RATIO ANALYSIS involves conversion of financial numbers for a firm into ratios. Ratio analysis allows comparison of one firm to another. Since ratios look at relationships inside the firm, a firm of one size can be directly compared to a second firm (or a collection of firms) which may be larger or smaller or even in a different business. Financial Ratio Analysis is a method of comparison not dependent on the size of either firm. Financial Ratios provide a broader basis for comparison than do raw numbers. In the VentureLine database the comparison is conducted against the industry (SIC Code) in which each particular listing is associated.
15 MINUTE RULE is a timekeeping method used as a semi-official delay prior to ending or beginning an activity. For example: a. Only waiting for a tardy college instructor for 15 minutes prior to the class being terminated, or, b. Putting a 15 minute hands-off delay before impulsively eating a candy when dieting.
TARIFF, usually, a countrys tax on imports. May sometimes refer to the rate of tax; and, is used interchangeably with the term 'duty'.
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