Getting Started in Fundamental Analysis

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Most moderate and conservative investors rely on fundamental analysis to identify potential investments. But since accounting is essential to understanding this approach, some investors tend to shy away from it. Getting Started in Fundamental Analysis offers a fresh look at the basics and provides readers the means for identifying viable investments based on financial information. The approach taken in this book includes the traditional financial tests; it then goes beyond those tests to provide realistic ...

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Overview

Most moderate and conservative investors rely on fundamental analysis to identify potential investments. But since accounting is essential to understanding this approach, some investors tend to shy away from it. Getting Started in Fundamental Analysis offers a fresh look at the basics and provides readers the means for identifying viable investments based on financial information. The approach taken in this book includes the traditional financial tests; it then goes beyond those tests to provide realistic assessments of financial information. This vital primer includes an explanation of flaws often found in the accounting industry and audited statements, sources for online financial information, confirmation tests everyone can use, and an explanation of fraud and the need to make core earnings adjustments. Michael C. Thomsett (Port Townsend, WA) is a financial writer who has written more than 60 books on investing, real estate, business, and management topics. He is the author of several Wiley books including J.K. Lasser's Real Estate Investing (0-471-39776-8) and Getting Started in Options (0-471-70712-0), now in its sixth edition. Prior to his writing career, Thomsett was a professional accountant and systems consultant

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471754466
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/21/2006
  • Series: Getting Started In..... Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 752,689
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael C. Thomsett is a financial writer who has written more than sixty books on investing, real estate, business, and management topics. He is the author of several Wiley books, including Getting Started in Rental Income, J.K. Lasser's Real Estate Investing, and six editions of the bestselling Getting Started in Options. Prior to his writing career, Thomsett was a professional accountant and systems consultant.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How Fundamental are the Fundamentals?

Chapter 1. Financial Statements and What They Reveal.

Chapter 2. Basic Stock Market Theories.

Chapter 3. The Audited Statement – Flawed but Useful.

Chapter 4. Finding Financial Information Online: Step-by-Step Explanations.

Chapter 5. How Accurate Are the Numbers?

Chapter 6. Confirmation: The Trend of the Trends.

Chapter 7. Balance Sheet Ratios: Making the Analysis.

Chapter 8. Income Statement Ratios: Tracking the Profits.

Chapter 9. The Popular P/E Ratio and How to Use It.

Chapter 10. Using Fundamental—and Technical—Analysis Together.

Chapter 11. Indicators That Go Beyond the Statements. 

Glossary.

Notes.

Index.

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    Great for learning about company fundamentals, but not blindly buying on them.

    Having conducted my own study into the effectiveness of fundamental analysis vs. technical analysis (see "Stock Fundamentals On Trial: Do Dividend Yield, P/E and PEG Really Work?") I am somewhat sceptical of books that blindly advocate picking stocks based on (apparently) sound fundamentals.<BR/><BR/>This book isn't one of them. It is, of course, a well-written easy-to-read guide to understanding company balance sheets and financial ratios; but it does also acknowledge the possible use of company fundamentals to confirm a technical price trend (and vice versa). It contains an interesting chapter on applying moving averages to financial ratios and other company data, whereas most stock market books discuss moving averages only in the context of the share price itself.<BR/><BR/>If you want to understand company fundamentals... buy this book! Just keep in mind that analysts' forecast fundamentals can be wrong, sometimes spectacularly; and that while sound fundamentals might offer good reasons to buy in to a stock, adverse price action (a technical indicator) might be an equally valid reason for getting out.

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