Putting Companies Under the Microscope
In This Chapter
Picking apart companies’ financial statements
Unearthing overlooked details about companies
Uncovering details about a company’s financial condition
Researching the people running the company
If you’re the kind of online investor looking to buy the next home-run stock like Google, this chapter offers tips that might help you. I show you how to use online tools to unearth details about companies that aren’t picked up by general investing websites. I explain how you can glean insights about companies by picking apart financial statements, and I show you how to compare companies with their peers.
Just be careful. Consistently picking winning stocks and buying and selling them at the right times is infamously difficult and time consuming. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you might make less money picking individual stocks over the long term than you would if you just bought a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) that keeps up with the market.
Understanding Financial Statements
Most investors focus on companies’ ...