liquidity

How to Tell If a Company Is Drowning in Debt

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.

Is NeXt a Better Way to Buy Into Facebook Before the IPO?

Unless you're ultra-wealthy or willing to chance the vagaries of the secondary markets, you can't invest yet in hot social networking companies like Facebook or Zynga. But soon there may be an alternative: a new fund called NeXt BDC Capital that will take stakes in top-quality venture-backed firms like those.

ETFs in 2010: The Winners, the Losers and the Warnings

The investment world's love affair with all things ETF did not wane in 2010, as their share of the market rose to $940 billion. But popular doesn't mean easy, and it doesn't always mean profitable. Along with the best and the worst performers, a few reminders about how to use these popular investment vehicles safely.

Great Atlantic Mulling Sale of Food Emporium Chain

Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (GAP) may sell its Food Emporium stores to help boost liquidity, The Wall Street Journal reported. The supermarket operator has said it will consider selling "non-core assets" to improve liquidity. The company announced losses of $122.6 million, or $4.83 a share, for the quarter ended June 19.