Return on assets (ROA)

Definition:

Indicator of profitability. Determined by dividing net income for the past 12 months by total average assets. Result is shown as a percentage. ROA can be decomposed into return on sales (net income/sales) multiplied by asset utilization (sales/assets).

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Describes an investor who, when faced with two investments with the same expected return but different risks, prefers the one with the lower risk.

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