By Howard Schilit, Jeremy Perler
From the “ Sherlock Holmes of Accounting,” the instruments you want to remain a step prior to the crooks
“Howard Schilit is the authority on forensic accounting. Financial Shenanigans is precious examining for industry individuals trying to establish misleading habit in corporation monetary statements.” Julian Robertson, mythical investor and founder, Tiger Management
“A must-read! The authors train forensic financial plan research in an easy-to-digest structure with plenty of warfare tales. bound to aid traders of their quest to prevent ticking time bombs of their portfolios.”
Marc A. Siegel, board member, monetary Accounting criteria Board
“This is a undying advisor to raised know the way monetary malfeasance should be noticed early. Financial Shenanigans teaches we all fraud-detection-made-easy.”
Jules Kroll, pioneering inner most investigator and founding father of Kroll affiliates and K2 Global
“Required examining for each investor who wants to keep away from monetary losses. This new version is a vintage and higher than ever.”
Thornton L. O’glove, writer, Quality of Earnings
“If the unique Financial Shenanigans used to be the Bible of detecting accounting frauds, then this most modern model is the Talmud of cooked books. Regulators, audit committee participants, and company reporters might be required to learn this paintings in the event that they are desirous about public companies.”
Boris Feldman, accomplice, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto
“An incisive and exciting overview of the recipes utilized by agencies and bosses to ‘cook the books.’ It’s a must-read for traders, attorneys, company administrators, and a person else attracted to the integrity of the accounting and governance process.”
Joseph A. Grundfest, professor of legislations and company and codirector, Rock heart on company Governance, Stanford legislation School
About the Book:
With significant monetary scandals shooting up in better numbers―and with extra unavoidably at the way―it hasn't ever been extra very important that you should comprehend what cheating businesses do to trick traders. because the early Nineteen Nineties, Financial Shenanigans has been assisting traders unearth misleading monetary reporting on the most important time― prior to they undergo significant losses.
Now, the 3rd version broadens its concentration to incorporate the most recent, so much subtle recommendations businesses use to deceive investors.
Referred to because the “Sherlock Holmes of Accounting” by way of BusinessWeek, Howard Schilit and popular forensic accounting specialist Jeremy Perler take you deeper into the company bag of methods, exposing new degrees of accounting gimmickry and arming you with the investigative instruments you must detect:
- Earnings Manipulation Shenanigans: study the newest tips businesses use to magnify profit and profits.
- Cash stream Shenanigans: realize new options devised via administration that permit it to govern funds move as simply as profits.
- Key Metrics Shenanigans: See how businesses use deceptive “key”metrics to idiot traders approximately their monetary performance.
Financial Shenanigans brings you thoroughly brand new on accounting chicanery within the international markets, shining a gentle at the so much surprising frauds and fiscal reporting miscreants. This insightful, special consultant written via well-known specialists at the topic offers the information and instruments you want to spot even the main refined symptoms of economic shenanigans.
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