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# Comparing Financial Conditions of Competitors

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What are some methods used to compare the financial condition of a competing organization?

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It is important for an organization as well as the investor to analyze the financial condition of an organization. An organization utilizes different methods of comparing the financial condition of a competing organization, in order to enhance the effectiveness of its financial condition. In the financial condition the assets, liabilities and equity of a firm are assessed. The situation of these assets and liabilities are taken for a particular time period in order to compare the firm's own monetary condition.

Comparison methods:

There are various methods, which an organization may use to compare the financial condition, which are as described below:

Vertical analysis - The first method, ...

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The solution provides explanation of three methods of analysis and one relevant financial ratio to be used when comparing the financial states of market competitors. 424 words with references.

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