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Don't Stop at Reported Earnings: Forensic Accounting Tips for Converting GAAP Data

David Trainer
Fri Apr 11, 2014 02:07 EST

It's important to protect your portfolio from blowups. And for that, there's no substitute for our unrivaled diligence. Reported earnings don't tell the whole story of a company's profits. They're based on accounting rules originally designed for debt investors, not equity investors, and are manipulated by companies to manage earnings.  Below I detail all the red flags and hidden items buried deeply in SEC disclosures that can be .....

Impact Investing: Three Ways for Advisors to Remain Strategic

Chat Reynders
Mon Apr 07, 2014 03:41 EST

Investors often view socially responsible investing ("SRI") strategies as falling short when it comes to returns, or as a simple buzz phrase that has permeated the industry. Investing with social significance, however, has evolved quite a bit to become not just a way to screen out companies based on moral objections, but to screen in companies that are profitable and .....

Playing the Game of Economic Survivor: How to Invest in Today's Global Environment

Vitaliy Katsenelson, Institutional Investor
Thu Apr 03, 2014 08:57 EST

I don't do writing assignments. I don't like deadlines. I'm not a writer -- I'm an investor who thinks through his writing. So when I was asked to write on the future of investing, my instinct was to politely decline. But the topic did seem intriguing, so I decided to give it a try. It's easy to get depressed about the .....

10 Questions About Investing in Stocks That Every Beginner Asks

Stephanie Taylor Christensen
Tue Apr 01, 2014 02:07 EST

Curious about investing in the stock market but still confused by its strange terms and conflicting headlines and advice? Here's the straight talk on 10 common questions novice investors usually ask. 1. Is there factual evidence that I'll make money buying stocks? According to Standard & Poor's data, total annualized return of stocks from 1926 through 2013 was 9.9%. With the .....

Finance and Trading Terms Explained: What Is Contango?

Josh Wolonick
Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:08 EST

Even professional traders and investors can't always speak the language of colleagues working in a different segment of the financial world. With that in mind, we're launching a new weekly column looking at one esoteric or potentially misunderstood finance or trading term every week. We're kicking off with the weirdly wonderful word "contango," a term most often used by commodities .....
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