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This week we begin focusing more seriously on actually analyzing financial state

This week we begin focusing more seriously on actually analyzing financial statement information. Yay! In particular, we will use ROE, a significant summary measure for firm performance, as the basis for our analysis scheme. Further, our methodology relies on disaggregating ROE into components. Consider the etymology of the term "analysis." Originating in the Greek language, it means "unloose," basically to break up. This should make sense since to analyze is to examine the component parts of something. So, in meta…