By Kate Mooney, Kerry Marrer
Are there harmful purple flags within the monetary statements you've been receiving?
Do you understand how to identify symptoms of hassle within the monetary statements of businesses you've invested your hard-earned cash in? have you learnt what to appear for? how to define it? What to do approximately it? This invaluable wisdom may suggest the variation among retiring with a fit portfolio and anguish the devastating fallout of a scandal akin to the Enron debacle.
Sound Investing is your insurance plans opposed to fraudulent monetary reporting. monetary accounting specialist Kate Mooney supplies transparent, easy-to-follow path on discovering pink flags in monetary statements, in addition to the stairs to take to behave on those symptoms and construct an effective wall of safety round your investments. You'll realize how to:
• Interpret the monetary disclosures of public businesses
• discover clues to fiddling at the stability sheet
• observe fact at the source of revenue assertion and assertion of stockholder's fairness
• establish the ruse in notes to the monetary statements
• overview proof within the annual record and SEC filings
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