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How to Recreate the Resources of a Bloomberg Terminal for Free

by Elizabeth J. Howell Hanano, CFA

We polled the Toptal Finance Expert network to find out how they access Bloomberg terminal-quality data without paying $25,000. One website we uncovered looks and feels exactly like FactSet—and costs nothing.

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Perfecting Private Accommodations: Airbnb vs. Expedia

by Tyler Cain

As Airbnb may soon IPO, how does it compare against more traditional businesses in the travel space? We compare it to another top company in the travel sector, Expedia, and analyze how their originally divergent strategies are slowly converging.

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Lessons from Warren Buffett’s Investment Strategy and His Mistakes

by Natasha Ketabchi

Warren Buffett’s reputation as an investor has become legendary. What can an individual investor learn from Warren Buffett’s investment style, his philosophy, and some of his past mistakes?

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Why Do Share Buybacks Fail? Some Suggested Remedies

by Jamie Mariani

Share buyback schemes, if executed poorly, can be disastrous for shareholders and company stakeholders. Using three examples from the UK market, reasons for failure are explored with some suggested remedies for managers making capital allocation decisions.

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Share Buyback Addiction: Case Studies of Success

by Jamie Mariani

Share buybacks have become a popular financial tool for cash-rich businesses that are running short on sufficient projects to invest in. Three case studies are presented here that demonstrate when share buyback schemes are successes.

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What’s My Return on Investment and How Do I Calculate It?

by David Bradshaw

Finding out your return on investment from a project can become a subjective process with the myriad of returns measures and formulas that exist. This overview provides a breakdown and explanation of what type of return you need to measure and how to calculate it. With further guidance on how to use returns data to guide objective decision making.

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Will Spotify's Non-IPO Pave the Way for Tech Companies?

by Melissa Lin

This year, Spotify will move its headquarters from Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood downtown to the Financial District. Beyond its physical presence, Spotify will also make its mark at NYSE when it goes public via direct listing, an unusual choice. What is expected to be the largest tech public debut of 2018 has set Wall Street and the music industry abuzz, with everyone eager to see how this unconventional approach will play out. This article covers everything you need to know: a brief overview of the typical IPO process, how the direct listing will function, why Spotify chose to buck tradition, potential motivations behind the decision, and its potential implications.

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Pearls of Wisdom - The Best Shareholder Letters Nobody Is Reading

by Elizabeth J. Howell Hanano, CFA

Equity analysts often leave out an important source of wisdom when analyzing companies—the annual shareholder letter. This article intends to elucidate the purpose and traits of good shareholder letters based on an analysis of the 601 companies in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index. The article will also direct readers to some of the best lesser-known shareholder letters to put on their annual reading list.

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Amazon vs. Walmart: Bezos Goes for the Jugular with Whole Foods Acquisition

by Toby Clarence-Smith

Through its acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon is not only likely to disrupt the grocery shopping experience but is perhaps embarking on a grander push that could change the entire retail landscape, leaving Walmart on the back foot.

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