The stock market have been very generous towards investors during the recent years and the S&P 500 index is at its highest levels now. Unfortunately, good past returns do not guarantee good future returns and some market analysts, economists, and investors have started to worry about the yield curve movements.
Rogue Trader is a story of a guy who caused a collapse of the world’s second-oldest bank in 1995. 20 years have passed since the film’s release so we’re a bit late for a review but we feel that it’s an important movie to remember because it’s underappreciated and misunderstood.
For many years, the majority of economists based their financial theories on a few basic assumptions: all market participants are perfectly rational (investors aren’t emotional at all), and they are also free from any biases or information processing errors. The real-life and practical economy showed that these assumptions don’t work in many cases and people tend to behave irrationally from time to time.
Alpha (α) and beta (β) are two crucial coefficients that are used for measurement of success of a particular portfolio. Beta represents the volatility of a particular asset (or the whole portfolio) versus the volatility of the benchmark. In this article, we’ll explain what beta is and give a few simple examples to demonstrate how it can be used.
There are two main groups of market participants: institutional and retail investors. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of market participants aren’t small and independent individuals but large institutional investors who manage massive capital. In this article, we’ll explain the difference between institutional and retail investors with some examples.
There are two main types of stocks on the public market: common and preferred. Why do we need to have two distinct types of shares and what’s the difference between them? In this article, we’ll take a look at these two types of stocks (shares) to figure out which one would be a better choice for an investor.
We all used to recognize companies by their names but there are many other ways to identify a particular company. Every company needs a so-called “ticker symbol” in order to be tradable on a stock exchange. Apple Inc, an American IT giant is also known as “NASDAQ: AAPL” and Nestle SA, a Swiss conglomerate, is known as “SWX: NESN”.
Alpha (α) coefficient in investing is used for measurement of the success of a particular portfolio. Along with beta, the alpha coefficient helps portfolio managers to determine how certain picked assets performed against the market average. In this article, we’ll explain how to use alpha and why is it important for investors.
Stock market technical analysis has many tools, techniques, and indicators that are used for price forecasting but one of them is particularly important: the concept of support and resistance levels. In this article we’ll explain how are those support and resistance levels supposed to work and how can you find them and why are they important.
Traders use many strategies to minimize their risks and maximize their returns, but one of them is particularly common and useful: it’s the 1% risk rule. In this article, we’ll break down this simple yet effective risk management strategy and show how a portfolio manager can use it in his daily financial operations.
Liquidity is a core concept in finance, capital management, and business and that’s why this term is often used in media by portfolio managers, market analysts, and various economists. Although this term is very popular, it’s not that easy for an outsider to understand what it means.
The Quick Ratio is one of the most basic liquidity ratios used in the company’s analysis. Some accountants call it the acid-test ratio or the working capital ratio. The Quick Ratio is easy to calculate and it has some advantages over similar ratios like the current ratio.
Return on Assets (ROA) is one of the key fundamental indicators used by financial analysts. ROA can give you a lot of hints on what’s going on with a particular company and how effective it’s managed. In this article, we’ll explain what ROA is with some simple examples, and show how this financial ratio can be used in the analysis of a business' profitability.
In fundamental analysis, the current ratio plays an important role by expressing the liquidity of the firm in just one number. This is a basic financial indicator in accounting which is easy to calculate. Today we’ll have a look at this ratio and explain how it can be useful for an investor.
Market capitalization refers to the valuation of a certain company derived from the market value of its shares. It’s a simple, yet important metric in financial analysis that many investors look at regularly. Market capitalization in finance is often shortened to market cap.
There are plenty of useful market indicators which attract the attention of many investors and one of the most popular indicators is price to earnings (P/E) ratio. It shows the relation between the current market price of a security and its earnings per share (EPS).
Time horizon measures an expected holding length of your investments and this term is often mentioned in relation to an investment strategy, meaning that a particular strategy (approach) can prefer a certain holding length. Some strategies, such as “buy and hold”, have a long time horizon, contrary to the day trading strategies which have an extremely short time horizon and, of course, there are many strategies in between.
Volatility of a security or an index means the magnitude of changes in its value (price) over time. In more scientific terms, it can be called ‘dispersion’. High volatility usually indicates higher potential returns because investors can make more money with each deal but, at the same time, it implies higher risks because the direction of future price changes is unknown.
A lot of people have a misconception about the amount of capital required to start investing and they think that only the rich people can be investors and traders. Actually you can create a new real investment portfolio with a relatively small sum of money.
There are a lot of ‘animal’ slang words in finance and there are many reasons for that. One of those reasons is that investors are animals too and sometimes they behave in the irrational, herd-ish ways. Today we’ll take a look at two of the most famous ‘animal’ terms in finance: a bull and a bear market.
Diversification has been an extremely popular term in finance and investing for many years. Almost any article, video or a book about personal finance or investing mentions diversification at some point. Why the idea of allocating your capital in various assets is that popular?
In general, a portfolio is just an organized collection of data created to serve a certain purpose. This beautiful word appeared in the English language in the 18th century and it was an adaptation of a much older Italian word ‘portafoglio’ (porto folio, port folio) which means ‘to carry’ something.