The Financial Numbers Game: Detecting Creative Accounting Practices / Edition 1by Charles W. Mulford, Eugene E. Comiskey
Pub. Date: 09/05/2005
"So much for the notion 'those who can, do?those who can't, teach.' Mulford and Comiskey function successfully both as college professors and real-world financial mercenaries. These guys know their balance sheets. The Financial Numbers Game should serve as a survival manual for both serious individual investors and/i>
Praise for The Financial Numbers Game
"So much for the notion 'those who can, do?those who can't, teach.' Mulford and Comiskey function successfully both as college professors and real-world financial mercenaries. These guys know their balance sheets. The Financial Numbers Game should serve as a survival manual for both serious individual investors and industry pros who study and act upon the interpretation of financial statements. This unique blend of battle-earned scholarship and quality writing is a must-read/must-have reference for serious financial statement analysis." Bob Acker, Editor/Publisher, The Acker Letter
"Wall Street's unforgiving attention to quarterly earnings presents ever increasing pressure on CFOs to manage earnings and expectations. The Financial Numbers Game provides a clear explanation of the ways in which management can stretch, bend, and break accounting rules to reach the desired bottom line. This arms the serious investor or financial analyst with the healthy skepticism required to drive beyond reported results to a clear understanding of a firm's true performance." Mark Hurley, Managing Director, Training and Development, Global Corporate and Investment Banking, Bank of America
"After reading The Financial Numbers Game, I feel as though I've taken a master's level course in financial statement analysis. Mulford and Comiskey's latest book should be required reading for anyone who is serious about fundamentally analyzing stocks." Harry Domash, San Francisco Chronicle investing columnist and investment newsletter publisher
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Table of ContentsPreface.
The Financial Numbers Game.
How the Game is Played.
Earnings Management: A Closer Look.
The SEC Responds.
Financial Professionals Speak Out.
Recognizing Premature or Fictitious Revenue.
Aggressive Capitalization and Extended Amortization Policies.
Misreported Assets and Liabilities.
Getting Creative with the Income Statement: Classifications and Disclosure.
Getting Creative with the Income Statement: Pro-Forma Measures of Earnings.
Problems with Cash Flow Reporting.
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