Glossary of Municipal Securities Terms

DEBT RATIOS

Comparative statistics showing the relationship between the issuer’s outstanding debt and such factors as its tax base, income or population. Such ratios are often used in the process of determining credit quality of an issue, primarily on general obligation bonds or other tax-supported debt. Some of the more commonly used ratios are (a) net overall debt to assessed valuation, (b) net overall debt to estimated full valuation, (c) net overall debt per capita, and (d) tax-supported debt to personal income. See: BONDED DEBT; PER CAPITA DEBT.

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