The Gordon Growth Model
The Gordon Growth model is an offshoot of the standard dividend discount model. This model is used primarily to calculate the intrinsic value of a firm based on the discounted value of future dividends. The Equation At a basic level the Gordon Growth Model is calculated by: P = D1 / r-g P = The intrinsic price you should pay for the firm D1 = The dividend for the next period R = The current discount rate, for our purposes we will use the CAPM for this G = Is the dividend growth rate Applying the Gordon Growth Model So,
   October 23, 2018    0
CAPM Explained
CAPM – Capital Asset Pricing Model The CAPM is a staple of most every finance course that focuses on the valuation of equity investments. And though it may be a very good way to begin the process of teaching students how to effectively analyze securities there are a lot of assumptions that make it very difficult to use in a real world setting.…
   October 16, 2018    0
This article pits Equities Lab and Gurufocus against each other, to determine which one deserves the individual investor's loyalty. This is simple, once the criteria for a "good" backtesting tool is specified.
 This article pits Equities Lab and Gurufocus against each other, to determine which one deserves the individual investor’s loyalty. This is simple, once the criteria for a “good” backtesting tool is specified.  Investopedia.com states that backtesting is “the process of testing a trading strategy on relevant historical data to ensure its viability before the trader risk any actual capital.…
   August 15, 2018    2
Why Death Crosses Don't Work
OK, what is a death cross, and what do I mean by “it doesn’t work”? A death cross is a (very) vivid name for a short term moving average slipping below a longer term moving average.  Technical analysts love to sell when they see death crosses, and buy when they see golden crosses.…
   June 20, 2018    0
How to use a Watchlist
How to Use a Watchlist Henry Crutcher A brief intro to get more out of watchlists, which help you manage your holdings. Visit a watchlist How to use a Watchlist Your Holdings view is a collection of all your watchlists, gathered under title bars for each one. Here we show just one (FCA Dividends).…
   June 19, 2018    0
Short-term reversal
Quantpedia Strategies As I was recently looking around at other quantitative firms, I happened across Quantpedia. In the past we’ve spoken to Quantpedia and are actually featured on their website. However, this time around I was taking a look in their screener section and came across the “F-score and Equity short-term reversals”.…
   June 6, 2018    0
This how-to shows how to create a strategy in Equities Lab, and how to do some basic analysis of it. For humor value, we take the point of view of a children's book character, named Amelia Bedelia, who has no common sense. We have all felt this way some times.
This how-to shows how to create a strategy in Equities Lab, and how to do some basic analysis of it. For humor value, we take the point of view of a children’s book character, named Amelia Bedelia, who has no common sense. We have all felt this way sometimes. Create A Screener A quantitative mutual fund is a screener.  …
   March 2, 2018    Comments Off on The Amelia Bedelia Mutual Fund   , , , , ,
Using Monte Carlo with Piotroski
Henry Crutcher How to analyze a factor without ranking in Equities Lab Create a screen Everything starts with creating a screen.  So, onward! Name your screen Screeners with names can be found later.  If you want to put your screens into categories, simply put MyCoolCategory: at the front. Limit your stocks You can type “Market Cap > 500m” here.  …
   March 26, 2018    Comments Off on How To Use Monte Carlo With The Piotroski Score   
Importing Assignments - University Series
Sometimes it’s better to not reinvent the wheel. A number of our existing professors have allowed a few of their class homework assignments to be publicly available to other professors. You can import these assignments into your Equities Lab class environment and either use them as-is or change them to follow your syllabus.…
   January 23, 2018    Comments Off on Importing Assignments – University Series   
Testing your Equities Lab homework assignments
Not all assignments are created equal. Courses get more difficult as time goes on, and as you push your students to not only understand the material but also implement what they’ve learned into real-world simulations, some homeworks may become too complex for the standard user to successfully complete. In order to combat this, we allow professors like you to try the homework assignments before they are assigned.…
   January 23, 2018    Comments Off on Testing your Equities Lab homework assignments – University Series
In a nutshell, bitcoin is either something as monumental as the introduction of the internet or as futile as the tech bubble of the late 90s. Bitcoin has been in the news for quite some time now, and over time, one begins to wonder if this is a bet you should be in on.
In a nutshell, Bitcoin is either something as monumental as the introduction of the internet or as futile as the tech bubble of the late 90s. Bitcoin has been in the news for quite some time now, and over time, one begins to wonder if this is a bet you should be in on.…
As the markets continue to lack volatility, a number of investors are attempting to find opportunities outside of the traditional growth stocks. This leads many of them to alternatives such as forex, options, etc. However, some investors are still attempting to find gains in the equity markets, and a number of them are doing so through looking for companies with exceptionally high dividend yields.
How high are “high” dividend stocks? As the markets continue to lack volatility, a number of investors are attempting to find opportunities outside of the traditional growth stocks. This leads many of them to alternatives such as forex, options, etc. However, some investors are still attempting to find gains in the equity markets, and a number of them are doing so through looking for companies with exceptionally high dividend yields.…
Survivorship Bias – How does it work?
I was recently lurking around an online investment forum when the following post came up – “I recently ran an experiment where I generated random 7 to 50-stock portfolios from the 500 largest U.S. traded companies and measured their performance over the past 10 years. All of the randomly selected portfolios outperformed the S&P500 and BRK.B in terms of compound annual rate of return.…
Monte Carlo Simulation – Advanced Investing
Monte Carlo Simulation As investors, we all know that each investment we make comes with a certain amount of risk. We can decrease this risk by understanding all possible outcomes. Better yet, we can visualize each outcome through the use of a Monte Carlo Simulation. In a broad stroke definition – a Monte Carlo simulation allows for people to make informed quantitative decisions based on a range of possible outcomes.…
Beneish M-Score
The Beneish M-score was designed as a way to detect possible manipulation of a company’s financial statements. The score itself can be anything between –infinity and +infinity, though most scores fall between -10 to 10. Anything below -2.22 is considered a good score and suggests that the company is likely not manipulating their balance sheet.…
   April 30, 2017    1   ,
Relative Strength Indicator (RSI)
I’m not a big technical trader. That being said, a lot of people in the information age are, and because of that we have been sure to include a number of technical indicators within the Equities Lab system. One such indicator, the relative strength index(RSI), is extremely common among technical analysts, and I think it is time to put the RSI indicator to the test.…
What is the Piotroski F-Score?
Piotroski F-Score We mention the Piotroski F-Score in a lot of our articles, videos, and even within a lot of our prebuilt screens. So, it poses the question, what exactly is the Piotroski F-Score? Created by a professor of Accounting at the University of Chicago named Joseph Piotroski, the score is used to identify possible investments.…
Funds Vs. Investing Yourself
Every investor has their own preferred investment. Two of the most popular choices are investing in funds such as ETF’s, Mutual Funds, or Hedge Funds, and self-investing using a strategy that you’ve either built yourself or adopted from a well-known investor. It’s finally time to figure out which choice has more potential.…
Explaining Quantitative Investing
What exactly is Quantitative investing? Investing is an extremely difficult endeavor regardless of your goals. It takes both intelligence and strong will in order to do it successfully. With the invention of the computer and the more widespread use of data science, people eventually realized that you could take out much of the human error when it comes to investing in favor of complex investment algorithms that trade based solely on math.…
Traditional Technical Analysis Kinda Working
Why it’s hard to Trust Technical Analysis Over this past month or so we‘ve been writing a lot of articles that are very pro-technical analysis. Personally, I was fascinated by technical analysis when I first started investing, but I have to say, my tastes have changed. Either way, our most recent featured screen is actually based off of the SCTR designed by StockCharts, and it works amazingly.…