Money Matters - Simplified

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Federal crackdown on fraudsters highlighted

U.S. federal authorities have highlighted their ongoing crusade against those accused of investment scams, Ponzi schemes, foreign currency and other market frauds. They recently referred to this group of unrelated civil and criminal cases involving financial wrongdoings as ‘Operation Broken Trust.’

Quantum Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

ExamWorks Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

A Tale of 2 Stocks

Yesterday, I introduced you to a sleepy yet awesome firm called Landauer (NYSE: LDR), a specialist in radiation monitoring and analysis for labs, hospitals, and nuclear facilities worldwide. Since 1990, the stock price has quietly gone up five times in value, with its success based on a niche market, fragmented competition, and a diverse customer base. It still retains these attributes, yet I've passed on it for my portfolio. I'll explain why and then I'll show you another investment I like better.

Why I Cut the Cord on Cable TV

 I finally decided to hold my nose and take the plunge -- bye-bye cable TV and landline phone, hello modern communications. And I picked a heck of an interesting time to do it.

 

Is Progress Energy's Cash Machine Shutting Down?

 
Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company's economic output. That's because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls.

 

1-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: MakeMyTrip?

 

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Indian online travel site MakeMyTrip (Nasdaq:MMYT) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.




Will Electronic Arts Disappoint Analysts Next Quarter?

 

There's no foolproof way to know the future for Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) or any other company. However, certain clues may help you see potential stumbles before they happen -- and before your stock craters as a result. Rest assured: Even if you're not monitoring these metrics, short-sellers are.




Is LoopNet's Cash Flow Just for Show?

Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company's economic output. That's because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls.

 

Is This Trend Your Friend at Limelight Networks?

 

Margins matter. The more Limelight Networks (Nasdaq: LLNW) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market. That's why I check on my holdings' margins at least once a quarter. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, comparisons to sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Limelight Networks's competitive position could be.