When analyzing companies' balance sheets, many investors compare assets to liabilities with ratios like the debt-to-equity ratio. In the video below, Fool contributor Daniel Sparks suggests to instead focus on a company's ability to service its debt. Specifically, he suggests using the debt burden ratio. Comparing Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) on this metric to other blue chip stocks, these tech behemoths look extremely compelling.

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