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I finally found the opportunity to click through to the Flow Ratio info here at the Fool. I ran the numbers for a couple stocks I own, RATL and NATI, for their most recent and one historical quarter.

My question regards the treatment of an entry on RATL's balance sheet: deferred tax assets. I'd guess that this is an actual asset more similar to cash than to accounts receivable, and that it should be subtracted from the current assets. Right or wrong?

And while I'm asking, why would a company choose to defer tax assets?

BTW, these two companies come in very differently: RATL around 1.10 or 1.05 (depending upon the above), and NATI's FR is > 3 (but dropped over the period I looked at). I'll have to keep an eye on them now that I can see how easily the FR can be computed.

Thanks for any comments,

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