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Key Financial Ratios for High-Powered Investing

Financial ratios, or accounting ratios, provide investors with a way of analyzing information in order to evaluate the financial health of a corporation. The values used when calculating ratios come from [more…]

Essential Economic Reports for High-Powered Investors

To be a serious investor, you have to do some serious research. A key part of your investment research involves economic reports. Following are just some of the economic reports you should peruse regularly [more…]

Financial Risk Variables: The Greeks in High-Powered Investing

When you trade options, you need to understand the Greeks. So-called because the most common of these tools are represented by Greek letters, the Greeks provide investors with a way to calculate risks [more…]

Keeping Solvent with a Few Futures and Options Trading Rules

Follow this list of trading rules to maximize your chances of being a successful — and long-lasting — futures and options trader: [more…]

Important Investment Vehicles for Commodities

The commodities markets are wide and deep, giving you a number of investment vehicles to choose from. Here are a few important commodities options to consider: [more…]

How to Avoid Common Forex Trading Mistakes

No matter how long you’ve been trading on foreign exchange (forex) markets, you’re bound to experience lapses in trading discipline, whether they’re brought on by unusual market developments or emotional [more…]

Debunking Common Myths about Hedge Funds

Before you invest your money in a big and glamorous hedge fund, a little skepticism is in order. The following myths are the ones you’re most likely to hear. [more…]

Checking Out Currency Categories

Money is a medium of exchange. It’s just a tool that people use to exchange their labor for the things they want and need. If you have only euros and you want to buy something priced in rubles, you have [more…]

The Master of Value Investing: Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett has turned his steady devotion to value investing principles into some $53.5 billion in net worth. One of the wealthiest people in the world, Buffett is clearly the king of value investing [more…]

Hallmarks of a Socially Responsible Corporation

Social investors expect a company to sell its product or service fairly and accurately, and they want the company to respect every person who gets that product to market, including vendors, customers, [more…]

Why You Must Make Your Crowdfund Investment in Cash

When you’re ready to invest in a crowdfund campaign, you must do so in cash. Just as you can’t use a credit card to buy public stock on an online brokerage account, you aren’t allowed to use a credit card [more…]

Tried, True, and Simple Technical Rules for Investment Trading

Many professional traders make a living by applying the same simple indicators and the same simple rules, over and over again, on the same small set of securities. “It can’t be that easy!” you think. But [more…]

Defining Key Futures and Options Terms

If you plan to trade futures, you need to know what certain terms mean. Key terms in futures and options trading include the following financial words and phrases: [more…]

High-Powered Investing All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

One key to successfully expanding your investment opportunities is gathering the information you need to make sound investment decisions. Another key is being able to analyze financial information so that [more…]

Who Invests Responsibly and Why

Social investing is big business. It's estimated that 10 to 12 percent of all professionally managed investments in the United States come with social restrictions of some sort. These restrictions can [more…]

The Various Ways to Invest Responsibly

Some social investors want to change the world. Other social investors want to make their own neighborhood safer. The following sections go into more detail on different reasons people have for investing [more…]

How to Monitor and Influence Your Investments

After social investors identify their investment criteria — what they look for in terms of risk, returns, and value-alignment — they can start looking for the investment vehicle that aligns with those [more…]

Socially Responsible Investing: Evaluate How a Company Makes Its Money

In theory, a business has no purpose other than to maximize shareholder value. In practice, many companies can maximize shareholder value while also behaving responsibly. If you want to be a socially responsible [more…]

Socially Responsible Investing: The Balance of Shareholder and Stakeholder Needs

A business can't be socially responsible unless it can make the business case that being socially responsible is good for the bottom line. Legally, corporations are managed for the benefit of their shareholders [more…]

Socially Responsible Investing: Heading Off Principal-Agent Problems

Socially responsible investors want to invest in companies that reflect their values. As owners, they want the managers who work for them to behave in responsible ways. But managers, being human beings [more…]

Reading a Company's Proxy as a Socially Responsible Investor

Each year, companies send their shareholders statements of issues for them to vote on. Proxies are important sources of information to consult before you invest, with specific things you'll want to look [more…]

Reading a Company's Prospectuses as a Socially Responsible Investor

Whenever a company issues a significant amount of new securities, it has to issue a prospectus. A prospectus looks a lot like a 10K report, but has even more information about the history of the business [more…]

What to Research before Investing in a Company

A company's annual report and the proxy tell you the general state of the company at the end of the last fiscal year, and as a potential investor you should pour over both of them carefully. But a lot [more…]

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