Video tutorials – financial statements

What is a profit warning?

Video tutorial - what is a profits warning?

Ed Bowsher explains what a ‘profit warning’ is, and how you should react if a company you own warns that profits will disappoint investors.

The best way to measure profit

Video tutorial: The best way to measure profit

There are many different ways to measure a company’s profits. But for Ed Bowsher, one method stands out in particular. In this video, he explains how it works, and why for investors, it is better than the others.

Why profit and cash are both important

Video tutorial: Why profit and cash are both important

Ed Bowsher explains the distinction between profit and cash flow. Once you understand it, you’ll be on the way to becoming a successful stock picker.

What are depreciation and amortisation?

Video tutorial: What are depreciation and amortisation?

Investors can easily be bamboozled by accounting jargon such as depreciation and amortisation. Here Tim Bennett explains what these words mean and how to deal with them.

Three ways to value a company

Video tutorial: Three ways to value a company

Valuing a company is more art than science. Tim Bennett explains why and introduces three ways potential predators and investors alike can get started.

How investors can be fooled by development costs

Video tutorial: How investors can be fooled by development costs

Biotech and pharmaceutical investors, among others, need to watch out for the way firms treat the cost of developing new products, as this can have a big impact on a firm’s results. In his fifth video in the ‘cooking the books’ series, Tim Bennett explains how.

How investors can be fooled by brands

Video tutorial: How investors can be fooled by brands

Pick up two sets of accounts for similar firms and you may find radically different numbers. Tim Bennett explains why this happens, and what you can do about it.

How investors can be fooled by long-term assets

Video tutorial: How investors can be fooled by long-term assets

In the third of his ‘cooking the books’ series of videos, Tim Bennett explains how investors can be fooled by the treatment of long-term assets, and offers a couple of solutions.

How investors can be fooled by provisions

How investors can be fooled by provisions

Tim Bennett takes a look at how companies can manipulate what accountants call ‘provisions’ to create the profit profile they want investors to see. He also explains how you can avoid being fooled.

Five ways companies can cook cash flow

Video tutorial: Five ways companies can cook cash flow

Most investors know that company directors can boost profits with crafty accounting. But can they do that with cash flow? Tim Bennett looks at five ways a firm could dupe you into thinking its cash flows are stronger than they really are.

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