Understanding Financial Statements
It is important to understand financial statements because they can give us a lot of information on the company and their growth. Every company that is publicly traded needs to release yearly and quarterly statements, known as the 10K and the 10Q respectively.
More broadly understanding financial statements can help us:
Help investors understand the state and health of an enterprise. Some of the factors we can learn from the statements are the growth rate, earnings per share growth, profitability, how they finance themselves and their liquidity.
Translate their activities into concrete statistics. This means that you can learn to evaluate their past performance and are better equipped to predict their future performance. It can also warn you of potential problems within the firm.
The Company Report
In this section, we will introduce you to the company report and its components. The company report can give you a lot of information on the company and usually includes a company overview and business description, the accounting policies, management discussion and analysis, updates on mergers and acquisitions, risks to the business operations and financial statements.