Understanding Financial Statements A Journalist's Guide
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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Marion Street Press, LLC
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Jay Taparia, CFA regularly advises business journalists about how to analyze financial statements.
|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|
|Industry Analysis and the Effect of Competition|
|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|
|Looking Behind the Numbers|
|Limitations of Ratio Analysis|
|Other Risk Factors to Consider|
|Glossary of Accounting and Finance Terms|
|AIMR--Another Resource for the Journalist|
|About the Author|