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Financial Intelligence A Manager's Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean

ISBN-10: 1422144119
ISBN-13: 9781422144114
Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $48.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 3/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.386

Jason Stearnshas been working on the conflict in the Congo for the past ten years. In 2008 he was named by the UN Secretary General to lead a special UN investigation into the violence in the country. He has also worked for a Congolese human rights group, for the United Nations peacekeeping operation, and for the International Crisis Group. He is currently completing a PhD at Yale University.

Preface: What Is Financial Intelligence?
The Art of Finance (And Why It Matters)
You Can't Always Trust the Numbers
Spotting Assumptions, Estimates, and Biases
Why Increase Your Financial Intelligence?
The Rules Accountants Follow-and Why You Don't Always Have To
Toolbox: Getting What You Want; The Players and What They Do; Reporting Obligations of Public Companies
The (Many) Peculiarities of the Income Statement
Profit Is an Estimate
Cracking the Code of the Income Statement
Revenue: The Issue Is Recognition
Costs and Expenses: No Hard-and-Fast Rules
The Many Forms of Profit
Toolbox: Understanding Variance; Profit at Nonprofits; A Quick Review: "Percent of" and "Percent Change"
The Balance Sheet Reveals the Most
Understanding Balance Sheet Basics
Assets: More Estimates and Assumptions (Except for Cash)
On the Other Side: Liabilities and Equity
Why the Balance Sheet Balances
The Income Statement Affects the Balance Sheet
Toolbox: Expense? Or Capital Expenditure?; The Impact of Mark-to-Market Accounting
Cash Is King
Cash Is a Reality Check
Profit ≠ Cash (and You Need Both)
The Language of Cash Flow
How Cash Connects with Everything Else
Why Cash Matters
Toolbox: Free Cash Flow; Even the Big Guys Can Run Out of Cash
Ratios: Learning What the Numbers are Really Telling You
The Power of Ratios
Profitability Ratios: The Higher the Better (Mostly)
Leverage Ratios: The Balancing Act
Liquidity Ratios: Can We Pay Our Bills?
Efficiency Ratios: Making the Most of Your Assets
The Investor's Perspective: The "Big Five" Numbers and Shareholder Value
Toolbox: Which Ratios Are Most Important to Your Business?; The Power of Percent of Sales; Ratio Relationships; Different Companies, Different Calculations
How To Calculate (And Really Understand) Return on Investment
The Building Blocks of ROI
Figuring ROI: The Nitty-Gritty
Toolbox: A Step-by-Step Guide to Analyzing Capital Expenditures; Calculating the Cost of Capital; Economic Value Added and Economic Profit-Putting It All Together
Applied Financial Intelligence: Working Capital Management
The Magic of Managing the Balance Sheet
Your Balance Sheet Levers
Homing In on Cash Conversion
Toolbox: Accounts Receivable Aging
Creating a Financially Intelligent Company
Financial Literacy and Corporate Performance
Financial Literacy Strategies
Financial Transparency: Our Ultimate Goal
Toolbox: Understanding Sarbanes-Oxley
Appendix: Sample Financials
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Authors

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