10 Minute Guide to Annual Reports and Prospectuses
Understanding what an annual report or prospectus is trying to state can be daunting for the uninitiated. This guide translates complex accounting terms into easy-to-follow language that will help investors get the most out of annual reports and prospectuses. Full of definitions and investment hints, this easy-to-follow guide will help both experienced and novice investors.
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accounting method accounting principles accounts receivable accrual accounting Accrued Amortization amount assets and liabilities audit auditor's opinion balance sheet benefits Beware bonds capital lease cash flow change in accounting common stock common stockholders company's business company's financial position current assets current liabilities Current ratio Deferred tax discontinued operations dividends earnings per share employee equity Factory overhead financial reporting financial statements footnotes fund annual reports fund's GAAP historical cost income statement items income taxes increase industry intangible assets Intel Corporation interest expense interest rate inventory turnover investment decisions investor LIFO long-term debt loss means the company ments MINUTE GUIDE mutual fund annual Noncurrent liabilities obligations Operating leases Owners pany payments pension plan percent portfolio PP&E preferred stock reports and prospectuses restricted cash retained earnings risk sales revenue SG&A shareholders Significant Accounting Policies Statement of Cash transactions treasury stock typically U.S. dollars Unearned Revenue