What is the price-to-sales ratio?

Sometimes called the ‘king of ratios’, the price-to-sales ratio is one of the most useful ways to tell if a share is cheap or expensive, and is a good predictor of future share-price performance. Tim Bennett explains what it is, how you calculate it, and when you should use it – and points out some of its downsides.

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• See also MoneyWeek’s Financial glossary.

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Why profit margins are really useful

In this video, Ed Bowsher explains how to calculate a company’s profit margin, why it is the best way to evaluate profitability, and how you can use it when analysing a company.

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Why hedge funds can be good news

Hedge funds perform a valuable service by weeding out overvalued shares. In this video, Ed Bowsher explains some of the things they look for when they’re hunting for shares to short.

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What is the ‘current ratio’?

In his latest video, Ed Bowsher looks at the current ratio, which can help you see whether a company has sufficient resources to pay its bills in the near future.

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