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R H Parker
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4 Oct 2007 0141032715 978-0141032719 6Rev Ed

This concise and informative guide to the financial statements of companies has been thoroughly revised and updated for this new edition.

The language of accounting and finance is presented in a clear and accessible manner. No previous knowledge of accountancy is assumed and the emphasis is on analysis and interpretation rather than accounting techniques. Referring throughout to the financial statements of actual companies, Professor Parker shows not only how to read a balance sheet but also what investors should look out for. He explains many important financial and accounting concepts, and deals with taxation, audit, profitability and return on investment, liquidity and cash flows, sources of funds and capital structure.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 6Rev Ed edition (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141032715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141032719
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Understanding Company Financial Statements (6th edition, 2007) is probably much less of a useful book now as an introduction to company financial statements as it once was. It is short on analysis (see below). It's very concisely written and it's a very slim sleek book which can fit into a handbag or satchel. It's very light at only 150 pages and the text is minimal and easy to read. I remember thinking it was really very good. I am just disappointed at the current recommended retail price (it's a bit pricey) and I understand that the RRP shot up by nearly GBP5.00 between this edition (the sixth edition - published in 2007) and the last edition (the fifth edition). There are books with triple the pages of this book and more detail yet priced only at GBP7.99. This book is also in need of an update after four years (I write this review in 2011) yet it is still priced at over RRP12.00 even though it is of limited use now. Students might be forgiven for thinking that they might as well pay a bit more and go for the more detailed books on financial statements priced above GBP20.00, where there is certainly more analysis than in this book.

In terms of analysis and understanding, this book is at times of little depth when more detail and analysis would be useful. It even neglects important concepts. For example, I would have liked to see more analysis on insolvency, how you can test it and substantial commentary and analysis on this. However, the only attempt to analyse insolvency is the section called "Predicting Insolvency" and it is woeful. The section comprises 11 short lines of text which go off on a tangent about a research study into predicting insolvency using a 'z' score (no explanation is given about this or what this 'z' score is).
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