David Merkel's five-part series on questions to ask the management of a public company was originally published on RealMoney in April 2007. It's being republished as a bonus for TheStreet.com University readers.
In Part 1 , learn about the big questions that you need to ask right away. In Part 2 , understand the financial story that the balance sheet can't tell. In Part 3 , discover what you need to find out about the competition. In Part 4 , find out the most important questions about pricing and products. In Part 5 , learn how to understand changes in the business environment, including mergers and acquisitions, and get tips on using all the questions in this series.