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.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Bennett explains the one number you need to look at in these volatile times to be sure you’re buying the right investments.
Tim Bennett explains the six key numbers that every investor should know when buying shares.
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.
Tim Bennett looks at leverage – also known as gearing – and explains the three ways it can boost (or destroy) your wealth.
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.
Tim Bennett explains ‘earnings per share’ – a vital number for investors which can give you an idea of a company’s performance over time.