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Financial situation indicators of Portuguese firms: Do size, age and sector matter?

Cloé Magalhães
Fábio Albuquerque
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The Great Recession raised a more uncertain, complex and dynamic environment explaining why firms are increasing atention to their financial situation. However, the evaluation of this situation is complex, and a large number of indicators can be found in the literature.This paper consider three indicators to assess the Portuguese firms’ financial situation: the capital ratio; the bank loans to liabilities ratio, and the commercial gap ratio. The objective is to understand how these indicators are related to firms’ age, size and economic activitity sector. This may help to understand the firm financial situation and also to identify some structural effects underlying the overall aggregates evolution.
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