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October 31, 2018

   

What is the 'Business Cycle'

The business cycle describes the rise and fall in production output of goods and services in an economy. Business cycles are generally measured using rise and fall in real – inflation-adjusted – gross domestic product (GDP), whi...

October 24, 2018

What are 'Retained Earnings'

Retained earnings are the cumulative net earnings or profit of a firm after accounting for dividends — some people refer to them as earnings surplus. Retained earnings are the net earnings after dividends that are available reinvestment in t...

October 17, 2018

What is an 'Income Statement'     

An income statement is a financial statement that reports a company's financial performance over a specific accounting period. Financial performance is assessed by giving a summary of how the business incurs its rev...

October 10, 2018

Gross Margin

What is 'Gross Margin'

Gross margin is a company's total sales revenue minus its cost of goods sold (COGS), divided by total sales revenue, expressed as a percentage. The gross margin represents the percent of total sales revenue that the company retains aft...

October 3, 2018

What is 'Return on Equity (ROE)'     

Return on equity (ROE) is the amount of net income returned as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Return on equity (also known as "return on net worth" [RONW]) measures a corporation's profitability by reveali...

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