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Understanding Financial Statements A Journalist's Guide

ISBN-10: 0972993738
ISBN-13: 9780972993739
Edition: 2004
Authors: Jay Taparia
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Description: Enron, Worldcom, Arthur Anderson... the list of corporations that burned out due to crooked book-keeping keeps growing. Too bad more journalists didn't have the knowledge of Jay Taparia at their disposal. Taparia, who regularly presents seminars on  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Marion Street Press, LLC
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 124
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Enron, Worldcom, Arthur Anderson... the list of corporations that burned out due to crooked book-keeping keeps growing. Too bad more journalists didn't have the knowledge of Jay Taparia at their disposal. Taparia, who regularly presents seminars on financial analysis to members of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, is a veteran financial analyst with the rare talent of also being an outstanding communicator. In this book, Taparia walks journalists through the essentials of understanding a company or organisation's financial health. He carefully explains how to evaluate financial statements, and then takes the reader behind the numbers to explain how companies formulate their financial documents and what journalists should be on the lookout for. The book is full of real-life examples of financial chicanery Taparia has encountered in his work. Understanding Financial Statements will soon be the standard among journalists and others who need to be able to critically examine the financial health of companies and organisations.

Jay Taparia, CFA regularly advises business journalists about how to analyze financial statements.

Introduction
Why Should Journalists Care About Understanding Financial Statements?
The Process of Learning Financial Statement Analysis
The Financial Reporting Game
The Rules: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
The Players: FASB, SEC, and Corporate Managers
The Pieces: Key Public Filings
The Three Key Financial Statements
The Income Statement
The Balance Sheet
The Cash Flow Statement
Dynamic Forces that Drive Financial Statements
The Economy
Industry Analysis and the Effect of Competition
Management Strategy
Ratio Analysis
The Analysis of Two Publicly Traded Newspaper Companies
Cash Flow Statement Analysis & Ratios
Short-Term Cash Flow: The Cash Conversion Cycle
Long-Term Cash Flow: Free Cash Flow Analysis
Income Statement Analysis and Ratios
Return on Equity and the DuPont Model
Common-Size Income Statements
Balance Sheet Analysis and Ratios
Common-Size Balance Sheets
Debt Level Ratios
Coverage Ratios
Looking Behind the Numbers
Limitations of Ratio Analysis
Other Risk Factors to Consider
The Process
Glossary of Accounting and Finance Terms
Web Resources
AIMR--Another Resource for the Journalist
About the Author
Index

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