Here’s what debt to asset ratio means 😛 TAGEND
When you’re a business( i.e. you have your own business or side hustle ), your indebtednes to asset ratio represents the total amount of debt you owe compared against your total amount of assets.
This ascertains how much lenders will be willing to give you AND helps you be aware of how much you owe to creditors.
If you’re an individual, the debt to asset ratio won’t be as relevant to you…but your debt to INCOME ratio will be. That’s the number representing the total amount of debt you owe compared to your income.
Mortgage lenders, bank loans, and anyone giving you credit will take a look at your debt to asset/ income ratio in order to determine how much they’re willing to lend to you.
Your debt to asset ratio( or debt to income ratio) could mean the difference between securing a loan for your business or home, and not get a single dime from a lender.
To help you get a better understanding of it, let’s break down what debt to asset ratio might look like in real life.
Explain Like I’m 5: Debt to asset ratio
Let’s say an unemployed acquaintance of yours, we’ll call him Jeff, asks to borrow $10 from you.
What do you do?
Immediately, with your $10 in your hand, you’ll ask yourself a bunch of questions about Jeff, including 😛 TAGEND
“Do I trust Jeff? ” “Will Jeff paid in full back? ” “Whoa, why is the guy from Hamilton on the $10? ”
Hard to answer these questions, right? Now pretend a third person, your mutual friend Mary, tells you that Jeff borrowed $100 from her last week and hasn’t paid it back. Now what do you do?
You slip your $10 back in your pocket and move on.
In a nutshell, this is debt to asset ratio.
However, that’s not the only debt ratio you need to understand. In IWT fashion, we’re going to give you the rundown on three indebtednes ratios that are going to matter the most to you, your life, and/ or your business. They are 😛 TAGEND
It’s so important to keep these numbers in intellect to be aware of your debt( if you have any that is ), because when they’re out of whack they can stifle your ability to stimulate some big purchases.
Indebtednes to asset ratio: Important for businesses
( NOTE: If you’re not a small business owner or don’t run your own side hustle, you can skip down to indebtednes to income ratio .)
Like your credit rating, your debt to asset ratio is a number. One that shows you how much of your assets — things like your cash, investments, inventory, etc. — were paid with debt, including 😛 TAGEND
( Pretty much any instance that you owe fund to someone .)
The way you calculate your indebtednes to asset ratio is simple: Take the amount of debt you owe and divide it by the value of the assets you own. Then, take that number and multiply it by 100 so you get a percentage. That’s your debt to asset ratio.
It’ll look something like this:
Dollar amount of debt you owe/ Dollar amount of assets you own= Debt to asset ratio
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Debt to asset ratio x 100= Debt to asset ratio percentage
It’s genuinely that simple.
What is a good debt to asset ratio?
The higher your indebtednes to asset ratio is, the more you owe and the more risk you run by opening up new lines of credit.
According to Michigan State University professor Adam Kantrovich, any ratio higher than 30%( or. 3) may lower the “borrowing capacity” for your business. That’s why it’s so smart for you — especially if you’re a business owner or freelancer — to know your debt to asset ratio.
However, the amount your indebtednes to asset ratio affects your business will differ from industry to industry.
For example, industries that offer internet services generally don’t require a lot of debt up front to start. That means they’ll typically have lower debt to asset ratios on average.
However, industries such as production or retail require a LOT of indebtednes up front in order to get started. As a result, it’s not uncommon to see higher indebtednes to asset ratios among them.
Check out the chart below to find out the average debt to asset ratio in a few different industries.
Industry Average indebtednes to asset ratio
Internet services and social media 25% Consumer electronics 34% Energy 108% Technology 110% Utilities 228% Retail 289%
From CSI Market( a market analysis organization)
“Holy crap, Ramit! Why are businesses like utilities and retail so high? ”
Businesses like utilities and retail require a whole lot of initial capital up front to cover initial costs of things they need to run their business( infrastructure, products, workforce, etc .). As such, the average debt to asset ratio for those working businesses will be higher.
Many lenders such as banks and mortgage companies may take this into consideration when they’re giving to you and your business.
Say you’re a small business owner would be interested to get a new loan for your venture. After totaling everything up, you was of the view that you owe about $25,000 in debt and own about $100,000 in assets.
After dividing your debt by your assets and multiplying that number by 100, you discover that your indebtednes ratio is 25% — which is just about the average if you work in internet services and stellar if you work in retail.
However, if those numbers were flipped( you owe $100,000 in debt and own merely $25,000 in assets ), your indebtednes to asset number would be 400% — which is just awful no matter what your business does.
A note on debt to equity ratio
Sometimes, lenders will look at a business’s debt to equity ratio instead. Opportunities are this doesn’t apply to 99.999% of you. But so you know, debt to equity looks at a company’s debt compared to shareholder equity( the value of the shares) and is calculated the same way as debt to asset ratio 😛 TAGEND
Dollar amount of indebtednes you owe/ Dollar amount of shareholder equity= Debt to equity ratio
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Debt to equity ratio x 100= Debt to equity ratio percentage
Like debt to asset ratio, your debt to equity ratio will vary from business to business.
However, general consensus for most industries is that it should be no higher than 2( or 200% ).
“But Ramit, I don’t have a big company or business. Does any of this matter to me? ”
Yes! Because there’s a formula that creditors and lenders use to assess the risk of individuals like you.
Debt to income ratio: Important for individuals
If you plan on ever get a mortgage for a house, you need to make sure your debt to income ratio is in check.
This number compares your gross monthly income to your monthly indebtednes. Banks and other lenders look at this number to determine how much of a risk you are to lend to. The more of a risk you are, the less of a chance they’ll lend to you at all.
Much like your debt to asset ratio, calculating it is simple 😛 TAGEND
Dollar amount of monthly debt you owe/ Dollar amount of your gross monthly income= Debt to income ratio
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Debt to income ratio x 100= Debt to income ratio percentage
Let’s run an example scenario 😛 TAGEND
Say you owe about $1,000 in debt month-to-month and build $75,000 a year ($ 6,250/ month ). We’d then take 1,000 divided by 6,250 in order to get our indebtednes to income ratio, like so 😛 TAGEND
1, 000/ 6,250=. 16
Multiply. 16 by 100 and you have 16% for your indebtednes to income ratio….but what does that number entail?
What is a good debt to income ratio?
The lower the number is, the better. According to Wells Fargo, the ideal debt to income ratio is 35% and below. That said, most lenders will provide you a loan up to 43 -4 5 %.
So if your indebtednes to income ratio amounted to 16% like in the example above, you’d be in good shape for a home loan.
If your indebtednes to income ratio is a little higher and you want to lower it, though, I’d like to help you out.
After all, being in debt is the# 1 barrier to living a Rich Life, and not only is it a financial burden, but it can also be a HUGE psychological burden as well.
For example, a while back I operated a survey of my readers who were in debt, asking them a seemingly simple question: How long until you’re out of debt?
Take a look at the results 😛 TAGEND
34%( the majority) of respondents DIDN’T KNOW how long it would take until they were out of debt.
Debt is just as much of an emotional issue as a financial one. That’s why throwing a personal finance book at person in debt or depicting them a indebtednes calculator makes little to no change.
If someone’s too afraid to even open the envelopes that will tell them how much they owe, “information” is not what they need. Instead, that person has to be willing to take action THEMSELVES before anything will change.
If you’re reading this now, and you’re ready to take action against your indebtednes, I want to help you.
In fact, you can start getting out of debt TODAY through a 5-step system I’ve developed.
Just check out my popular article on how to get out of debt here.
Get out of debt and live a Rich Life
So that’s your indebtednes to asset ratio. It’s a good way to keep an eye on your personal finances and an element to consider if you want to get a loan.
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