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High Level Research and Company Comparison with LazyFA - Part Two


THIS IS A GUEST POST. CLICK HERE TO READ PART ONE!

In part one, we looked at the Red Flag Analysis tool as well as a few functions of the ChartMachine to get a deeper look at the fundamentals of General Dynamics Corp. In this section we are going to use the ChartMachine to compare two companies.

When researching prospect stocks, it is important to manage our expectations. Each company belongs to an industry and each industry is different. Comparing a defense contractor such as Boeing to a technological conglomerate such as Apple is not going to get you far …


High Level Research and Company Comparison with LazyFA - Part One


LazyFA is fast approaching 10,000 users. As I spend a large majority of my time on the site developing features, testing code and fixing bugs, I often wonder how users are actually using the site, which features they're finding most helpful, and which ones need improvement. To that point I recently reached out to an avid LazyFA user and asked him to share with me what his analysis process is like when investigating a new opportunity. He wrote up an excellent two part article explaining the basics of how he delves into the financials, using LazyFA to compare the …


Visualizing Insider and Institutional Ownership with LazyFA


Many investors know that tracking insider and institutional ownership in a publicly traded company can provide significant insight into company happenings and potentially even predict significant company events before they're announced publicly. Unfortunately, many times the ownership breakdown of a large company can be difficult to understand due to the complexity of the SEC filings that document it, the number of insiders and institutions that have a financial interest in the company, and the sheer complexity of the structure of the company itself. The situation is further complicated by the constant change in this internal ownership structure, as insiders and …


Identifying Earnings Management by Monitoring Revenue Recognition Policies


In the investing world, there's a concept known as cookie jar accounting. This is for all intents and purposes a friendly way of saying legal financial manipulation. Cookie jar accounting is not illegal, but it can be a troubling indicator if it's done chronically, and even in a singular instance it can indicate a potentially significant detriment to future cash flows and earnings. To that end, the intention of this post is not to take a positive or negative position on companies that employ cookie jar accounting or other earnings management tactics, but instead to educate and inform on how …


The Federal Open Who?


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If you’re actively trading, one thing you’ll hear other traders talking about from time to time is “FOMC Day”. Eight times a year, the Federal Open Market Committee, or FOMC, gets together and discusses various topics including economic growth, unemployment, interest rates and inflation. After the meeting the committee makes an announcement to the world regarding what they discussed. Often you’ll see the market react violently to this announcement, which usually happens at 2pm, so it’s worth it to understand exactly what implications these meetings have, what the FOMC is talking about and how …