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Reading a Balance Sheet

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Want to know how to read a balance sheet? This eBook explains what a balance sheet is and the role it plays in providing a picture of the financial status of a company.
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This eBook you will give you a thorough understanding of the balance sheet, a powerful decision-making tool that every manager should be familiar with. It explains how assets, liabilities and equity are defined and documented and how its fits in with other key financial documents.

It describes how it can be used to determine an organization's liquidity and solvency, as well as, explaining how to perform a vertical and horizontal common size analyses to detect changes in an organization's financial status.

This eBook you will give you a thorough understanding of the balance sheet, a powerful decision-making tool that every manager should be familiar with.

You will learn:

  • Exactly how assets, liabilities, and equity are defined and documented
  • How to use a balance sheet to determine an organization’s liquidity and solvency
  • How the balance sheet and other key financial documents fit together
  • How to perform vertical and horizontal common-size analyses to detect changes in an organization’s financial status
  • How to assess the ability of an organization’s management by using key financial ratios
  1. Assets, Liabilities, and Equity
    1. Simple Balance Sheet Example
    2. A More Complex Balance Sheet
  2. Understanding Assets
    1. Current Assets
    2. Inventory/Stock
    3. Prepaid Expenses
    4. Property and Equipment
    5. Accumulated Depreciation
    6. Other Assets
  3. Understanding Liabilities
    1. Current Liabilities
    2. Long-term Liabilities
  4. Understanding Equity
  5. What a Balance Sheet Tells You
    1. Liquidity and Solvency
    2. Tangible Versus Intangible Assets
    3. Performing a Common-Size Analysis
    4. Other Key Ratios
  6. Summary
  7. References
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About the Author

Paul Newton

Paul Newton has worked in IT and Project management for over 30 years and has also developed several internet based enterprises. He was a co-founder and director of ITT Ltd where he was responsible for the development and marketing of software-based management training tools. Clients included Microsoft, IBM, Pfizer, Sun Microsystems, UK National Health, Ministry of Defence, Barclays and many other internationally known organisations.

Prior to that, he worked as an IT consultant specialising in developing IBM mainframe software for many of the company's clients including: Rockwell, Severn Trent Water, SWEB, SWALEC, and Eagle Star Insurance.

He also owns www.psychometric-success.com, a leading provider of practice aptitude tests. This website helps over a million people per year to pass job selection tests including: numerical, verbal, abstract, spatial and mechanical reasoning tests. It has 16 free practice tests available to download - visit www.psychometric-success.com.

You can contact him at paul@free-management-ebooks.com, paul@psychometric-success.com or via his personal blog www.pcnewton.com.