How to Read a Balance Sheet: The Bottom Line on What You Need to Know about Cash Flow, Assets, Debt, Equities, and Receivables...and How It all Comes Together

How to Read a Balance Sheet: The Bottom Line on What You Need to Know about Cash Flow, Assets, Debt, Equities, and Receivables...and How It all Comes Together

by Rick Makoujy, Paul Amadeo

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Overview

The balance sheet is the key to everything—from efficient business operation to accurate assessment of a company’s worth. It’s a critical business resource—but do you know how to read it? How to Read a Balance
Sheet
breaks down the subject into easy-to-understand components.

If you're a business owner or manager, this book helps you . . .

  • Manage working capital
  • Generate higher returns on assets
  • Maximize your inventory dollars
  • Evaluate investment opportunities

If you're an investor, this book helps you . . .

  • Determine the market value of a company's assets and operations
  • Predict future earnings and trends
  • Assess the impact of capital expenditures
  • Identify potential "red flags" before the crowd

How to Read a Balance Sheet gives you the bottom line of what you need to know about:

Cash Flow * Assets * Debt * Equity * Profit and how it all comes together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071700337
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 596,208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rick J. Makoujy, Jr., is the author of Accounting in an Hour, a 60-minute interactive DVD and e-learning course that promotes financial literacy to nonfinancial employees. He lives in Woolwich Township, NJ.

Table of Contents

Preface v

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Primer on the Balance Sheet and Income Statement 1

Chapter 2 Assets 15

Chapter 3 Liabilities 31

Chapter 4 Equity 41

Chapter 5 Basic Accounting Principles and Methods 59

Chapter 6 Finance Concepts and Tools 81

Chapter 7 Balance Sheet Utilization and Implications 105

Chapter 8 Balance Sheet Abuses 117

Chapter 9 Effective Balance Sheet Management Techniques 135

Chapter 10 The Cash Flow Statement 141

Chapter 11 Common Mistakes When Starting a Business 147

Chapter 12 Financial Statement Analysis 157

Chapter 13 Summary and Conclusions 173

Appendix Balance Sheet (End of Last Year) 177

Notes 179

Index 181

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