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What is a Yield Curve Inversion—and Why It Matters

What is a Yield Curve Inversion—and Why It Matters

If you have been keeping up with the financial press, you have undoubtedly heard about the yield curve inversion. This somewhat technical sounding phenomenon is actually a very simple concept with profound implications for markets, which is why a solid understanding of what we’re talking about is essential for developing a view of future asset performance.

Your Quick Guide to Yields

Your Quick Guide to Yields

An important feature of many types of financial analysis is the yield. This term can have multiple specific meanings, but generally it means the income received on a principal. For instance, a fund that pays investors $3 every year per every $100 invested has a yield of 3%.

What is Liquidity and Why It Matters

What is Liquidity and Why It Matters

Liquidity is one of the most common metaphors used in finance, because it’s also the most important. To understand it, think about liquid: liquid flows easily from one place to another, and so if there is a channel for the liquid to go through (a pipe, a stream, a hose), it will go from Point A to Point B naturally and, well, fluidly.

Ratios in Equity Valuation

Ratios in Equity Valuation

Financial math is very easy; relying on algebra in most situations, and relying on more complex statistics for very specific and unusual situations, financiers find that the majority of the calculations they make on a day-to-day basis are really middle school level, at best. What is much more important than the mathematical acumen is knowing when to use which mathematical principles and why.

Telling Stories in Finance

Telling Stories in Finance

There are three major aspects to finance. The first is looking at data and analyzing it to assess the probability of an outcome in the future: GDP growth, a stock price going up or down, a portfolio of properties losing value, a credit card debt being defaulted on.