One of the most important aspects of any analyst’s job is financial modeling. Different investment firms will use models differently—some might not even use them at all—and the aspects of models that are considered important will vary from firm to firm. But every firm... read more
If you meet someone who doesn’t invest in the stock market, ask them: why not? You’ll usually get the same response: it’s too risky. Ironically, many of these people tend to put most of their nest egg in one asset that tends to depreciate over time: their home. Such a... read more
This month is starting off with some interesting macroeconomic data. Let’s start with jobs. Nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 although expectations were for 180,000. That is also a 45% drop from the previous month. While there is some seasonality in jobs, that is a... read more
Often an overlooked sector among institutional investors, and often adored by retail investors, these stocks tend to be extremely volatile and offer a poor risk-reward profile due to their structural opacity, high management costs, and macroeconomic exposure. These... read more
Once leaving internships and entering the real world of professional finance, one thing many analysts quickly realize is the appeal of boring. Asset managers, for instance, will often recommend boring stocks as long-term holds with a conservative strategy to avoid... read more
Nimble Storage (NMBL) shot up in after-hours trading after a 21% year-over-year revenue growth and gross margins remaining strong at 67%. The company is still losing money—its trailing twelve month EPS is -$1.65, but that hasn’t stopped investors from jumping into... read more
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