Fundamental Analysis

Some companies these days have so many branches it can be hard to keep track of how they are performing. That’s where Fundamental Analysis comes into play. Fundamental Analysis strips away all the extra investments and activities of a business, leaving you with the nucleus. The key to smart investing is to look at how … Read more

Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return

Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return, or NPV and IRR, are 2 sides of the same coin. They both answer the question “Is this investment worth it?” The answer of course is “it depends” and today we’re going to learn how to determine the best projects to invest in. What is Net Present … Read more

Discounted Cash Flow: Valuing a Business

The Discounted Cash Flow Model, or DCF for short, is one of the best ways to evaluate business performance. Cash flow is an essential part of any business, and with the Discounted Cash Flow model, investors are saying “show me the money!” This article covers the basics of DCF that every investor should know. Introduction … Read more

Time Value of Money

Would you rather have a million dollars today, or in 1 year from now? It might seem obvious that you would take the money today, but why? Isn’t a million dollars a million dollars? The amount of money doesn’t change, but the value, or what that money is worth changes slowly over time. This course … Read more

13 (Financial) Ratios

We delved into the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Now it’s time to put all these statements together and use financial ratios to analyze whether or not a business is a worthy investment. Going Deeper With Ratios OK, before we begin this final course, congratulations are in order. You’ve made it through … Read more

How to Read a Cash Flow Statement

Ever wonder how business is like country music? Well, in both cases, Cash is King. This course will show you how to read and analyze a cash flow statement…not country music. What’s a Cash Flow Statement? In country music, Johnny Cash is the undisputed master of songs about hurtin’ and healin’ and pullin’ on through. … Read more

Income Statement Example

The income statement summarizes a company’s revenues and expenses. Here’s an income statement example in order to measure a company’s health and the potential of its stock. What’s An Income Statement? To understand why an income statement is important, think of an internet startup that’s run out of the basement of the founder’s parents. Its … Read more

How to Read a Balance Sheet

A balance sheet is a snapshot of what the company owns and what the company owes. Being able to read and understand a balance sheet is a key component to doing investment research. What’s a Balance Sheet? And now for the bad news. From here on in, the material gets really, really dry. No more … Read more

How to Value a Business

Stocks aren’t just blips on a screen. They represent actual businesses, and you don’t know what you’re investing in until you learn how to value a business. The Recipe to Value a Business Here at Wall Street Survivor we like metaphors. We also like cake. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when you … Read more

Stock Market Bubbles

It’s a Trap! In 1996, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan made a speech about rising stock market bubbles in which he said: “But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to unexpected and prolonged contractions?” Those words, “irrational exuberance,” became Greenspan’s signature phrase. But what did he mean? “Irrational … Read more