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The Vest Pocket Controller


The all-new fast-reference problem solver

The Vest Pocket Controller is the handy pocket problem solver that gives today's busy executives and accountants the helpful information they need in a quick-reference format.

Whether in public practice or private industry, professionals will always have this reliable reference tool at their fingertips because it easily goes anywhere-to a client's office, on a business trip, or to an important lunch meeting.

Providing concise answers to the questions you are most likely to encounter during a typical business day, The Vest Pocket Controller covers:

  • The most heavily used GAAP accounting standards

  • The management areas a controller is likely to encounter

  • A variety of financial analysis topics with a particular focus on bottleneck analysis

  • Metrics a controller is most likely to need, along with helpful examples

  • The primary control systems you need to ensure your transactions are as error-free as possible

  • How to analyze capital budgeting proposals so that only truly necessary assets are acquired

Packed with practical techniques and rules of thumb for analyzing, evaluating, and solving the day-to-day problems every controller faces, The Vest Pocket Controller helps you quickly pinpoint what to look for, what to watch out for, what to do, and how to do it. Its easy-to-use Q & A format offers hundreds of explanations supported by a multitude of examples, tables, charts, and ratios.

Convenient and comprehensive, The Vest Pocket Controller is a powerful companion for the ever-changing world of the controller.

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, has been the chief financial officer or controller of four companies, as well as a consulting manager at Ernst & Young and auditor at Deloitte. He is the author of over thirty books primarily targeted toward controllers and their needs. Bragg received a master's degree in finance from Bentley College, an MBA from Babson College, and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maine.

About the Author.

Part I Accounting Standards.

One Revenue Recognition.

Two Investment Accounting.

Three Inventory Accounting.

Four Fixed Asset Accounting.

Five Debt Accounting.

Six Stockholders' Equity.

Seven Lease Accounting.

Eight Foreign Currency Accounting.

Part II Accounting Management.

Nine Closing the Books.

Ten Cash Management.

Eleven Receivables Management.

Twelve Inventory Management.

Thirteen Debt Management.

Fourteen Equity Registration.

Part III Financial Analysis.

Fifteen Financial Analysis.

Sixteen Pricing Analysis.

Seventeen Cost Reduction Analysis.

Eighteen Metrics.

Part IV Control Systems.

Nineteen Budgeting.

Twenty Capital Budgeting.

Twenty-One Control Systems.

Part V Public Company Accounting.

Twenty-Two SEC Filings.

Twenty-Three Public Company Accounting Topics.