Video tutorials – ratios

What is beta?

How risky is the share you are about to buy? Fans claim stock ‘betas’ give you an instant snapshot. Tim Bennett explains how they work and whether they can be trusted.

What is the price-to-sales ratio?

Video tutorial: What is the price-to-sales ratio?

The price-to-sales ratio was feted in the mid 1990s, and vilified after the dotcom crash. Tim Bennett explains what it is, how it works and when investors should use it.

What is Tobin's Q ratio?

Video tutorial: What is Tobin's Q ratio?

Tim Bennett explains the single number that aims to tell you whether stocks and markets are overvalued or undervalued – and so whether it is a good time to buy or sell.

What is return on equity?

Video tutorial: What is return on equity?

Tim Bennett explains the ‘mother of all ratios’ – the controversial ratio that attempts to quantify how much value for money a company can give shareholders.

The number company directors don't want you to know

Video tutorial: The number company directors don't want you to know

Tim Bennett explains the one number you need to look at in these volatile times to be sure you’re buying the right investments.

Six numbers that every investor should know

Video tutorial: Six numbers that every investor should know

Tim Bennett explains the six key numbers that every investor should know when buying shares.

Ten signs a company is in trouble

Video tutorial: Ten red flags Southern Cross investors missed

Tim Bennett explains the ten warning signs investors in Southern Cross failed to pick up on – and how you can gauge the health of any firm from its accounts.

Three ways leverage can boost your returns

Video tutorial: Three ways leverage can boost your returns

Tim Bennett looks at leverage – also known as gearing – and explains the three ways it can boost (or destroy) your wealth.

What does a PEG ratio tell you?

Video tutorial: What does a PEG ratio tell you?

Tim Bennett looks at an improvement on the standard price/earnings ratio – the PEG ratio – and explains what it is and how you calculate it.

What are earnings per share?

Video tutorial: What are earnings per share?

Tim Bennett explains ‘earnings per share’ – a vital number for investors which can give you an idea of a company’s performance over time.

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