Applying the Lessons of Enron’s Mark-to-Market Accounting Scandal Today

It may be surprising, but companies today are still using the same mark-to-market accounting that led to Enron’s fraud and bankruptcy in 2001. Mark-to-market accounting is a special way to record assets on a balance sheet. I will try to explain the basics as simply as possible. While it’s hard for any investor to predict […]

What is Tapering in Finance and the Taper Tantrum of 2013?

The word tapering is getting mentioned a lot in the news these days as central banks are starting to tighten monetary policy. What does it mean when a central bank discusses tapering and how might it affect markets? What was the Taper Tantrum of 2013 I keep hearing being mentioned? This article will take a […]

What is Banking As A Service (BaaS)? Finally the Future of Banking?

One of the hottest scenes in the market today is fintech, with $266 billion in new investments in the first half of 2021 alone. The rise of fintech such as PayPal, Square, Affirm, Adyen, Stripe, and many others is driving many innovations in banking, leading to fantastic valuations and huge gains in the market. Banking […]

How Payment Processing Works: A Guide for Beginners

How many of you still carry cash, or how many of us still pay for anything with cash? If you are like me, not many of us. The use of credit cards, debit cards, and online payment processing has exploded over the last ten years. But do any of us understand how payment processing works? […]

The Fascinating History of Visa and the Credit Card Industry

Visa is arguably one of the world’s most recognizable logos and brands. Fun fact: they took the name because it is simple enough to sound the same in every language. Visa enables electronic fund transfers worldwide, processing upwards of 1,700 transactions per second. It is the world’s second-largest payment organization, behind China Union Pay, which […]

BNPL Companies: Changing the Landscape of Payments

Buy Now, Pay Later. The “new” payment scheme trend many analysts project will generate $100 million in sales in 2021. The buy now, pay later scheme has become the new payment method, with BNPL becoming the new hip way. Many BNPL companies such as Affirm (AFRM), Afterpay, and Klarna lead this new field. Many other […]

Publicly Traded Home Builders Report: Spring 2022 Results

Public financial data collected by investment newsletter provider Sather Research, LLC showed that 6 Publicly Traded Home Builders Grew Total Revenues Over 16% YOY in the January – March Quarter, According to Latest Earnings Releases. Of the publicly traded home builders who released earnings results in April, the following 6 companies grew revenues 16% YOY: […]

The Roles, Levels, and Salaries of C Level Management Explained

C-level management, or the C-suite, includes all the top managers of any company, such as Microsoft, Berkshire Hathaway, and Tesla. The C-level management remains responsible for the company’s path and the choices that affect the company in its entirety. The C level has many different roles within the C level, with each role playing its […]

How to Invest in Commodities Long Term [Using 75+ Years of Data]

Commodities go in-and-out of favor, moving up-and-down in supercycles. So how you know which commodities are the best to invest in? Using 75+ years of data, we will look at the top 3 commodities of the 7 decades, and then give 4 simple, practical tips for and researching and buying commodity stocks for long term […]