The U.S. government began standardizing and regulating financial reporting in 1929 when the stock market crash made it painfully clear that businesses often made absurd claims and that investors were either gullible, unable to verify information, or both. Now, financial reports are used by a company’s management to measure profitability (or lack of it), optimize operations and guide the company, by banks and other lenders to gauge the company’s financial health, and by institutional or individual investors interested in purchasing stock. Unless you’re financially savvy, annual reports with all those figures, frustrating footnotes, and fine print are boring and intimidating. However, once you have a fundamental knowledge of finance and its basic terminology, you can find the juicy parts. Reading Financial Reports For Dummies by Lita Epstein, a teacher of online financial courses and author of Trading for Dummies, gets you up to speed so you can: Go past the prose that can maximize the positive and minimize the negative and get information in dollars and cents Get an overview from the big three—the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows Understand the lingo and read between the lines Calculate basics like PE, Dividend Payout Ratio, ROS, ROA, ROE, Operating Margin, and Net Margin It pays for investors to be somewhat skeptical instead of gullible. Pressured to please Wall Street, companies are sometimes tempted to use “creative” accounting. You’ll discover how to: Detect red flags (that, unfortunately, aren’t emphasized in red) such as lawsuits, changes in accounting methods, and obligations to retirees and future retirees Understand the different reporting requirements for public companies and private companies with various types of business structures Analyze a company’s cash flow, a prime indicator of its financial health Scrutinize deals such as mergers, acquisitions, liquidations and other major changes in key assets Organized so you can start where you’re comfortable and proceed at your own pace, Reading Financial Reports for Dummies helps managers prepare annual reports and use financial reporting to budget more efficiently and helps investors base their decisions on knowledge instead of hype. Whether you’re in business or in the stock market, knowledge is always an asset.
Learn the basics of practical accounting easily and painlessly with Accounting For Dummies, 4th Edition, which features new information on accounting methods and standards to keep you up to date. With this guide, you can avoid accounting fraud, minimize confusion, maximize profits, and make sense of accounting basics with this plain-English guide to your accountant’s language. Understand how to manage inventory, report income and expenses for public or private companies, evaluate profit margins, analyze business strengths and weaknesses, and manage budgets for a better bottom line.
Your plain-English guide to navigating a financial accounting course Despite the economic landscape and job market, demand for accountants remains strong, and accountants will continue to see high demand for their services as the economy rebounds and businesses grow. Additionally, one of the effects of the economic downturn is a greater emphasis on accountability, transparency, and controls in financial reporting. With easy-to-understand explanations and real-life examples, Financial Accounting For Dummies provides students who are studying business, finance, and accounting with the basic concepts, terminology, and methods to interpret, analyze, and evaluate actual corporate financial statements. Covers traditional introductory financial accounting course material Explores concepts accountants and other business professionals use to prepare reports Details mergers and acquisitions purchase and pooling, free cash flow, and financial statement analysis Whether you're a student on your way to earning a bachelor's degree, MBA, or MAcc, Financial Accounting For Dummies gives you a wealth of information to grasp the subject and ace the course.
The easy way to get a handle on bookkeeping Accurate and complete bookkeeping is crucial to any business owner, but it's also important to those who work with the business, such as investors, financial institutions, and employees. Bookkeeping For Dummies provides the easy and painless way to master this critical skill. You'll get clear and concise information on keeping track of transactions, figuring out balance sheets, keeping ledgers or journals, creating financial statements, and operating accounts for businesses, along with practices and examples to hone your skills. Plus, the bonus CD includes samples of bookkeeping forms, working papers, letters, resources, and spreadsheets. Keeping track of transactions Figuring out the balance sheet Keeping a ledger and journal Creating financial statements Operating accounts for businesses Recognizing assets and liabilities Up-to-date tax information Changes in small business regulations Additional and complementary examples Demonstration problems True/false and multiple-choice questions and scenarios Whether you're a professional or a student looking to expand your skills, Bookkeeping Kit For Dummies is a one-stop resource for anyone interested in this ever-growing occupation.
Release on 2011-02-15 | by Ken Langdon,Alan Bonham,Lita Epstein
Author: Ken Langdon,Alan Bonham,Lita Epstein
Pubpsher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Company financial reports are a key resource for investors, helping them uncover priceless information about a company’s profitability, or lack thereof, from the figures as well as through other non-monetary indicators. Details of lawsuits, changes in accounting methods, liquidations, and mergers and acquisitions can all be ways of detecting red flags if you know where to look. However the jargon and financial footnotes in financial reports can be difficult to decipher, and this For Dummies guide on the subject will help readers to understand company reports and make sensible investment choices based on publicly held information. Taking you step-by-step through the finer points of financial reports, this straightforward guide will help you get to grips with the most accurate way to wade through the numbers, judge a company’s performance, and make profitable investment decisions. This UK Adaptation focuses on the UK financial market, with the FTSE index as the focus of the book.
Release on 2009-12-10 | by Jane Kelly,John A. Tracy
Author: Jane Kelly,John A. Tracy
Pubpsher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Want to become an accountant? Own a small business but need help balancing your books? Worried about managing your finances under the cloud of the recession? This hands-on workbook gets you up to speed with the basics of business accounting, including reading financial reports, establishing budgets, controlling cash flow, and making wise financial decisions. The question and answer sections encourage you to find your own solutions to challenging accounting problems - and there's plenty of space to scribble your workings out! Accounting Workbook For Dummies is the only book that makes truly light work of the financial fundamentals that many businesspeople try to bluff their way through every day. Accounting Workbook For Dummies, UK Edition covers: Part I: Business Accounting Basics Chapter 1: Elements of Business Accounting Chapter 2: Financial Effects of Transactions Chapter 3: Getting Started in the Bookkeeping Cycle Chapter 4: The Bookkeeping Cycle: Adjusting and Closing Entries Part II: Preparing Financial Statements Chapter 5: The Effects and Reporting of Profit Chapter 6: Reporting Financial Condition in the Balance Sheet Chapter 7: Coupling the Profit & Loss Statement and Balance Sheet Chapter 8: Reporting Cash Flows and Changes in Owners' Equity Chapter 9: Choosing Accounting Methods Part III: Managerial, Manufacturing, and Capital Accounting Chapter 10: Analysing Profit Behavior Chapter 11: Manufacturing Cost Accounting Chapter 12: Figuring Out Interest and Return on Investment Part IV: The Part of Tens Chapter 13: Ten Things You Should Know About Business Financial Statements Chapter 14: A Ten-Point Checklist for Management Accountants Main changes in the UK edition include: UK Accounting practice Currency UK institutions - Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise etc National Insurance, PAYE UK taxation and VAT Partnerships and Limited company information UK legal practice UK specific forms UK specific case studies
How to determine the true strength and stability of any business What's the key to multibillionaire Warren Buffett's five-decade run as the most successful investor in history? Fundamental analysis. Now, Fundamental Analysis For Dummies puts this tried and true method for gauging any company's true underlying value into sensible and handy step-by-step instructions.. In this easy-to-understand, practical, and savvy guide you'll discover why this powerful tool is particularly important to investors in times of economic downturn and how it helps you assess a business's overall financial performance by using historical and present data to forecast its future monetary value. You'll also learn how to use fundamental analysis to spot bargains in the market, minimize your risk, and improve your overall investment skills. Shows how to predict the future value of a business based on its current and historical financial data Helps you guage a company's performance against its competitors Covers evaluation of internal management Reveals how to determine if in a company's credit standing is any jeopardy Applies fundamental analysis to other investment vehicles, including currency, bonds, and commodities Matt Krantz is a writer and reporter for USA TODAY and USATODAY.COM where he covers investments and financial markets Read Fundamental Analysis For Dummies and find the bargains that could make you the next Warren Buffett!
The fast and easy way to master the art of bookkeeping If you're a business owner or an employee who manages finances, the latest edition of Bookkeeping For Dummies is for you. This handy guide gives you clear and concise information on how to keep track of accounts, prepare balance sheets, organize ledgers or journals, create financial statements, and so much more. Packed with the most up-to-date bookkeeping practices, tax information, and small-business laws, Bookkeeping For Dummies is an accessible, invaluable resource you'll turn to again and again. Accurate and complete bookkeeping is crucial to any -business owner—but jumping in headfirst without knowing your accounts from your balance sheets can confuse even the most astute businessperson. That's where Bookkeeping For Dummies helps! Written in the familiar and friendly tone that has defined the For Dummies brand for more than twenty years, this clear and comprehensive guide covers everything you'll encounter as you set out to tackle your company's books, ensuring you're on the right track and saving you tons of headaches along the way. So what are you waiting for? It's time to hit the books! Offers easy-to-follow instructions to keep track of your business' financial well-being Covers managing assets and liabilities Includes updated QuickBooks screenshots and Excel spreadsheets Provides guidance on producing balance sheets and creating financial statements Whether you're just starting out with bookkeeping—or a bookkeeper who needs to brush up on your skills—Bookkeeping For Dummies sets you up for success.