Current ratio definition
What is the definition of "current ratio?"
The current ratio is an important indicator of a business's short-term financial viability, identifying its ability to meet current obligations. Current ratio is calculated from the balance sheet by dividing current assets by current liabilities. A 2-1 ratio, assets to liabilities, is typically considered a healthy short-term financial condition.
Current assets are cash, inventory and accounts receivable. Current liabilities are accounts payable and other short-term obligations, like payments that are due typically within the next 30 days.
Expect any banker to focus on the current ratio very quickly when considering any loan proposal.
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