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University Endowments Explained

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In a capitalist society, money is power to businesses. Institutions that generate revenue — for-profits and non-profits, corporations and single-employee businesses, farms and automobile factories alike — eventually need to achieve solvency to be sustainable long-term. The economy cycles between periodic highs and periodic lows, and as much as businesses may want to prolong periods […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Value Investing: EV/EBITDA Ratio

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One of the most famous ratios used by value investors is the EV/EBITDA ratio, or the Enterprise Value to Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization ratio. Value investors use it to evaluate a company. The EV/EBITDA ratio is used with or instead of the P/E ratio. Let’s break down this ratio into two parts: […]

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Another One for Apple: The 2 Trillion Dollar Milestone

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On August 19, 2020, Apple Inc. became the first public US company to reach an astonishing $2 trillion market cap. Apple’s stock has soared in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic—a time when US GDP for the second quarter of 2020 shrank nearly 32%.  COVID-19’s Effect on Valuation The technology hardware company and maker of […]

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Financial Crisis Breakdown Part Two: The Collapse of the Market

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After the introduction of subprime mortgage-backed securities, investors were throwing their money into the U.S. housing market and housing prices began to rise. The newly relaxed lending regulations and low interest rates drove housing prices higher, making the MBS and CDO seem like even better investments. They figured that even if the borrower defaulted on […]

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Financial Crisis Breakdown Part One: Securitization of Mortgages

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From 2007-2009, the United States witnessed its biggest economic crash since the Great Depression. The Great Recession left 8.8 million people without jobs, shooting unemployment up to 10% and leaving about 10 million Americans without homes. The stock market crashed with the DOW dropping around 7,000 points or 54% in a span of 18 months. […]