The Edgar Online Guide to Decoding Financial Statements: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Becoming a Savvy Investor

J. Ross Publishing
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Despite the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley, navigating through a company’s financial statements can still be a tricky proposition. The EDGAR Online Guide to Decoding Financial Statements covers not only how to find the red flags but also how to find the signs of underlying financial strength. It is absolutely critical to have the necessary tools for effective analysis. Clear and accessible, written in an easily readable, step-by-step style that hits every key element, this book gives you those tools. It will not be long before you can easily maneuver through financial statements. There has not been a relevant financial statement analysis book for the average investor since early 2001 and investing has changed markedly since then.
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Tom Taulli is an investment banker and entrepreneur from Newport Beach, CA. The author of Investing in IPOs and The M&A Handbook, Taulli is also a regular contributor to print and online resources including Motley Fool, CBS Marketwatch, and others. He has also been a guest commentator on CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg TV. 

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J. Ross Publishing
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Mar 15, 2004
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312
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ISBN
9781932159288
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English
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Business & Economics / Investments & Securities / General
Business & Economics / Personal Finance / Investing
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Table of Contents Introduction
Chapter 1: The Mission
Chapter 2: Legal Structure
Chapter 3: The Product
Chapter 4: Raising Capital
Chapter 5: The Pitch
Chapter 6: Deal Terms
Chapter 7: Go-to-Market
Chapter 8: The Financials
Chapter 9: The Business Model
Chapter 10: Being a Great CEO
Chapter 11: The Team
Chapter 12: M&A
Chapter 13: Selling Your Company
Chapter 14: The IPO
Chapter 15: Wealth Management
Chapter 16: Conclusion
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