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

ISBN-10: 1591397642

ISBN-13: 9781591397649

Edition: 2005

Authors: Karen Berman, Joe Knight, John Case

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While providing the foundation for an understanding of the financial side of business, this book provides managers with practical strategies for improving their companies' performance. It also contains stories of real companies. It is useful for nonfinancial managers in their everyday work.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 1/1/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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You can't always trust the numbers
Spotting assumptions, estimates, and biases
Why increase your financial intelligence?
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
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
Cash is a reality check
Profit [actual symbol not reproducible] cash (and you need both)
The language of cash flow
How cash connects with everything else
Why cash matters
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 building blocks of ROI
Figuring ROI : the nitty-gritty
The magic of managing the balance sheet
Your balance sheet levers
Homing in on cash conversion
Financial literacy and corporate performance
Financial literacy strategies
Financial transparency : our ultimate goal
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