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Spring 2016

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American Journal of Business








Prior research established a seven dimension taxonomy of financial ratios. Arguably, advances in business practices, changes in financial reporting standards, and technology have affected the underlying relationships of this taxonomy. This study proposes to identify the extent to which the previously identified relationships have changed, and, if appropriate, to establish an entirely new taxonomy of manufacturing industry financial ratios.

In addition, this study substantially improves and extends prior work in two areas. First, it utilizes advanced statistical methodologies and computing technologies that were unavailable to previous researchers. Second, it investigates not only the current taxonomy of manufacturing industry financial ratios, but also its stability over a recent ten year period.

Our findings indicate that eleven factors now comprise the financial ratio taxonomy. Notably, a separate cash flow factor did not surface in this study as was the case in earlier work; rather, cash flow ratios correlated with accrual-based measures. Finally, our study identified a new current position factor.


Author Posting. © Emerald Group Publishing 2016. This article is posted here by permission of the Emerald Group Publishing for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in the American Journal of Business, vol. 31, no. 2, 2016,

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