Return on Equity (ROE) Definition & Application Wiki

Return on Equity (ROE) Definition & Application Wiki

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Return on Equity (ROE) Data

Short Definition

Return on Equity (ROE, Return on average common equity, return on net worth) measures the rate of return on the ownership interest (shareholders' equity) of the common stock owners. ROE is viewed as one of the most important financial ratios. It measures a firm's efficiency at generating profits from every dollar of net assets (assets minus liabilities), and shows how well a company uses investment dollars to generate earnings growth. ROE is equal to a fiscal year's net income (after preferred stock dividends but before common stock dividends) divided by total equity (excluding preferred shares), expressed as a percentage. The higher the ratio, the better.

Long Definition