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Price action is a basis for many peoples trading and investing methodologies. Price action is simply how a price of an equity tends to move. There are different candles that can be used in charting, but all of which can help you find price action. | ||||

Operating cash flow is EBITDA minus taxes, and this helps you to determine the quality of the company. When looking at a company for a potential investment, you want to know that their cash flow from operations is at a respectable level. This is what will help the business continue to operate and flow. | ||||

Moving averages are an excellent tool to add to your technical analysis as it can give you an idea of where the price is on average. The difference between the moving averages is essentially the formula used to generate the data. | ||||

Taking a look at price movement is important because it can begin to give you direction on where an equity may be headed. Average price is the price of your chosen equity averaged out for the day. Average price is great in determining trends and other price movements to help you determine where the market is headed. | ||||

Typical price can be looked at as an average of the average. So if you have average prices, you can then determine what a typical price or price range may be. Price alone doesn’t tell the whole story, but it can come in handy with giving you a head start in your research. | ||||

This one is fairly simple, but I’ll go over a few different ways to look at this data point. As simple as the title expresses, the number of employees are the total number of full time and part time employees. When looking at a business, this is an excellent way to get a sense of how large the company is. | ||||

Day typical price is taking the average of the price for that day, which can be used in many different ways. First, knowing the average daily price can help for mid to long term investors, as they may being to pick up on price patterns. | ||||

The standard deviation is one of the main statistical indicators commonly used to measure confidence in statistical conclusions. For example, the margin of error in polling data is determined by calculating the expected standard deviation in the results if the same poll were to be conducted multiple times. In finance and investing Standard Deviation is usually used to measure risk. | ||||

Current Assets is cash, plus deposits, plus liquid assets. Current assets are important because you want those to be in healthy proportion to the debt that the company may have. Let us break out each part of the equations to give you a little detail. | ||||

Total debt is a measurement that is important in fundamental analysis. As the title states, total debt would be all debts, such as bonds, loans, and anything the company owes money on. If a company has debt, you want to see that the debt is being used wisely and that the company is not highly leveraged, meaning if they slow down in sales, it could become an issue with repayments. | ||||

Using as much data as you can may not be the best, so rather you should find a few that help narrow your decision making progress. Variance is the spread or difference between the data points in your chosen data set. You could look at variance if you are looking for the probability of a distribution happening. In investing and trading, you want to give yourself the best possible edge and increasing the probability of profitability. | ||||

Starting with a simple definition, downside deviation measures downside risk. Beyond that, there is more that can help you to become more informed of your current investments or potential investments. This type of deviation will also work with your minimum return you are expecting. | ||||

There are many different ways to come up with data points, and simple regression is another one of those. This type of tool would fall under both, quantitative and technical analysis. Simple regression looks to eliminate the human element and give you a statistical regression data point you help you identify trading situations. | ||||

Just as the title states, this will cover the ten year return. The ten year return is for the extremely long term investor, giving you a look at the returns that would likely include a full business cycle and many of the seasonality’s of the equity you are researching. However, do not get caught up in the finer details as many, if not all, markets will fall at some point. | ||||

Typically in funds or within your own portfolio, there are three main categories, which include equities, bonds, or cash. Many people fail to realize cash is a position and it is important it is utilized properly. When the market is roaring, you may want to see minimal cash because funds should be invested. | ||||

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