Independent Professional Analysis

Professional analysts use various sources of information to study companies and form opinions on their current and future performance.

Analysts perform two types of analysis: fundamental and technical. Both are used to make investment decisions, but from different perspectives. Fundamental analysis concentrates on evaluating a company's financial strength and growth potential, while technical analysis looks for patterns in price movement and trading volume. You might use fundamental analysis to decide which companies to buy and technical analysis to determine when to make investment decisions.