Sound Investing: Uncover Fraud and Protect Your Portfolio

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Overview

Are there dangerous red flags in the financial statements you've been receiving?





Do you know how to spot signs of trouble in the financial statements of firms you've invested your hard earned dollars in? Do you know what to look for? How to find it? What to do about it? This valuable knowledge could mean the difference between retiring with a healthy portfolio and suffering the devastating fallout of a scandal such as the Enron debacle.





Sound Investing is your insurance policy against fraudulent financial reporting. Financial accounting expert Kate Mooney gives you clear, easy-to-follow direction on finding red flags in financial statements, as well as the steps to take to act on these warning signs and build a solid wall of protection around your investments. You'll discover how to:



• Interpret the financial disclosures of public corporations

• Uncover clues to fiddling on the balance sheet

• Detect truth on the income statement and statement of stockholder's equity

• Identify the ruse in notes to the financial statements

• Evaluate evidence in the annual report and SEC filings

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071481823
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/23/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Mooney, CPA, is Professor of Accounting at St. Cloud State University, where she helps run the forensic accounting program. A graduate of the Fraudwise Academy Bootcamp, Mooney has written numerous academic articles, is involved with several professional associations and societies, and has received numerous teaching awards. She is also the author of The Essential Dictionary of Accounting.





Kerry Marrer, CPA, is Director of Undergraduate Programs at St. Cloud State University, where she manages advising and curriculum issues for the College of Business.



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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
The Financial Environment-A Crime Scene?
The Financial Pressure     3
The Opportunity     11
The Rationalization     19
Background, Theories, and Concepts that Form the Framework of Accounting
Revenue Recognition     25
Cost Allocation     33
Valuation of Assets and Liabilities     37
Cash versus Accrual     45
Detecting the Truth on the Income Statement and Statement of Stockholders Equity
Revenue Hoaxes     55
Expense Dodges     67
One-Time Charges and Other Format Fakes     77
Crafty Comprehensive Income     85
Stock Account Ploys     93
Retained Earnings Evidence     99
Uncovering Clues on the Balance Sheet
Asset Scams     105
Liability Tricks     115
Classification Deceit     123
Off-Balance-Sheet Shams     129
Spotting Clues in the Notes to the Financial Statements
Significant Accounting Policies and Changes in Them     135
Related-Party Transaction Ruse     143
Contingency Caper     149
Evaluating the Evidence in the Annual Report and SEC Filings
Cash from Operations Cons     159
Management Discussion and Analysis     167
Internal Control     171
The Auditors' Opinion     177
Change in Auditors     183
Pro Forma Earnings     189
Executive Talent or Deceit     195
Glossary     201
Using EDGAR     207
Using XBRL     219
Financial Frauds/Scandals     243
Index     251
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