Your paper should have the following sections using the subheads indicated below. Each section should be at least 1 page: Your assignment must follow all the formatting guidelines laid out in the final project (such as including APA-formatted title page, references, and in-text citations). Go to http://finance.yahoo.com. The company is AFL (Yahoo Name) which is known as AFLAC. In this section, answer the following for the trend analysis: What are the total cash flows from operating, investing, and financing activities as well as the change in cash and cash equivalents for each year? How have these numbers changed over the three years and what could be some reasons why these numbers have changed the way they have? In addition, pick at least one appropriate (for this statement) ratio or financial in addition to what is provided and calculate that and explain it. See the section on ratio analysis below for ideas. In addition to the trend analysis above, it is customary to also analyze ratios. Some commonly used ratios are: Beta: A measure of risk that is usually published and not calculated by you (A beta greater than 1 suggests that the company is more volatile/risky than the market) Current ratio = Current Assets/Current Liabilities (A current ratio greater than 1 means the company has enough assets to cover all current liabilities should the need arise) Quick ratio = (Current Assets – Inventory)/Current Liabilities (When you are dealing with a company that carries a lot of inventory, a quick ratio is a better indicator than a current ratio because it acknowledges that inventory is not typically liquid). Profit Margin = Net Income/Sales (Represents how much of each dollar in sales remains after all costs are covered) Return on Equity = Net income/Total equity (Represents the return for all holders of equity in that company) EBIT Return on Assets = EBIT/Total assets (Represents the pre-tax return on the total net investment in the firm from operations or alternatively, how efficiently management has used assets) Debt-equity ratio = Total debt/Total equity (Represents the long term solvency or financial leverage in that company)
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