3 Ways To Understand Financial Statement

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3 Ways To Understand Financial Statement

CFO Tech Outlook | Sunday, January 19, 2020

It isn't very easy to find the correct financial information you are seeking until you know the right way to read and analyze the financial statements. Here are some tips for analyzing and understanding financial statements.

FREMONT, CA: Financial statements are also known as the report card of a business. To get a full and accurate understanding of finances, every new investor, a small business owner, and an executive should learn how to read, analyze, and create financial statements. Financial statements will inform that how much money the operation has stashed away, how much debt is owed, the income and the expenses going out the door.

Here are some ways listed to read and understand financial statements:

The Annual Report

An annual report of a company consists of all the financial statements which are needed to understand a company. Before buying a stock in a company, the buyer can request the annual report for free. Average readers can easily understand yearly reports. These reports directly address to shareholders as opposed to addressing regulators with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It may also include a letter from the CEO, explaining the successes and shortcomings of the past year in simple language. In order to get a clear picture of a company's overall financial health, it is essential to read both the annual shareholder report and 10K filing.

10K and the Financial Statements

A company needs a special collection of financial statements known as 10 K to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission annually. It includes both an income statement and a balance sheet, so that is why it consists of much more information than the annual report. These statements provide all the minute details regarding debt obligations, deferred taxes, short-term loans, or overhead costs. The documents of publicly traded companies are legally provided; if not, one can easily access them directly through the company's site or from government agency websites.

How to Analyze the Balance Sheet

The balance sheet provides information regarding assets, liabilities, and net worth or book value. It is not easy to understand a balance sheet as so much valuable information is packed into each line. To discuss a company's financial health, all the ratios and figures are calculated from the balance sheet.

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