Your Ultimate List Of Financial Statement Definitions Part 2 of 2

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Profitability 1. Gross Margin Definition Gross Margin is the percentage of Gross Profit out of sales or Revenue. Gross Margin (A: Dec. 2013 ) = Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2013 ) / Revenue (A: Dec. 2013 ) = (Revenue – Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = (204.71 – 40.471) / 204.71 = 164.2 / 204.71 = 80.23 % A positive Gross Profit is only the first step for a company to make …

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Your Ultimate List Of Financial Statement Definitions Part 1 of 2

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Financial Statements Consists of Balance Sheet -What a company owns, what it owes & what is left over Income Statement -Sales and Expenses, Profit or Loss Cash flow Statement -Sources, uses and balance of Cash Fundamentals   1.Earnings Per Share (EPS) Definition Earnings Per Share (EPS) is the amount of earnings per outstanding share of the companys stock. In calculating earnings per share, the dividends of preferred stocks need to subtracted …

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Using PESTLE Analysis to Help Analyse the Business

Hi Friends, In my last post, I shared a framework by Michael Porter – 5 Forces and how we may use it to analyze the business environment. These qualitative analysis methods have been the more difficult part of investing and using business frameworks does help us look at it in a systematic manner. This week, I would like to continue the conversation and share another model that I learnt in …

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Using Porter’s Five Forces to Help Analyse the Business Environment

Hi Friends, In analyzing a business, the quantitative portion is much simpler than the qualitative portion as it is much more subjective. A way to help guide us in understanding a business is to use business frameworks. Today, I would like to share one of these frameworks that is taught in Business School which I feel could help us. #1: Porter’s Five Forces Porter’s Five Forces of Competitive Position Analysis …

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4 Market Strategies Part 1

Hi friends, Just 3 weeks back, we were invited to speak at the National’s Achiever’s Congress 2014 in Malaysia and a journalist there interviewed me based on what I have shared on the stage on 4 different market strategies. I would like to share for the next few posts on the strategies that I shared with him and hope you can benefit from it too.   “Being known as a …

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Philip Fisher’s Fifteen Points to Look for in a Common Stock – Part 1 of 3


Hi Investors , We would like to share it with you Philip Fisher’s , The Investment Secrets in Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits ,fifteen things that a successful investor should look for in his or her common stock investments. About Philip Fisher ( 1907- 2004) Greatest investments minds in history Developed a buy-and-hold value and growth model for investments Wrote several books one of which is watershed Common Stocks and Uncommon …

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Dear friends, You may or may not be familiar with this term, “Margin of Safety”. The idea is that in investments, there is no guaranteed returns of precise calculation of valuation. Thus, we always need to be prudent and be conservative. Now, I may linking this to the using of Margin or Leverage because I have heard from friends who have picked up an investment skill or two and started …

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Valuation Method – Earnings Power Value (SATS as Case Study)

Dear friends, Today, I would like to share a valuation method known as the Earnings Power Value popularised by Professor Bruce Greenwald from Columbia University. Columba University, by the way, in some sense is where Value Investing was given birth to when Profession Benjamin Graham and David Dodd started formulating and teaching the ideas there. As no valuation method is perfect, Prof Bruce Greenwald prefer to look at a company’s current …

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Using Net Margin as a Warning Sign

Hi friends, in this post, I would like to share with a financial sign which will alert me to avoid investing in particular stocks. Net Margin From investopedia, “Net Margin is the ratio of net profits to revenues for a company or business segment – typically expressed as a percentage – that shows how much of each dollar earned by the company is translated into profits. Net margins can generally …

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Analysing Financial Statements Equity (6 of 6)


Hi We have come to our last article Analysing Financial Statements. Today we will be looking Equity. A simple definition of equity would be the value of the asset after the liabilities or debts have been paid. Equity can also be the stock you own in the business. This is called shareholders’ equity. These stocks represent an ownership in a business. It is the measure of the company’s net worth. A …

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