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Financial Accounting For Dummies


Your plain-English guide to navigating a financial accounting course

With easy-to-understand explanations and real-life examples, Financial Accounting For Dummies provides you with the basic concepts, terminology, and methods to interpret, analyze, and evaluate business financial statements. Whether you're a student taking an introductory course or a business owner who needs a financial accounting initiation, this hands-on, friendly guide can help.

  • Financial Accounting 101 — get acquainted with the world of financial accounting, from the responsibilities of financial accountants to the coursework, certifications, and career options available

  • Book it — discover the process behind financial accounting, which starts with booking a company's accounting transactions using journal entries and ledgers

  • It's a balancing act — get the lowdown on the different parts of a balance sheet (assets, liabilities, and equity) and how together they illustrate a company's financial position

  • Search for profit (or loss) — navigate an income statement to study a company's revenue, expenses, gains, and losses

  • Follow the cash — find out what the statement of cash flows tells you about how a business uses its money

Open the book and find:

  • The purpose of financial accounting

  • Ethical responsibilities of financial accountants

  • What financial statements tell you about a company

  • Regulatory issues and agencies you need to know

  • Accounting methods and concepts

  • How to investigate income and cash flow

  • Different ways to analyze financial statements

  • The job (and income) outlook for financial accountants

Learn to:

  • Determine what each line of a financial statement tells you

  • Identify the various accounting concepts and methods that companies can employ

  • Recognize how investors and creditors use financial reports to make decisions

Maire Loughran, CPA, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. An adjunct professor of auditing, accounting, and taxation courses, she is also the author of Auditing For Dummies.

Part I: Getting a Financial Accounting Initiation.

Chapter 1: Seeing the Big Picture of Financial Accounting.

Chapter 2: Making Mom Proud: Financial Accounting Career Options.

Chapter 3: Introducing the Big Three Financial Statements.

Chapter 4: Acronym Alert! Setting the Standards for Financial Accounting.

Part II: Reviewing Some Accounting Basics.

Chapter 5: Booking It: The Process behind Financial Accounting.

Chapter 6: Focusing on Accounting Methods and Concepts.

Part III: Spending Quality Time with the Balance Sheet.

Chapter 7: Assessing the Balance Sheet’s Asset Section.

Chapter 8: Digging for Debt in the Liabilities Section.

Chapter 9: Letting Owners Know Where They Stand: The Equity Section.

Part IV: Investigating Income and Cash Flow.

Chapter 10: Searching for Profi t or Loss on the Income Statement.

Chapter 11: Following the Money by Studying Cash Flow.

Chapter 12: Examining Depreciation Cost Flow Assumptions.

Chapter 13: Learning about Inventory Cost Flow Assumptions.

Part V: Analyzing the Financial Statements.

Chapter 14: Using Ratios and Other Tools.

Chapter 15: Got Your Dictionary Ready? Reading Explanatory Notes and Disclosures.

Chapter 16: Studying the Report to the Shareholders.

Part VI: Feeling Brave? Tackling More Advanced Financial Accounting Topics.

Chapter 17: Accounting for Business Combinations.

Chapter 18: Accounting for Income Taxes.

Chapter 19: Accounting for Leases.

Chapter 20: Reporting Changes in Methods and the Correction of Errors.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Financial Accounting Shenanigans.

Chapter 22: Ten Industries with Special Accounting Standards.