Reading Financial Reports For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Lita Epstein

Reading Financial Reports For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Lita Epstein
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Reading Financial Reports For Dummies, 2nd Edition

by Lita Epstein


Adobe E-Book 384 pages January 2009

The second edition includes over 25 percent new and updated information including:

New information on the separate accounting and financial reporting standards for private/small businesses versus public/large businesses

Updated information that reflects the 2007 law on international financial reporting standards

New content to match SEC and other governmental regulatory changes over the past three years

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 the current trends

Updated websites and resources


Lita Epstein, MBA, is a seasoned financial writer who focuses on helping people understand the complex worlds of money and finance. She was a financial manager for a medical clinic and content director for a financial services Web site, She also writes for AOL's Blogging Stocks and WalletPop.


Introduction. Part I: Getting Down to Financial Reporting Basics.

Chapter 1: Opening the Cornucopia of Reports.

Chapter 2: Recognizing Business Types and Their Tax Rules.

Chapter 3: Public or Private: How Company Structure Affects the Books.

Chapter 4: Digging into Accounting Basics.

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

Chapter 5: Exploring the Anatomy of an Annual Report.

Chapter 6: Balancing Assets against Liabilities and Equity.

Chapter 7: Using the Income Statement.

Chapter 8: The Statement of Cash Flows.

Chapter 9: Scouring the Notes to the Financial Statements.

Chapter 10: Considering Consolidated Financial Statements.

Part III: Analyzing the Numbers.

Chapter 11: Testing the Profi ts and Market Value.

Chapter 12: Looking at Liquidity.

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

Part IV: Understanding How Companies Optimize Operations.

Chapter 14: How Reports Help with Basic Budgeting.

Chapter 15: Turning Up Clues in Turnover and Assets.

Chapter 16: Examining Cash Infl ow and Outflow.

Chapter 17: How Companies Keep the Cash Flowing.

Part V: The Many Ways Companies Answer to Others.

Chapter 18: Finding Out How Companies Find Errors: The Auditing Process.

Chapter 19: Digging into Government Regulations.

Chapter 20: Creating a Global Financial Reporting Standard.

Chapter 21: Checking Out the Analyst-Corporation Connection.

Chapter 22: How Companies Communicate with Shareholders.

Chapter 23: Keeping Score When Companies Play Games with Numbers.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten Financial Scandals That Rocked the World.

Chapter 25: Ten Signs That a Company¡¯s in Trouble.