debt/equity ratio

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Debt/equity ratio

Indicator of financial leverage. Compares assets provided by creditors to assets provided by shareholders. Determined by dividing long-term debt by common stockholder equity.
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Debt/Equity Ratio

In risk analysis, a way to determine a company's leverage. The ratio is calculated by taking the company's long-term debt and dividing it by the value of its common stock. Put graphically:

Debt/equity ratio = Long-term debt / Common stock

The greater a company's leverage, the higher the ratio. Generally, companies with higher ratios are thought to be more risky because they have more liabilities and less equity. See also: Long-Term Debt/Capitalization Ratio.
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debt/equity ratio

The ratio of mortgage debt to the owner's equity in the property.Typical home mortgage lenders require a debt/equity ratio of 80 percent—meaning they will loan up to 80 percent of the value of the home.Higher ratios can be obtained by purchasing private mortgage insurance. Commercial lenders have varying requirements depending on particular market circumstances at the time.

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