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The Guide To Understanding Financial Statements

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There's no mystery to understanding company financial statements Even if you have no financial or accounting background, you can read those intimidating-looking financial statements as easily as A-B-C. The second edition of The Guide to Understanding Financial Statements, by S.B. Costales and Geza Szurovy, makes all the numbers and jargon absolutely clear. In seconds you'll spot a company's strengths and weaknesses, see how its performance measures up, and have a solid basis for judging future prospects. The ...

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Overview

There's no mystery to understanding company financial statements Even if you have no financial or accounting background, you can read those intimidating-looking financial statements as easily as A-B-C. The second edition of The Guide to Understanding Financial Statements, by S.B. Costales and Geza Szurovy, makes all the numbers and jargon absolutely clear. In seconds you'll spot a company's strengths and weaknesses, see how its performance measures up, and have a solid basis for judging future prospects. The material is so easy to grasp, you'll know it all on first reading, Discover: what a balance sheet really reveals; the true significance of a profit and loss statement; what the six most important financial ratios are, and what each can tell you; how to tell when the numbers are favorable or not; how to spot fraud; how to discover whether the stated value of certain asests is true; much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070131972
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 784,837
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Historical Development of Financial Statements 3
2 The Four Types of Financial Statements 7
3 The Nature of Business Organizations 11
4 The Balance Sheet: A Snapshot of Financial Structure 23
5 The Income Statement: Measuring Financial Performance Over Time 33
6 The Cash Flow Statement: Where Cash Comes from, Where It Goes 41
7 The Reconciliation of Net Worth Statement: Accounting for the Bottom Line 53
8 A Few Important Financial Ratios 57
9 The Operating Cycle and Its Financial Consequences 67
10 Analyzing a Set of Financial Statements 75
11 Detecting Error, Fraud, and Window Dressing 85
12 Faux Leather 93
13 Outdoor Sports, Inc. 101
14 Frank's Electrical Supply 109
15 Green Thumb Gardens 117
16 G&G Fashions 125
17 Hammerhead Hardware 133
18 The Old Mill Restaurant 141
19 Auto Tire and Recapping 149
Appendix: Using Spreadsheets to Standardize Financial Statements and to Calculate Cash Flows and Financial Ratios 157
Index 167
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