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Understanding Alternatives

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Alternatives, also known as alternative investments, are assets that are not stocks, bonds or cash – in other words they are not traditional investment vehicles. The majority of alternative investments are made and held by institutional investors or accredited, high-net-worth individuals.

Widget Spotlight #12: Company Ratio Analysis

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The Financial Ratios analysis is the next step in understanding the company's historic performance and assess if the company fits your fundamental financial benchmarks.

Investing In Health Care

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If you are interested in investing in health care, you should know it’s a complicated sector with lots of moving parts, lots of potential and not a small amount of risk.

Rebalancing Your Portfolio

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If you are new to investing – or even if you’ve been at it for a while – the idea of rebalancing your portfolio probably isn’t a high priority.

Understanding And Using Price-Earnings Ratios

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The price-earnings ratio (P/E ratio) of a stock is arrived at by dividing the market value of a single share by the current (or expected future) earnings per share. Importantly, P/E ratio is one of the most used metrics for valuing a company (and its stock).

The Dumbing Down Of Smartphones

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Thanks to low-cost, low-end electronic devices, inexpensive data plans and simplistic apps that make McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE:MCDD) picture-bearing cash registers look downright complicated, newcomers to technology – those the industry calls the “next billion” will not send text messages.

Social Media And Investing

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The role of social media in investing has gone from “interesting additional info” to “critical data.” Investors can take a cue from several hedge funds that are using Twitter to glean information that can help them make money.

Inside The Balance Sheet

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Serious stock investors know they need at least a basic understanding of how to read a company’s financial statement including the balance sheet.

The Role Of Earnings In Share Price

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Earnings or “after-tax net income” are an important, some say ‘critical’ factor when it comes to share price. That’s because earnings are a barometer of whether a company is and will be successful, i.e., profitable.

Should You Pawn Your Portfolio?

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Loans backed by stocks and bonds are growing and Wall Street couldn’t be happier. As a potential borrower, should you be? As with almost all things financial, portfolio backed loans have both pros and cons for the investor seeking a loan.

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