Learn Fundamental Analysis
Why Should We Study Fundamental Analysis?
Want to know the method some of our legendary investors use? Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett both use fundamental analysis and value-investing techniques. Unlike technical analysis, fundamental analysis focuses on studying a company's financial statements and earnings. By looking at the financial aspects of a company, such as its revenues, expenses, assets, and liabilities, fundamental analysts can use this information to predict future price movements of a company's stock. However, fundamental analysis has a larger selection of indicators than technical analysis and appears in many different forms, such as studying economic indicators and reports released by the Federal Reserve.
One advantage of studying fundamental analysis is its objectivity, supported by mathematical and statistical methods. Fundamental analysis helps to identify the intrinsic value of a security by studying economic, financial, and other qualitative and quantitative factors. By using fundamental analysis and studying a considerable amount of research, an investor can better understand the company's business and key factors that drive their revenue. Another advantage is that fundamental analysis identifies long-term investment opportunities based on long-term trends.
However, fundamental analysis does have its disadvantages. One disadvantage is that since fundamental analysis requires a lot of research, it is labor intensive and time-consuming. Some of us who work daily are too busy to go through a million news reports and economic data. Those people can consider using technical analysis, which focuses on price action. Technical analysis seems to be the preferred method for short-term traders.
Another disadvantage of fundamental analysis is that the analysis ignores much of what is happening in the stock market. They may miss out on short term opportunities that price patterns may bring.
In the end, you should consider using both technical analysis and fundamental analysis. A mix of technical and fundamental analysis can help you better predict a company's future performance.