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. Financial Analysis

    All About EVA

    Looking for a formula to determine whether a company is creating wealth? Time to learn all about economic value added.
  2. Financial Analysis

    How to Analyze a Company's Financial Position

    Find out how to calculate important ratios and compare them to market value.
  3. Financial Analysis

    How To Use Price-To-Sales Ratios To Value Stocks

    Take a look at how this effective ratio can be influenced by certain critical factors.
  4. Trading Strategy

    Trade Takeover Stocks With Merger Arbitrage

    This high-risk strategy attempts to profit from price discrepancies that arise during acquisitions.
  5. High Net Worth Strategy

    A Guide To CEO Compensation

    Learn everything you need to know, with our guide to CEO compensation.
  6. Health Insurance

    How To Do Qualitative Analysis On Biotech Firms

    It's almost impossible for the average investor to grasp the science that underlies biotech companies. Learn how investors ...
  7. 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.
  8. 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 ...
  9. Investing Strategy

    How Operating Leverage Can Impact a Business

    Operating leverage can tell you a lot about a company and its future profitability, and the level of risk it offers to investors. ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. Financial Analysis

    How ROA and ROE give a clear picture of corporate health

    Both return on equity (ROE) and return on assets (ROA) measure performance, but sometimes they tell a very different story. ...
  13. Financial Analysis

    EBITDA: A clear look

    EBITDA can be used to analyze and compare profitability between companies and industries, investors should understand that ...
  14. Financial Analysis

    Financial Ratios to Spot Companies In Financial Distress

    There are many warning signs that a company is in financial distress, learn how to spot the warning signs to protect yourself ...
  15. Financial Analysis

    Measuring Company Efficiency To Maximize Profits

    Efficiency ratios can provide indications of profitability, shows how efficiently a company is being managed, utilizes its ...
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