Posts Tagged ‘liability management’

Absolutes and Business Wisdom

Both absolutes and business wisdom are relevant to operating a business. Just what does that mean?

Business absolutes are things like the balance sheet must balance. Wisdom involves things that you don’t have to do but that require the ability to discern what is best. An example of wisdom is whether to use Read the rest of this entry »

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Making the Best of Bad Financial Results

Is there are way for making the best of bad financial results? I think there is. In fact, sometimes bad results can be the catalyst for major improvement.

When Bad is Good

First let me say I’m not really suggesting that bad results are good. No, the good I’m referring to has to do with Read the rest of this entry »

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A Financial Reckoning

Are your business finances in good shape or are you headed for a financial reckoning? As I observe the financial picture of our economy and in particular our government, I cannot help but wonder how long this way of operating can continue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Balanced Approach to Financial Management

I remember a partner in a small CPA firm telling a story from early in his career. He said he had been given the task of creating a balance sheet for a client. When it was in balance he declared, “It balances, so it must be correct.” Of course the balance sheet must balance, but he quickly learned there was a lot more to it than that.

Balance Does Matter

One of the first areas where a company often displays a lack of balance is on the importance of the different financial statements. The income statement shows the results of activities over a specific period of time, while the Read the rest of this entry »

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Balance Sheet | A Different Look

When you look at a family photo there is something interesting that happens. While at first you may look at the group as a whole, if you look long enough you will invariably begin to think about specific individuals in the picture. You may think about the unique traits they have they you really like or even those traits that can drive you nuts. Do you sometimes find yourself thinking how much someone adds to your family? Perhaps you are even reminded of the challenges someone presents. So, what does this have to do with a company’s balance sheet?

The Balance Sheet in Total

At first glance a balance sheet may look like just a bunch of numbers, but we know Read the rest of this entry »

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The Liquidity Trap

Sometimes financial calculations are not what they at first seem. That is, we may not be able to take them at face value. I previously discussed a little about what financial analysis can do for you in Things Financial Analysis Can Tell You. In that post two things mentioned were the current ratio and the quick ratio. Let’s look at these a little closer. To do this we’ll use Read the rest of this entry »

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Current or Long-Term Debt

There are many ways for a company to get into financial difficulties. One that is very common is misuse of debt. In a past blog, the risk of allowing accounts receivable to become overdue was discussed (see 3 Reasons Past Due Receivables May be Worthless). Also, in the blog posting 80/20 Rule for Receivables Management a way to help manage receivables was discussed. Another leading cause of financial distress is the mismanagement of inventory. See 3 Low Cost Sources of Cash – Part 1 for an example of the impact of this.

The problems of excess receivables and inventory are relatively easy to understand. But, the misuse of debt is a little more hidden.

What Kind of Credit Problem?

When people think of credit problems they are normally thinking in terms of Read the rest of this entry »

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