When I first requested the creation of the above board I was very new to the world of investing. I knew that previously on TLF I'd been asking a lot questions on Share Ideas which were usually about queries I'd got upon reading company financial statements. In other words, regarding the analysis of the companies as investments they were much more slewed towards the valuation, analysis of ratios side of things, as opposed to the analysis of share price patterns on charts.
So indeed when I raised the possibility of creating such a board many Lemon Fools, did suggest that this new board be named either "Fundamental Analysis" or something very similar, e.g.
Gengulphus wrote:Such a board would fit in well as a "Fundamental Analysis" board in the Investors' Roundtable, to go alongside the existing "Technical Analysis" board and with a subtitle like "Analysing companies' finances and value from their accounts".
tjh290633 wrote:What about Fundamental Share Analysis?
mc2fool wrote:Fundamental Analysis doesn't have just "some sort" of precedent in the investment world. Fundamental Analysis and Technical Analysis are the two main schools of thought for analysing potential investments. https://www.google.com/search?q=fundamental+vs+technical+analysis
Now, I do agree that the phrases themselves convey little to nothing to an outsider or newcomer (esp. "technical" analysis, at least with "fundamental" it's not a huge leap to understand that it's analysing the fundamental state of a company), but that's true in every speciality as all have their own terminology that is used within their context that may not be obvious or understood to those outside of or new to the speciality.
If I remember rightly, I was somewhat stubborn about using the word "Fundamental" in the board's title. I argued that it could be confusing for newbies to investing, and I was also of the view that in addition to the discussion of the ratios, KPIs and valuations extracted from the financial statements, some elements of the softer types of things read (i.e. tenure of directors or words relating to new projects which the company is exploring) in the reports could perhaps also be included.
In hindsight I'm thinking that I was probably wrong not to agree more wholeheartedly with other people's hints/suggestions. I can accept that some people could be confused and misinterpret the purpose of the board, which so far, does mainly discuss the fundamental parts of a Company for analysis.
In conclusion, I'm not making this post a plea to rename the board, but rather to see what other people and whether the consensus is that this would be of benefit.