Journal Title

Advances in Financial Education

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Financial ratio analysis is a topic covered in most business courses in accounting and finance, but the traditional methodology used suffers from what can be termed the "cookbook approach." Students are typically assigned simple exercises at the end of chapters which involve the computation of ratios measuring liquidity, leverage, turnover, and profitability. Students are then asked to compare the calculated ratios to a given industry average. These are merely sterile exercises which fail to expose students to the application of financial analysis in real world scenarios. A more effective curriculum would incorporate a complete analysis of actual firms, using sophisticated techniques which have been proven to be more effective in assessing financial strength.


Business education; Business students; Ratio analysis

Publication Information

Advances in Financial Education, 2014, Volume 6, 1-15.

© 2014 Advances in Financial Education

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Journal Article