Reading Financial Reports For Dummies

Reading Financial Reports For Dummies

by Lita Epstein

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Overview

Reading Financial Reports For Dummies by Lita Epstein

Discover how to decipher financial reports

Especially relevant in today's world of corporate scandals and new accounting laws, the numbers in a financial report contain vitally important information about where a company has been and where it is going.

Packed with new and updated information, Reading Financial Reports For Dummies, 3rd Edition gives you a quick but clear introduction to financial reports–and how to decipher the information in them.

  • New information on the separate accounting and financial reporting standards for private/small businesses versus public/large businesses
  • New content to match SEC and other governmental regulatory changes
  • New information about how the analyst-corporate connection has actually changed the playing field
  • The impact of corporate communications and new technologies
  • New examples that reflect current trends
  • Updated websites and resources

Reading Financial Reports For Dummies is for investors, traders, brokers, managers, and anyone else who is looking for a reliable, up-to-date guide to reading financial reports effectively.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118761939
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 224,240
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lita Epstein, MBA, helps people develop business and personal financial and investing skills. She designs and teaches online courses on bookkeeping, accounting, and starting a business. She is the author of more than 30 books, including Bookkeeping For Dummies and Trading For Dummies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Reading Financial Reports5

Chapter 1: Opening the Cornucopia of Reports 7

Chapter 2: Recognizing Business Types and Their Tax Rules 19

Chapter 3: Public or Private: How Company Structure Affects theBooks 27

Chapter 4: Digging into Accounting Basics 41

Part II: Checking Out the Big Show: Annual Reports 57

Chapter 5: Exploring the Anatomy of an Annual Report 59

Chapter 6: Balancing Assets against Liabilities and Equity73

Chapter 7: Using the Income Statement 89

Chapter 8: The Statement of Cash Flows 105

Chapter 9: Scouring the Notes to the Financial Statements119

Chapter 10: Considering Consolidated Financial Statements137

Part III: Analyzing the Numbers 149

Chapter 11: Testing the Profits and Market Value 151

Chapter 12: Looking at Liquidity 169

Chapter 13: Making Sure the Company Has Cash to Carry On 179

Part IV: Understanding How Companies Optimize Operations191

Chapter 14: How Reports Help with Basic Budgeting 193

Chapter 15: Turning Up Clues in Turnover and Assets 203

Chapter 16: Examining Cash Inflow and Outflow 215

Chapter 17: How Companies Keep the Cash Flowing 225

Part V: The Many Ways Companies Answer to Others 233

Chapter 18: Finding Out How Companies Find Errors: The AuditingProcess 235

Chapter 19: Digging into Government Regulations 245

Chapter 20: Creating a Global Financial Reporting Standard257

Chapter 21: Checking Out the Analyst–CorporationConnection 267

Chapter 22: How Companies Communicate with Shareholders 279

Chapter 23: Keeping Score When Companies Play Games with Numbers293

Part VI: The Part of Tens 315

Chapter 24: Ten (+1) Financial Scandals That Rocked the World317

Chapter 25: Ten Signs That a Company’s in Trouble 327

Glossary 333

Index 341

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Reading Financial Reports for Dummies 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the things I don't like about the "dummies" books is that frequently, in order to be politically correct, they will automatically seek out a woman to write the book instead of just seeking out the most qualified person they can find. From reading the "about the author" section in the book, it appears that she doesn't have very much actual work experience in the field of corporate finance. "After receiving her MBA, she managed finances for a small nonprofit organization and the facilities management section of a large medical clinic." That's all? The rest of her resume contains some impressive jobs, but none of them are directly related to studying financial statements. Surely there must be at least a thousand people out there that are more qualified to write this book. The author's lack of real world experience in this specific field makes me question the integrity of the information contained in the book. I'm not saying that it's all wrong, I just don't completely trust it. Having said that, I'll finish this review by quoting my favorite passage from the book, on page 105: "The calculation for earnings per share is relatively simple. You take the number of outstanding shares and divide it by the net earnings." Oops! Actually, to calculate earnings per share, you take net earnings and divide it by the number of outstanding shares. I guess it's not so simple after all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book to prepare myself for a Managerial Accounting course. It is a great primer for anyone who would like to become familiar with the terminology and jargon associated with managerial accounting. The error noted by the "Anonymous" reviewer from 2009 (The page 105 calculation of earnings per share) does not exist in the 2013 version of the book.
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SILVERBULLIT More than 1 year ago
AN EXCELLENT TOOL. CONCISE AND WELL ORGANIZED. WILL PROBABLY USE THIS TOOL FOR YEARS. THE AUTHOR'S BEST FEATURE WAS EXPLAINING THE OUTCOME OR MEASUREMENT IN UNDERSTANDABLE REAL WORLD TERMS. ALLOWED ME TO CONSTRUCT A UNIVERSAL SPREADSHEET FOR ANALYSIS OF ANY PUBLIC COMPANY'S FINANCIAL CONDITION IN JUST MINUTES WITHOUT A LOT OF STRESS. REALLY HELPS TO SHINE A LIGHT IN THE CORNERS SO I CAN COMPARE TWO UNRELATED ENTITIES AND WEITGH THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES. MOST BOOKS OF THIS TYPES ARE FILLED WITH TOO MUCH UNUSABLE TECHNICAL DETAIL.
QSaaL More than 1 year ago
This book came as a total surprise to me. I did not expect the level of detail, and the simplicity with which things were explained.

I must warn you that I bought this book 3 days ago, and now at chapter 12 - Liquidity, can be quite a brain drain.

Using real world Statements on Yahoo along with this book makes it a good read for every one who understands stock markets but lacking the details.