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How to Read a Financial Report Wringing Vital Signs Out of the Numbers

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ISBN-10: 0471327069

ISBN-13: 9780471327066

Edition: 5th 1999

Authors: John A. Tracy

List price: $19.95
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5E-Lurking somewhere amidst all the figures in a financial report is vitally important information about where a company has been and where it is headed. But without a guide to isolate and interpret those numbers, the dizzying array of columns and rows doesn2t add up to a hill of beans. That2s why thousands of professionals and savvy individuals have referred to this bestselling resource that shows anyone how to make sense of all those numbers. Updated throughout, this edition features new information on tax reform, depreciation methods, spotting fraudulent reporting, and recent FASB rulings. Also, all exhibits have been made easier to follow. "If you would like to have a minimal understanding of the numbers that make up a balance sheet, income, and cash flow statement . . . then How to Read a Financial Report might be just what you are looking for. Mr. Tracy2s book explains in plain English the meaning of the major terms used in financial statements."-The Wall Street Journal "What distinguishes Tracy2s efforts from other manuals is an innovative structure that visually ties together elements of the balance sheet and income statement by tracing where and how a line item in one affects an entry in another."-Inc. magazine "An excellent job of showing how to separate the wheat from the chaff without choking in the process."-Miami Herald "A wonderful book-organized logically and written clearly. For a Fool to be an effective investor, she has to know her way around a financial statement. This book will help you develop that skill. It2s the clearest presentation of many accounting concepts that this Fool has seen."-Selena Maranjian, The Motley Fool
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/8/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 10.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Starting with Cash Flows
Introducing the Balance Sheet and Income Statement
Profit Isn't Everything
Sales Revenue and Accounts Receivable
Cost of Goods Sold Expense and Inventory
Inventory and Accounts Payable
Operating Expenses and Accounts Payable
Operating Expenses and Prepaid Expenses
Fixed Assets, Depreciation Expense, and Accumulated Depreciation
Accruing Unpaid Operating Expenses and Interest Expense
Income Tax Expense and Income Tax Payable
Net Income and Retained Earnings; Earnings Per Share (EPS)
Cash Flow from Profit
Cash Flows from Investing and Financing Activities
Growth, Decline, and Cash Flow
Footnotes--The Fine Print in Financial Reports
The Cost of Credibility--Audits by CPAs
Accounting Methods and Quality of Earnings
Making and Changing the Rules
Cost of Goods Sold Conundrum
Depreciation Dilemmas
Ratios for Creditors and Investors
A Look Inside Management Accounting
A Few Parting Comments
Index