Ben McClure

Ben McClure is a long-time contributor to Investopedia.com. A specialist in preparing early stage technology ventures for investment and the marketplace, Ben manages the Business Incubator at the University of Malta. Ben was a highly-rated European equities analyst at London-based Old Mutual Securities, and led new venture development at TEC Edmonton, a major technology commercialization consulting group in Canada. He started his career as writer/analyst at the Economist Group. Mr. McClure graduated from the University of Alberta's School of Business with an MBA. Ben's hard and fast investing philosophy is that the herd is always wrong, but heck, if it pays, there's nothing wrong with being a sheep. Ben lives in Kalkara, a stunning harbour village in the south of Malta, a teeny, tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

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  1. Investing

    Can You Count on Goodwill?

    Carefully examine goodwill and its sources before considering the value of your investment.
  2. Investing Strategy

    When Insiders Buy, Should Investors Join Them?

    Insider trading activity can inform your investment strategy, but it requires research and a level head. Here's what to look ...
  3. Markets & Economy

    Earnings Forecasts: A Primer

    Learn how this key metric is calculated and how it is used to judge market performance.
  4. Investing Strategy

    How to watch insider and institution activities

    Learn why the transactions of insiders and institutions reveal much about a stock, and what to consider when making well-informed ...
  5. Investing Strategy

    How venture capitalists make investment choices

    In order to increase your odds for receiving funding as an entrepreneur or start-up business, here are some criteria considered ...
  6. Financial Analysis

    How to Analyze a Company's Financial Position

    Find out how to calculate important ratios and compare them to market value.
  7. Investing

    Beta: Know the Risk

    Beta says something about measuring price risk in stocks, but how much does it say about fundamental risk factors too?
  8. Stocks

    How Working Capital Works

    A firm's handling of working capital reflects its efficiency, financial strength and cash flow.
  9. Stocks

    Evaluate Stock Price With Reverse-Engineering DCF

    This is a more accurate method to use when trying to find a target price for a stock.
  10. Stocks

    Beware False Signals From the P/E Ratio

    The P/E ratio is a simple tool for evaluating a company, but it can also send false signals.
  11. High Net Worth Strategy

    Modern Portfolio Theory: Why It's Still Hip

    Investors still follow an old set of principles, known as modern portfolio theory (MPT), that reduce risk and increase returns ...
  12. High Net Worth Strategy

    A Guide To CEO Compensation

    Make sure you assess whether a CEO has a stake in doing a good job for you, the shareholder.
  13. Financial Analysis

    Digging Into The Dividend Discount Model

    The DDM is one of the most foundational of financial theories, but it's only as good as its assumptions.
  14. Financial Analysis

    Great Expectations: Forecasting Sales Growth

    Predicting sales growth can be something of a black art, unless you ask the right questions.
  15. Financial Analysis

    A Look At Corporate Profit Margins

    Take a deeper look at a company's profitability with the help of profit margin ratios.
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