Define: Qualitative Analysis

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Definition: Qualitative Analysis



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Full Definition of Qualitative Analysis


Qualitative analysis in investment research refers to efforts by an investor or analyst to evaluate those factors about a company and its securities that cannot be easily quantified.

By its nature, qualitative analysis is a more subjective form of analysis than quantitative analysis. Factors that may fall under qualitative analysis include the experience of the management team, the character of board members, the overall loyalty of employees, as well as the state of labour relations. Also considered part of qualitative analysis would be a comparison of a company versus its competitors. An investor engaging in qualitative analysis may concern himself with whether the company enjoys a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace due to superior research and development, patents, or restrictive covenants. Overall market share and barriers to entry into a market may also be considered by those performing qualitative analysis. In order to effectively engage in qualitative analysis, an investor must have a strong understanding of factors that might give a company a significant advantage in relation to its competitors.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Qualitative Analysis are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 6th February, 2020