Important Personal Finance Ratios for everyone


We as Investors or having interest in Finance and Investing have come across various ratios in analyzing stocks/bonds of companies to understand their financial position/strength through various ratios obtained through Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cashflow statements.

Even we are like companies as we manage our personal finances regularly. So, why don’t we check out books and arrive at ratios which we can track to check out personal financial position/strength regularly and make course corrections?

Given below are few key Personal Finance Ratios that we can track for ourselves.

I myself follow this and have found very useful.

Since I have read this a long time before, and from various magazines/sources, I don’t know exactly where I collected all of them.

Anyways, thanks for the authors who have published this earlier which helped me a lot.

Hope this helps you all too.

 Liquidity Ratio. >15% is good = Liquid assets / Net worth

 Debt to Asset Ratio. <=50% is good = Total liabilities / Total assets

 Debt to Income Ratio. <=45% is good = Total annual debt payments / Total annual take home salary

 Non-Mortgage Debt to Income Ratio. <15% is good = Total annual non-mortgage debt payment / Total annual take home pay

Life Insurance Cover Ratio. >= 7 is good = Present Life Cover / Total Post Tax Annual Income

Solvency Ratio. >= 50 is good = Total net worth / Total assets

Net Invested Assets to Net Worth >= 50 is good = Total Assets under investment / Networth – networth is taken as Total Assets-Total Liabilities

Asset to Liability Ratio >1 is good = Total Assets / Total Liabilities

Total debt-to-net worth Ratio. <1 is good = Total outstanding Loans / Networth

Savings Ratio. >20% is good = Savings / Gross income

Debt assets to Total assets Ratio. <20% is good = Value of asset bought through debt / Total Assets

Idle Cash Ratio. <=15% is good = (Cash, balance in savings account etc – Emergency Corpus)  /  Take-home pay

Wealth Ratio. > 1 is good = (Passive + Portfolio + Interest Income) / Total Expenses

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