Essentials of Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers

ISBN-10: 0814416241
ISBN-13: 9780814416242
Edition: 2nd 2011
Authors: Edward Fields
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Description: As a department manager, the last thing you want to think about is numbers. But the truth is, that's the only thing your executives and senior managers are thinking about so it's crucial to understand key financial information like balance sheets,  More...

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List price: $29.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Amacom
Publication date: 3/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386

As a department manager, the last thing you want to think about is numbers. But the truth is, that's the only thing your executives and senior managers are thinking about so it's crucial to understand key financial information like balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, budgets and forecasts, and annual reports. With over 40,000 copies sold, The Essentials of Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers has long provided readers with insight into the financial fundamentals. It demystifies the role accounting and finance play in a corporation, demonstrates how financial decisions reflect business goals, and shows how managers can connect corporate financial information directly to their own strategies and actions. Now revised to reflect new accounting and financial standards, the second edition includes: * Strategies for getting your share of the budget* New case studies and practice sessions* An explanation of Sarbanes-Oxley and its relevance to nonfinancial managers* How to manage cash flow in tough times* Fraud detection tools* An expand ed glossary including up-to-the-minute business concepts and terminology* And more

Introduction
Organization of the Book
Additional Background
Accounting Defined
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Financial Analysis
Some Additional Perspectives on the Planning Process
Understanding Financial Information
The Balance Sheet
Expenses and Expenditures
Assets
Important Accounting Concepts Affecting the Balance Sheet
Liabilities
Stockholders' Equity
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Additional Balance Sheet Information
Analysis of the Balance Sheet
The Income Statement
Analysis of the Income Statement
The Statement of Cash Flows
Sources of Funds
Uses of Funds
Statement of Cash Flows
Financial Practice Review
Analyzing the Statement of Cash Flows
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles: A Review and Update
The Fiscal Period
The Going Concern Concept
Historical Monetary Unit
Conservatism
Quantifiable Items or Transactions
Consistency
Full Disclosure
Materiality
Significant Accounting Issues
The Annual Report and Other Sources of Incredibly Valuable Information
The Annual Report
The 10-K Report
The Proxy Statement
Other Sources of Information
The Securities and Exchange Commission
Analysis of Financial Statements
Key Financial Ratios
Statistical Indicators
Financial Ratios
Liquidity Ratios
Ratios of Working Capital Management
Measures of Profitability
Financial Leverage Ratios
Using Return on Assets to Measure Profit Centers
Assets
Revenue
After-Tax Cash Flow (ATCF)
Return on Assets: Its Components
Overhead Allocations
Problems That Arise from Cost Allocation
What About the IRS and GAAP?
Effect on Profits of Different Cost Allocation Issues
Decision Making for Improved Profitability
Analysis of Business Profitability
Chart of Accounts
Fixed Costs
Variable Costs
Development of Fixed-Cost Estimates
Development of Variable-Cost Estimates
Breakeven Calculation
Variance Analysis
Return on Investment
What is Analyzed?
Why are These Opportunities Analyzed So Extensively?
Discounted Cash Flow
Present Value
Discounted Cash Flow Measures
Risk
Capital Expenditure Defined
The Cash Flow Forecast
Characteristics of a Quality Forecast
Establishing the ROI Target
Analytical Simulations
Comprehensive Case Study
Additional Financial Information
Financing the Business
Debt
Equity
Some Guidance on Borrowing Money
Business Planning and the Budget
S.W.O.T. Analysis
Planning
Significant Planning Guidelines and Policies
Some Additional Issues
A Guide to Better Budgets
Preparation of the Budget
Selected Business Readings
Profitability During Tough Times
Do the Right Thing
Appendixes
Glossary
Index

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