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Financial Statements

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This revised and expanded second edition of Ittelson’s master work will give you that firm grasp of “the numbers” necessary for business success. With more than 100,000 copies in print, Financial Statements is a perfect introduction to financial accounting for non-financial managers, stock-market investors, undergraduate business and MBA students, lawyers, lenders, entrepreneurs, and more.

Most introductory finance and accounting books fail either because they are written “by accountants for accountants” or the authors “dumb down” the concepts until they are virtually useless. Financial Statements deftly shows that all this accounting and financial-reporting stuff is not rocket science and that you can understand it! Ittelson empowers non-financial managers by clearly and simply demonstrating how the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement work together to offer a “snapshot” of any company’s financial health. Every term is defined in simple, understandable language. Every concept is explained with a basic, straightforward transaction example. And with the book’s uniquely visual approach, you’ll be able to see exactly how each transaction affects the three key financial statement of the enterprise.

Two new major sections with nine new chapters were added to this revised second edition of Financial Statements, simply the clearest and most comprehensive introduction to financial reporting available.

Thomas R. Ittelson, is a scientist, businessman, author, and teacher with many years of hands-on experience in business development and marking for technical companies. As a consultant to entrepreneurs, Ittelson has written business plans and prepared financial projections that have helped raise more than $500 million in start-up equity capital. Financial Statements was born from the author’s efforts to teach client entrepreneurs how to design and use financial statements in their start-up businesses.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Preface to the Second Edition
  7. Introduction
  8. Section A. Financial Statements: Structure & Vocabulary
    1. About This Section
    2. Chapter 1. Twelve Basic Principles
    3. Chapter 2. The Balance Sheet
    4. Chapter 3. The Income Statement
    5. Chapter 4. The Cash Flow Statement
    6. Chapter 5. Connections
  9. Section B. Transactions: Exploits of AppleSeed Enterprises, Inc.
    1. Chapter 6. Startup Financing and Staffing
    2. Chapter 7. Staffing and Equipping Facility; Planning for Manufacturing Startup
    3. Chapter 8. Startup of Manufacturing Operations
    4. Chapter 9. Marketing and Selling
    5. Chapter 10. Administrative Tasks
    6. Chapter 11. Growth, Profit & Return
  10. Section C. Financial Statements: Construction & Analysis
    1. Chapter 12. Keeping Track with Journals and Ledgers
    2. Chapter 13. Ratio Analysis
    3. Chapter 14. Alternative Accounting Policies and Procedures
    4. Chapter 15. Cooking the Books
  11. Section D. Business Expansion: Strategy, Risk & Capital
    1. Chapter 16. Mission, Vision, Goals, Strategies, Actions and Tactics.221
    2. Chapter 17. Risk and Uncertainty
    3. Chapter 18. Making Decisions About Appleseed’s Future
  12. Chapter 19. Sources and Costs of Capital
  13. Section E. Making Good Capital Investment Decisions
    1. Chapter 20. The Time Value of Money
    2. Chapter 21. Net Present Value (NPV)
    3. Chapter 22. Making Good Capital Investment Decisions
  14. Summary and Conclusion
  15. Appendix A. Short History of Business Fraud and Speculative Bubbles
  16. Appendix B. Nominal Dollars vs. Real Dollars
  17. Index
  18. About the Author