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A valuable resource for any business professional, this book shows how performance metrics available from the financial statements, shareholder value creation, and the firm's market value are all tied together. It also explores earnings management, including the use of discretion by management in the preparation of the financial statements to cast a favorable picture of the financial performance and condition of the firm. Readers will then delve more deeply into the methods used to account for operating, investing, and financing transactions.
Part 1: An Overview of Financial Accounting.
1. Financial Accounting and its Economic Context.
2. The Financial Statements.
Part 2: Measurement, Mechanics, and Use of Financial Statements.
3. The Measurement Fundamentals of Financial Accounting.
4. The Mechanics of Financial Accounting.
5. Using Financial Statement Information.
Part 3: Assets: A Closer Look.
6. The Current Asset Classification, Cash, and Accounts Receivable.
7. Merchandise Inventory.
8. Investments in Equity Securities.
9. Long-Lived Assets.
Part 4: Liabilities and Stockholder's Equity: A Closer Look.
10. Introduction to Liabilities: Economic Consequences, Current Liabilities, and Contingencies.
11. Long-Term Liabilities: Notes, Bonds, and Leases.
12. Stockholders' Equity.
Part 5: Income and Flows.
13. The Complete Income Statement.
14. The Statement of Cash Flows.
A. Wal-Mart Inc. 2001 Annual Report.
B. The Time Value of Money.
C. Quality of Earnings Cases: A Comprehensive Review.