchises Mean Fast Returns?

    We look at what it takes to own a fast food franchise: the entry costs, profit potentials, challenges, and sustainability.
  48. Which US Airlines Are Poised For Long-Term Gains? (AAL, DAL)

    The US airline industry has undergone a dramatic transformation since the last bear market, with one or two carriers likely ...
  49. Are Tech Startups Overvalued?

    Tech companies with billion dollar valuations are mushrooming and the NASDAQ index passed 5,000. Is there an app to tell ...
  50. Why Shareholders Should Vote Their Proxy

    Voting shares, in person or via proxy ballot, is a right every shareholder should exercise. Here's why.
  51. BP Settlement Makes It a Takeover Target (BP.L, BP)

    BP's reduced legal risks make it an attractive asset due to its continued low valuation relative to peers.
  52. My Mini-IPO: The Reality of Equity Crowdfunding

    Regulation A+, part of Title IV of the JOBS Act, has made equity crowdfunding a reality in the U.S. What does that mean for ...
  53. Home Depot Vs. Lowes: The Home Improvement Battle

    Home Depot and Lowe's are both giants of the home improvement sector. But how do they compare to one-another?
  54. How To Make Money Using Tobin's Q Ratio

    Although it seems simple, Tobin's Q Ratio is more complex than it appears. We explore some of its main strengths and weaknesses.
  55. Costco’s Business Model Is Smarter Than You Think

    Why is Costco so successful? What differentiates the company from its competitors and why is its profit so small compared ...
  56. The Biotech Bubble: Is it Over? (IBB, BIB)

    The recent biotech rally has richly rewarded many investors. So will the fortunes be soon swept away?
  57. Is ESPN a Sport Monopoly?

    With such a dominant presence in sports as demonstrated through substantial ratings and a firm online presence, some may ...
  58. The Financial Fiasco of the 2022 Qatar World Cup

    Learn about the high price tag for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, along with allegations of human rights abuses and bribery ...
  59. Are Fast-Casual Restaurants Overvalued?

    Can fast-casual restaurants actually grow to the levels that investors believe they can?
  60. The Business Model Of Private Prisons

    How does the business model of private prisons work?
  61. Investors: Time to Buy Into The Gap?

    The Gap is closing stores and conducting layoffs. Will investor panic lead to opportunity?
  62. Investing in Water: Risks to Consider (ITRI, FLS, WTR, PHO)

    Investing in water should be a lock. But water is volatile and could see as many risks as potential rewards.
  63. 5 Great Stocks You Didn't Know Existed

    If you're looking for new investment opportunities, check out these five stocks that tend to fly under the radar of popular ...
  64. 10 Ways to Improve Cash Flow

    Cash flow is king. Here are a few ways to fatten it up.
  65. 10 Ways to Improve Cash Flow in Manufacturing

    Here are 10 ways to to improve a manufacturer's cash flow.
  66. Should Netflix Consider Commercials And Ads?

    Understand why Netflix does not currently support commercials or ads on its streaming site, and learn how it could benefit ...
  67. Grocery Wars: Who Will Win in 5 Years?

    Grocery stores have been slowly transitioning to become the kind of grocery stores that Millennials want and need.
  68. The Importance Of LIBOR In Financial Markets

    What is LIBOR and why are its interest rates so important to the financial markets?
  69. Will J.C. Penney Ever Recover?

    After a series of drastic missteps, J.C. Penney may finally be making a turnaround.
  70. Which is the Better Bet: Amazon or eBay?

    Amazon and eBay are solid ecommerce companies, but the former is more innovative and diversified. Plus, a third is about ...
  71. Why Do Companies Choose NASDAQ for Their IPO?

    The NYSE is known for its prestige so why do some companies opt to list on the NASDAQ instead?
  72. Is a Stock's Trade Volume Important?

    Stock volume is easy to calculate but understanding its importance is a little more involved. Take the time because it's ...
  73. Why Zynga's Stock Should Be On Your Radar (ZNGA, FB)

    Take a closer look at game developer, Zynga, and the reasons why the company's stock may be attractive to investors at the ...
  74. Top Sports Stocks to Play

    Want to play some sports stocks? Here's a handful of known names to consider.
  75. Understanding Periodic Vs. Perpetual Inventory

    An overview of the two primary inventory accounting systems.
  76. When & Why Should a Company Use LIFO

    By using LIFO (last in, first out) when prices are rising, companies reduce their taxes and also better match revenues to ...
  77. Online Gaming Industry Stocks

    A look at some of the top stocks in the online gaming industry.
  78. The Importance Of Analyzing Accounts Receivable

    While investors often focus on revenues, net income, and earnings per share, they should not overlook the importance of analyzing ...
  79. Understanding Lululemon's Business Model

    Lululemon has succeeded in marketing more than just fitness apparel. The company has strategies for continued growth, but ...
  80. eBay Vs. Amazon Business Model

    For sellers looking to unload grandma’s things, the decision to go online is easy, but, they still must choose which site ...
  81. Invest in Cancer Research with These 3 Stocks

    These cancer research stocks offer both a high ceiling and the potential to save lives.
  82. How Lean Six Sigma Works

    Based on both lean management and Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma helps companies create a management system that promotes perfection ...
  83. Key Financial Ratios for Pharma Stock Investing

    Analysts simplify the business of investing in pharma by studying key financial ratios and metrics. Know these metrics before ...
  84. Distinguish A Stock Price Correction With A Price Trend

    We explain how you can use trend lines to help avoid market corrections.
  85. How To Calculate Beta Of A Private Company

    We explain two methods for calculating the beta of a private company.
  86. Free Cash Flow vs EBITDA: Which Should You Analyze?

    FCF and EBITDA are two ways of looking at the earnings of a business. EBITDA might be better for comparison purposes, while ...
  87. Key Financial Ratios For The Retail Industry

    The retail industry is measured on sales growth in existing store, forecasted based on foot traffic and ticket data, and ...
  88. American Airlines & US Airways Merger: It Matters!

    While the two airlines' merger creates a new giant in the industry and reduces choice for consumers and employees, investors ...
  89. Why Last In First Out (LIFO) Is Banned Under IFRS (XOM)

    We explain why Last-In-First-Out is banned under IFRS
  90. iPhone: Apple's Strength and Weakness

    Most Apple investors feel good about the company's future. Here's what they're missing.
  91. Top Travel Industry Stocks in 2015

    These three travel-related companies are growing their businesses on both the top and bottom lines. Here's why.
  92. How Much Would Buying A Local Restaurant Cost?

    Here are key factors to consider, and helpful formulas to use, to assess how much a local restaurant would likely be sold ...
  93. Should You Invest in eBay or PayPal?

    eBay hasn't spun-off PayPal justyet, but when that day comes (and thereafter), should you choose eBay or PayPal?
  94. 5 Smart Tips For Children's Financial Literacy

    Help your children learn to be financially literate with these strategies. Financial savvy begins with what they learn from ...
  95. 10 Broker Deals That Pay You To Open An Account

    Open an account with one of these brokers and you will get a bonus. Just be sure it's the right account for your needs.
  96. Difference between private and public equity

    What is the better way for a company to attract investors; by making its stock available for sale to whoever wants some, ...
  97. Interested In Pharmaceutical Stocks? Try Novartis (ADR)

    Novartis AG, is the world's leading pharmaceutical company by sales. Here is a closer look at Novartis, and how its financials ...
  98. Valuation Models: Apple's Stock Analysis With CAPM

    Despite several drawbacks, the CAPM gives an overview of the level of return that investors should expect for bearing only ...
  99. Examples To Understand The Binomial Option Pricing Model

    Binomial option pricing model, based on risk neutral valuation, offers a unique alternative to Black-Scholes. Here are detailed ...
  100. The Pros and Cons of a Weak Euro

    The lingering Eurozone crisis has caused the euro to decline against the U.S. dollar. Who are the real winners and losers ...
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