Statement of Cash Flows

Financial Literacy for Business Owners

If you are a business owner you may already be financially literate, but just how strong is that literacy? Even if you are there are likely some things your CFO, Controller, or in-house accountant can do to improve your understanding of your financial situation. On the other hand if you aren’t financially literate then these same people should be helping you to become so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Every Business Needs Accounting Done Right

Whether you’re a sole proprietor or a multi-employee small company, every business needs accounting done right. In the article Does a Part-time CFO Makes Sense? I touched on this issue, but let’s look a little deeper. Read the rest of this entry »

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Know What Causes Your Cash Balance

Do you really know what causes your cash balance? I suspect many people don’t really stop to consider this.

It’s Not the Cash

In the blog Cash Management-It’s Not About the Cash Account I wrote about this some, but now I want to reemphasize what I think is often overlooked. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cash is a Necessity and Not a Luxury

Some companies think they are financially strong because they have lots of assets. But the makeup of those assets makes a big difference. What do I mean by that?

Can You Spend It

I touched on this earlier in the posting Read the rest of this entry »

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Unnecessary Spending

If we look closely we can see personal spending that was unnecessary. In business it can be more difficult to identify unnecessary spending. Ever wonder why? Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Measurements that Matter

In business we typically measure a lot of things, but when it comes to financial information are we making and utilizing financial measurements that matter?

What Does That Mean?

To understand what I’m referring, let’s look back at the posting Some Key Financial Indicators where we briefly considered Read the rest of this entry »

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Make Profit Count

Ever wondered why a company that seemed to be doing so well suddenly failed? Often times the reason is that management took their eyes of the ball, with the ball being defined as cash. I touched on this earlier in Cash Flow – The Bottom Line. Basically the issue comes down to realizing that in order to make profit count it is essential that profit is converted to cash.

Cash is Critical

Without adequate cash a company will be hard-pressed to pay bills. I’ve had clients and been an employee of companies that were very profitable on paper. But, that’s on paper only. If you looked only at Read the rest of this entry »

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Misleading Financial Indicators

What do crime statistics and business metrics have in common? I was recently reading about the possible manipulation of statistics for a city’s crime rates, and that got me to thinking about how a similar thing happens with a business’s financial indicators.

Like What?

Sometime a particular statistic is highly misleading. For example, a manager who is responsible for increasing sales may indeed be able to report that Read the rest of this entry »

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Actual Company Debt

Do you really know your actual company debt? This may seem like a silly question, but there is more to it than you may think. Let me explain.

Leases

There is a proposal from U.S. and international accounting regulators to change how a company should record and account for what is referred to as operating leases. Here I just want to consider the impact on the lessee. First, let’s look at some Read the rest of this entry »

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Understanding the Statement of Cash Flows

A number of my recent postings have been related to definitions of financial terms, financial ratios, and how to make use of them. Among these, a large percentage related to cash and the various things that impact it. In my posting Cash Management-It’s Not About the Cash Account I pointed that to manage cash we needed to get away from focusing so much on the cash account. To understand how cash is generated and used, let’s take a look at the flow of activity that impacts the cash balance. Understanding the statement of cash flows will help accomplish that. Read the rest of this entry »

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