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Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Fundamental analysis

Course overview

Description

It’s a question that intrigues every trader: how can I find the hidden trading opportunity? Identifying the little-known stock that's about to soar – perhaps even the Apple or Google of the future – is an investor's dream.
Fundamental analysis can help you in your search. In this course we'll explain how you can apply its methods to drill down through layers of information and uncover the markets with potential value that others may not have spotted.
You'll learn how to:
  • Evaluate economic data
  • Scrutinise company financial reports and earnings
  • Interrogate management teams
This will help you to discover which shares could be poised for growth and which may be headed for a fall.

Time

50 min

Level

Intermediate

Benefits

Short, easy-to-digest lessons
Practical, interactive exercises
Engaging videos and graphics
Free demo account for practising your new skills
Quiz to check your understanding

Example lesson: cash from financing

To help you develop your skills in identifying trading opportunities, our course provides exercises, graphics and illustrations that guide you through the most important elements of fundamental analysis. To give you a flavour of what to expect, here’s an extract explaining how to analyse cash flow statements:
 
  • Cash from financing

    Here you’ll see details of the company’s corporate bonds and shares that have been issued or repurchased. Dividend payments to shareholders will also be listed.

So what can we learn from these figures? Well, as the saying goes, ‘cash is king’. Many analysts feel that cash in the bank is an important asset, particularly because it’s something that can’t be faked by clever accounting.