Investor Glossary-yardstickInvestor Glossary-yardstickInvestor Glossary-yardstickInvestor Glossary-yardstickInsightful stock market charts - Click here
Categories    # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


The HTML to link to this page

A yardstick originally meant a flat wooden board that measures lengths of up to three feet. By extension, a yardstick now means a standard used for comparisons. In the sphere of economics, a typical yardstick would be gross national product, the consumer price index, the inflation rate, or the trade deficit. In the semiconductor industry, a well-known yardstick is the book-to-bill ratio. In equity analysis, the price/earnings ratio is a key yardstick. In many areas of economic and financial analysis, a single yardstick does not offer a full picture of success or failure. Moreover, compared with a three-foot wooden yardstick, often a business yardstick is more ambiguous and open to interpretation and dispute. For example, any yardstick based on accounting rules necessarily reflects the limitations inherent in GAAP.

Rate this yardstick definition...

Learn about investing with the Investor Glossary Term of the Day

Click here for insightful stock market charts. Where is the market headed? The answer may surprise you. Find out
with the exclusive & Barron's recommended charts of Chart of the Day.

Popular Terms: required rate of return, ex-dividend date, Key Rate Duration, FICO score, VIX, deferred revenue, class C shares, in escrow, wholly-owned subsidiary, reverse mortgage, minority interest, option premium, risk management, LIBOR, irrevocable trust, average price per share, 144a, implied volatility, margin rate, annual return, current ratio, dividends payable, Zero Cost Collar, real GDP, limit order, EBITDA, open position, stock market close, cancelled check, retained earnings, debt service coverage, deferred tax, phantom income, command economy, APR, ex-dividend, FTSE, per diem, 1031 exchange, labor relations, inflation, stock split, covered put, 401a, diluted share, liquidity ratio, balance sheet, 1035 exchange, quality assurance

Accounting | Banking | Bonds | Brokers | Economy | Futures | Mutual Funds | Options | Real Estate | Retirement | Stocks | Taxes | Technical Analysis
Home | Term of the Day | Suggest a Term | Chart of the Day | Dogs of the Dow
©2004-2016 Investor Glossary - All rights reserved - Terms of Use