Financial Shenanigans, Fourth Edition: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks and Fraud in Financial Reports

Financial Shenanigans, Fourth Edition: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks and Fraud in Financial Reports

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The bestselling classic from the "Sherlock Holmes of Accounting"-updated to reflect the key case studies and most important lessons from the past quarter century.
This fourth edition of the classic guide shines a light on the most shocking frauds and financial reporting offenders of the last twenty-five years, and gives investors the tools they need to detect:
*Corporate cultures that incentivize dishonest practices*The latest tricks companies use to exaggerate revenue and earnings*Techniques devised by management to manipulate cash flow as easily as earnings*Companies that use misleading metrics to fool investors about their financial performance*How companies use acquisitions to hide deterioration in their underlying business
This new edition focuses on the key case studies and most important lessons from the past quarter century, and brings you up to date on accounting chicanery in the global markets. Howard Schilit and his team of renowned forensic accounting experts expose financial reporting miscreants and unveil the latest methods companies use to mislead investors. You'll learn everything you need to know to unearth deceptive reporting and avoid costly mistakes.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 33mm | 569g
  • OH, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th edition
  • 126011726X
  • 9781260117264
  • 9,686

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"It's so much easier to be a good investor if you can avoid problems. This book is required reading for all investors who wish to enhance their forensic intuition. Howard, Jeremy and Yoni use excellent and powerful vignettes to illustrate how to detect accounting trickery and financial deception."--Philippe Laffont, Founder, Coatue Management
"Howard Schilit and his team are true experts at identifying deceptive and manipulative accounting. Financial Shenanigans is an invaluable resource for every discerning investor."--Chase Coleman, Founder, Tiger Global Management
"The name Howard Schilit is synonymous with accounting forensics. Earlier editions of this book were my go-to reference for fraud detection techniques and illustrative case studies. This latest edition adds important new insights on acquisition-related gimmickries. It is a must-have resource for all serious investors." -- Charles M. C. Lee, Moghadan Family Professor of Management and Professor of Accounting, Stanford Graduate School of Business
"Though Accounting is surely the language of business, Howard is the master of teaching investors how to read between the lines."--Joel Greenblatt, Managing Principal, Gotham Asset Management
"A must-read! The authors teach forensic financial statement analysis in an easy-to-digest format with lots of war stories. Guaranteed to help investors in their quest to avoid ticking time bombs in their portfolios." --Marc A. Siegel, board member, Financial Accounting Standards Board
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Table of contents

Preface: Reflections on My Last 25 Years

Part One: Establishing the Foundation

Chapter 1: 25 Years of Shenanigans

Chapter 2: Just Touch Up the X-Rays

Part Two: Earnings Manipulation Shenanigans

Chapter 3: Earnings Manipulation Shenanigan No. 1: Recording Revenue Too Soon

Chapter 4: Earnings Manipulation Shenanigan No. 2: Recording Bogus Revenue

Chapter 5: Earnings Manipulation Shenanigan No. 3: Boosting Income with One-Time or Unsustainable Activities

Chapter 6: Earnings Manipulation Shenanigan No. 4: Shifting Current Expenses to a Later Period

Chapter 7: Earnings Manipulation Shenanigan No. 5: Employing Other Techniques to Hide Expenses or Losses

Chapter 8: Earnings Manipulation Shenanigan No. 6: Shifting Current Income to a Later Period

Chapter 9: Earnings Manipulation Shenanigan No. 7: Shifting Future Expenses to the Current Period

Part Three: Cash Flow Shenanigans

Chapter 10: Cash Flow Shenanigan No. 1: Shifting Financing Cash Inflows to the Operating Section

Chapter 11: Cash Flow Shenanigan No. 2: Moving Operating Cash Outflows to Other Sections

Chapter 12: Cash Flow Shenanigan No. 3: Boosting Operating Cash Flow Using Unsustainable Activities

Part Four: Key Metrics Shenanigans

Chapter 13: Key Metric Shenanigan No. 1: Showcasing Misleading Metrics that Overstate Performance

Chapter 14: Key Metric Shenanigan No. 2: Distorting Balance Sheet Metrics to Avoid Showing Deterioration

Part Five: Acquisition Accounting Shenanigans

Chapter 15: Acquisition Accounting Shenanigan No. 1: Artificially Boosting Revenue and Earnings

Chapter 16: Acquisition Accounting Shenanigan No. 2: Inflating Reported Cash Flow

Chapter 17: Acquisition Accounting Shenanigan No. 3: Manipulating Key Metrics

Part Six: Putting it all Together

Chapter 18: The Unraveling

Chapter 19: The Forensic Mindset


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About Howard Schilit

Dr. Howard Schilit is a pioneer in the field of detecting accounting tricks in corporate financial reports that mislead investors. He is the author of Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports, now in its 3rd Edition. Howard was the founder and CEO of CFRA, a global forensic accounting research organization. He has been a leading spokesman before the US Congress, the SEC, and global media outlets about the causes and early warning signs of accounting tricks in public filings. Dr. Schilit began his career as an Associate Professor of Accounting at American University and continues to teach and lecture all over the world. Dr. Schilit holds his doctorate in Accounting from the University of Maryland.

Jeremy Perler, CFA, CPA, is the Director of Research at Schilit Forensics and co-author of Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports (3rd edition, 2010). Previously, Jeremy served as the in-house Forensic Accounting Analyst for Coatue Management, a long/short equity hedge fund; Director of Research for CFRA; and auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition, Mr. Perler serves on the FASB's Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC) as a representative of the Investor Community. Jeremy holds a Master of Accounting and a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
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