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How to understand financial analysis

Author: Weiss, Lawrence A. INSEAD Area: Accounting and ControlPublisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 1998.Language: EnglishDescription: 8 p.Type of document: INSEAD CaseAbstract: Financial statements are used by a wide variety of groups as a first step in evaluating a firm's management and understanding a company's business activities. This note explains that absolute figures by themselves tell us little about whether a company is successful or how it has managed its assets and liabilities. The individual numbers must be related to one another to determine a firm's strengths and weaknesses. Ratio analysis consistently computed over time and across companies will help an analyst ask the right questions and obtain a better understanding of a fimr's past operations and more accurate predictions of future performancePedagogical Objectives: Pedagogical objectives not available
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Financial statements are used by a wide variety of groups as a first step in evaluating a firm's management and understanding a company's business activities. This note explains that absolute figures by themselves tell us little about whether a company is successful or how it has managed its assets and liabilities. The individual numbers must be related to one another to determine a firm's strengths and weaknesses. Ratio analysis consistently computed over time and across companies will help an analyst ask the right questions and obtain a better understanding of a fimr's past operations and more accurate predictions of future performance

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