Like consumers, companies can take on too much debt. The debt-to-equity ratio offers one way to tell whether a leveraged business is taking on too much. Here's how you can do the simple math before you invest.
The Fed's decision to allow big banks to pay sharply higher dividends makes no sense, and not just because the results of the so-called "stress tests" are secret. Based on facts that are public knowledge, the banks are actually insolvent, and in danger of sinking much further.
Companies with lots of cash are in the best position to buy market share, make acquisitions and pay out dividends. Hilary Kramer says that is a key metric investors should be watching these days and she discusses why cash rich companies Cisco, Gilead and Teradyne are all good stocks to own.