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Accounting 218 - Financial Statement Analysis - Prof. Petra - Fall 2020

Your Gateway to Business Information

  • Begin your research at the Library Homepage [www.hofstra.edu/library]
  • These electronic resources are available 24/7 on- and off-campus
  • At the left side of the screen click on the link Databases by Subject and select the subject area Accounting/Business/Finance/Marketing

The PowerPoint file below demonstrates how to access the resources of Axinn Library

Source of Business Ratios/Financial Analysis

The source of the data is the SEC filings of the company

Annual comparisons use the 10K

Quarterly comparisons use the 10-Q

The Research Databases, paid for by your tuition dollars provide you with sophisticated data analysis tools

Types of Business Ratios

  • There are 2 types of business ratios
    • The first compares a company's current performance to its historic performance
    • The second compares a company's performance to other companies in the sector
      • this ratio analysis can be current and/or historic
  • The following electronic resources enable you locate current and historic business ratios
    • S&P NetAdvantage contains both types of ratios
    • Factiva contains both types of ratios
    • Business Insights: Essentials contains both types
    • WRDS [Wharton Research Data Services] contains both types
  • The following pages contain PowerPoint Slides that demonstrate how to access each resource


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