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. Company Insights

    Conglomerates: Cash Cows or Corporate Chaos?

    Huge companies may not be as infallible as previously assumed. Find out why bigger isn't always better.
  2. Financial Analysis

    Understanding Rights Issues

    It's important to know why a company is offering a rights issue, what the capital will be used for, and the options available ...
  3. Investing Strategy

    Operating Leverage Captures Relationships

    Find out how fixed and variable costs interact to shed new light on old companies.
  4. Investing Strategy

    What Investors Should Know About Interest Rates

    Understanding interest rates helps you answer the fundamental question of where to put your money. Learn about the relationship ...
  5. Investing Strategy

    Here's How Relative Valuation Can Be a Trap

    Valuing a company through relative valuation to identify low-priced companies with strong fundamentals can make for deceiving ...
  6. Financial Analysis

    How ROA and ROE give clear picture of corporate health

    Both measure performance, but sometimes they tell a very different story. This is why they’re best used together.
  7. Financial Analysis

    EBITDA: A clear look

    This measure has its benefits, but it can also present earnings through rose-colored glasses.
  8. Financial Analysis

    Spotting companies in financial distress

    What are the warning signs that a company is struggling – or worse, sinking – financially? Read on to find out.
  9. Financial Analysis

    Measuring Company Efficiency

    Three useful indicators for measuring a retail company's efficiency are its inventory turnaround times, its receivables and ...
  10. Financial Analysis

    Using The Price-To-Book Ratio To Evaluate Companies

    The Price-To-Book (P/B) ratio can be an easy way to determine a company's value, but it isn't magic!
  11. Investing

    Can You Count on Goodwill?

    Carefully examine goodwill and its sources before considering the value of your investment.
  12. 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 ...
  13. Markets & Economy

    Earnings Forecasts: A Primer

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

    How to use insider and institutional ownership

    Learn why insider and institution stock ownership reveal much information about the stock. Understand what to consider when ...
  15. 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 ...
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