How to Read a Financial Report: Wringing Vital Signs Out of the Numbers

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 22, 2009 - Business & Economics - 216 pages
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How to Read a Financial Report Seventh Edition

Financial reports provide vital information to investors, lenders, and managers. Yet, the financial statements in a financialreport seem to be written in a foreign language that onlyaccountants can understand. This Seventh Edition of How to Read aFinancial Report breaks through the language barrier, clears awaythe fog, and offers a plain-English user's guide to financialreports. The book helps you get a sure-handed grip on the profit, cash flow, and financial condition of any business.

Here's what's new in the "Seventh Edition: "

Discussion of the transition to international accounting andfinancial reporting standards

A streamlined centerpiece exhibit used throughout the book toexplain connections between the three financial statements

An integrated section on analyzing profit, cash flow, andsolvency for investors, lenders, and managers (now Part Two in thisedition)

Reflection on financial reporting and auditing in the post-Enronera

"What distinguishes Tracy's efforts from other manuals is aninnovative structure that visually ties together elements of thebalance sheet and income statement by tracing where and how a lineitem in one affects an entry in another."--"Inc."

"An excellent job of showing how to separate the wheat from thechaff without choking in the process."--"The Miami Herald"

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User Review  - Vincent - Goodreads

This was a surprisingly useful book that I've gone back to reference several times after the initial read-through. It's a good guide for students learning the basics, but also it communicates some of ... Read full review

Review: How to Read a Financial Report: Wringing Vital Signs Out of the Numbers

User Review  - Mohammad.F Jaber - Goodreads

Best part was the one about cash flow from profit and how it departs from net income, the rest was prerequisite information. Read full review


Sales Revenue and Accounts Receivable
Cost of Goods Sold Expense and Inventory
Inventory and Accounts Payable
Net Income and Retained Earnings
Cash Flows from Investing and Financing

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About the author (2009)

JOHN A. TRACY is an award-winning Professor of Accounting, Emeritus, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His other books include The Fast Forward MBA in Finance, Second Edition, Accounting For Dummies, Fourth Edition, and Accounting Workbook For Dummies, all published by Wiley.

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