The Financial Numbers Game: Detecting Creative Accounting Practices

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Wiley, Apr 22, 2002 - Business & Economics - 408 pages
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Praise for The Financial Numbers Game

"So much for the notion 'those who can, do-those who can't, teach.' Mulford and Comiskey function successfully both as college professors and real-world financial mercenaries. These guys know their balance sheets. The Financial Numbers Game should serve as a survival manual for both serious individual investors and industry pros who study and act upon the interpretation of financial statements. This unique blend of battle-earned scholarship and quality writing is a must-read/must-have reference for serious financial statement analysis."
-Bob Acker, Editor/Publisher, The Acker Letter

"Wall Street's unforgiving attention to quarterly earnings presents ever-increasing pressure on CFOs to manage earnings and expectations. The Financial Numbers Game provides a clear explanation of the ways in which management can stretch, bend, and break accounting rules to reach the desired bottom line. This arms the serious investor or financial analyst with the healthy skepticism required to drive beyond reported results to a clear understanding of a firm's true performance."
-Mark Hurley, Managing Director, Training and Development Global Corporate and Investment Banking, Bank of America

"After reading The Financial Numbers Game, I feel as though I've taken a master's course in financial statement analysis. Mulford and Comiskey's latest book should be required reading for anyone who is serious about fundamentally analyzing stocks."
-Harry Domash, Investing Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle and Publisher, Winning Investing

The Financial Numbers Game identifies the steps businesses may take to misstate financial performance and helps its readers to identify those situations where reported results may not be what they seem.

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Review: The Financial Numbers Game: Detecting Creative Accounting Practices

User Review  - Gabriel Lievano - Goodreads

Now I know it all from those accounting hacks. After learning the technical terms and processes it is all mostly common sense. Which is good... very much unlike say... astrology? Read full review

Review: The Financial Numbers Game: Detecting Creative Accounting Practices

User Review  - Gabriel Lievano - Goodreads

Now I know it all from those accounting hacks. After learning the technical terms and processes it is all mostly common sense. Which is good... very much unlike say... astrology? Read full review

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Charles W. Mulford is the Invesco Chair and Professor of Accounting and Eugene E. Comiskey is the Callaway Chair and Professor of Accounting in the DuPree College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Both professors have doctorates in accounting and are professionally qualified as certified public accountants. In addition to their work at Georgia Tech, they actively consult with lenders at commercial banks in the United States and abroad. Professors Mulford and Comiskey have published articles on financial reporting and analysis issues in leading academic journals in the accounting and finance fields as well as in such widely read professional journals as the Commercial Lending Review and the Financial Analysts’ Journal. This is the authors’ third book. Their first, Financial Warnings, published in 1996, identifies the warning signs of future corporate earnings difficulties. Their second, Guide to Financial Reporting and Analysis, seeks to simplify the complexities of current-day generally accepted accounting principles as an aid to practicing financial analysts and other users of financial statements.

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