How to Read & Understand Financial Statements
Financial statements are fundamental to any business, large or small. They are actually “report cards” on the performance of the business. When reading them, you will encounter odd terminology, strange calculations, and of course, big numbers. But what insight can they give you as a manager, owner, or investor? How can you use financial statements to manage the business or be a wiser investor without having to become a CPA? And what in the world do some of those terms mean and how do you use them?
With the guidance in this book, if you can read a nutrition label or a baseball box score, you can learn to read basic financial statements.
There are four main financial statements. They are balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and statements of shareholders equity. It is important to note that a financial statement does NOT tell the complete story. Combined, however, they provide very powerful information for business owners, managers, and investors. Information is the best tool when it comes to managing and investing wisely.
This new easy to follow book will make you an expert on financial statement interpretation including: profit and loss statements (income statements), balance sheets, financial analyses, profit analyses, break-even analyses, and ratios. The book includes an extensive glossary useful lingo and hundreds of hints, tricks, and secrets about how to read these statements and use them to your advantage.