The EDGAR Online Guide to Decoding Financial Statements

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Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Becoming a Savvy Investor
By Tom Taulli
Softcover, 6×9, 288 pages
ISBN: 1-932159-28-2
March 2004

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Despite the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley, navigating through a company’s financial statements can still be a tricky proposition. The EDGAR Online Guide to Decoding Financial Statements covers not only how to find the red flags but also how to find the signs of underlying financial strength. It is absolutely critical to have the necessary tools for effective analysis. Clear and accessible, written in an easily readable, step-by-step style that hits every key element, this book gives you those tools. It will not be long before you can easily maneuver through financial statements. There has not been a relevant financial statement analysis book for the average investor since early 2001 and investing has changed markedly since then.

Key Features

  • Presents a real-world look at how the financial system works and how it shapes financial statements


  • Contains in-depth coverage of the Big Three: income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement


  • Includes anecdotes from the giants of financial analysis, such as Warren Buffett, Bill Miller, Benjamin Graham and James Chanos


  • Explores cutting-edge issues such as dealing with intangibles (patents and copyrights), Sarbanes-Oxley legislation and the emergence of environmental annual reports


  • Offers downloadable tools for analyzing company’s financial statements — available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center at

About the author(s)

Tom Taulli is an investment banker and entrepreneur from Newport Beach, CA. The author of Investing in IPOs and The M&A Handbook, Taulli is also a regular contributor to print and online resources including Motley Fool, CBS Marketwatch, and others. He has also been a guest commentator on CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg TV.

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“If you are seriously interested in not making the same mistakes many investors did in the late 90s, then The EDGAR Online Guide to Decoding Financial Statements is the book for you.”

– Nathan Richardson, General Manager, Yahoo! Finance

“After all that has happened over the past few years, The EDGAR Online Guide to Decoding Financial Statements helps investors think for themselves rather than consistently relying on the advice of others.”

– Vance Wells, Founder, CallStreet LLC