Everybody, it seems, likes to get into the analysis game. After all, what good is having a lot of data if you can't make sense or cents of it?

Thus the proliferation of analytical tools continues at all levels. Just witness Simply Accounting 2005, the retail product that has sprouted the ability to perform 30 key performance indicators--many of them basic financial ratios. It also adds short explanations of what the terms mean, for those who don't know a current ratio from a current of electricity. That's in a package with a $49 list price.

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