Reading Financial Reports For Dummies

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-09
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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The second edition includes over 25 percent new and updated information including: New information on the separate accounting and financial reporting standards for private/small businesses versus public/large businesses Updated information that reflects the 2007 law on international financial reporting standards New content to match SEC and other governmental regulatory changes over the past three years New information about how the analyst-corporate connection has actually changed the playing field The impact of corporate communications and new technologies New examples that reflect the current trends Updated websites and resources

Author Biography

Lita Epstein, MBA, is a seasoned financial writer who focuses on helping people understand the complex worlds of money and finance. She was a financial manager for a medical clinic and content director for a financial services Web site, MostChoice.com. She also writes for AOL's Blogging Stocks and WalletPop.

Table of Contents

Getting Down to Financial Reporting Basics
Opening the Cornucopia of Reports
Recognizing Business Types and Their Tax Rules
Public or Private: How Company Structure Affects the Books
Digging into Accounting Basics
Checking Out the Big Show: Annual Reports
Exploring the Anatomy of an Annual Report
Balancing Assets against Liabilities and Equity
Using the Income Statement
The Statement of Cash Flows
Scouring the Notes to the Financial Statements
Considering Consolidated Financial Statements
Analyzing the Numbers
Testing the Profi ts and Market Value
Looking at Liquidity
Making Sure the Company Has Cash to Carry On
Understanding How Companies Optimize Operations
How Reports Help with Basic Budgeting
Turning Up Clues in Turnover and Assets
Examining Cash Infl ow and Outflow
How Companies Keep the Cash Flowing
The Many Ways Companies Answer to Others
Finding Out How Companies Find Errors: The Auditing Process
Digging into Government Regulations
Creating a Global Financial Reporting Standard
Checking Out the Analyst-Corporation Connection
How Companies Communicate with Shareholders
Keeping Score When Companies Play Games with Numbers
The Part of Tens
Ten Financial Scandals That Rocked the World
Ten Signs That a Company∆s in Trouble
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