Financial Numbers Game Detecting Creative Accounting Practices

ISBN-10: 0471370088
ISBN-13: 9780471370086
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/28/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Praise for The Financial Numbers Game"So much for the notion ‘those who can, do–those who can’t, teach.’ Mulford and Comiskey function successfully both as college professors and real–world financial mercenaries. These guys know their balance sheets. The Financial Numbers Game should serve as a survival manual for both serious individual investors and industry pros who study and act upon the interpretation of financial statements. This unique blend of battle–earned scholarship and quality writing is a must–read/must–have reference for serious financial statement analysis."––Bob Acker, Editor/Publisher, The Acker Letter"Wall Street’s unforgiving attention to quarterly earnings presents ever increasing pressure on CFOs to manage earnings and expectations. The Financial Numbers Game provides a clear explanation of the ways in which management can stretch, bend, and break accounting rules to reach the desired bottom line. This arms the serious investor or financial analyst with the healthy skepticism required to drive beyond reported results to a clear understanding of a firm’s true performance."––Mark Hurley, Managing Director, Training and Development,Global Corporate and Investment Banking, Bank of America"After reading The Financial Numbers Game, I feel as though I’ve taken a master’s level course in financial statement analysis. Mulford and Comiskey’s latest book should be required reading for anyone who is serious about fundamentally analyzing stocks."––Harry Domash, San Francisco Chronicle investing columnist and investment newsletter publisher

Financial Numbers Game
Rewards of the Game
Classifying Creative Accounting Practices
Plan of This Book
Summary
Glossary
Notes
How the Game Is Played
Accounting Policy Choice and Application
Fraudulent Financial Reporting
Cleaning Up after the Game
Clarifying Terminology
Summary
Glossary
Notes
Earnings Management: A Closer Look
What Is Earnings Management?
Incentives and Conditions for Earnings Management
Earnings Management Techniques
Evidence of Earnings Management
Effectiveness of Earnings Management
Is Earnings Management Good or Bad?
Summary
Glossary
Notes
The SEC Responds
The Chairman's Speech
The Action Plan
Subsequent Developments
Enforcing the Securities Laws
Summary
Glossary
Notes
Financial Professionals Speak Out
Survey of Financial Professionals
Survey Results
Summary
Glossary
Notes
Recognizing Premature or Fictitious Revenue
Is It Premature or Fictitious Revenue?
When Should Revenue Be Recognized?
Detecting Premature or Fictitious Revenue
Checklist to Detect Premature or Fictitious Revenue
Summary
Glossary
Notes
Aggressive Capitalization and Extended Amortization Policies
Cost Capitalization
Detecting Aggressive Cost Capitalization Policies
Amortizing Capitalized Costs
Detecting Extended Amortization Periods
Checklist to Detect Aggressive Capitalization and Extended Amortization Policies
Summary
Glossary
Notes
Misreported Assets and Liabilities
Link with Reported Earnings
Boosting Shareholders' Equity
Overvalued Assets
Undervalued Liabilities
Checklist to Detect Misreported Assets and Liabilities
Summary
Glossary
Notes
Getting Creative with the Income Statement: Classification and Disclosure
Current Income Statement Requirements and Practices
Reporting Comprehensive Income
Creative Income Statement Classifications
Creativity with Other Aspects of the Income Statement
Summary
Glossary
Notes
Getting Creative with the Income Statement: Pro-Forma Measures of Earnings
Recasting the Bottom Line: Pro-Forma Earnings Measures
Summary
Glossary
Notes
Problems with Cash Flow Reporting
Reporting Cash Flow
Problems with Reported Operating Cash Flow
Using Operating Cash Flow to Detect Creative Accounting Practices
Checklist for Using Operating Cash Flow to Detect Creative Accounting Practices
Summary
Glossary
Notes
Subject Index
Company Index

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