American Journal of Economics and Business Administration

Some Effects of Alternative Foreign Currency Translation Methodologies on two Short-Term Liquidity Ratios

Paul E. Holt

DOI : 10.3844/ajebasp.2011.645.651

American Journal of Economics and Business Administration

Volume 3, Issue 4

Pages 645-651


This study focused on two short-term liquidity ratios, the current ratio and inventory turnover and attempted to identify, in terms of empirical properties, if and in what ways foreign currency translation methodologies generate different results. Fifty companies’ accounts were translated from U.S. dollars to U.K. pounds. Post-translation Spearman rank correlation coefficients were extremely high for all methodology pairs, but t scores on meaningfully-paired observations indicated substantially different current ratio or inventory turnover numbers. But the results were not consistent from year to year and the results of all the fifty sample companies, taken together, did not hold for all the individual companies. At the firm level, the results were highly firm specific.


© 2011 Paul E. Holt. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.