Banks use many accounting tricks to boost profits and fool investors. Tim Bennett reveals one of the biggest, and explains what investors should do about it.
A raft of FTSE 100 shares recently passed their ex-dividend date. Tim Bennett explains what this means, and highlights four other dates that shareholders should add to their diaries
Asil Nadir brought Polly Peck to its knees using a simple accounting trick that could still work today. Tim Bennett explains how you can avoid being caught out.
Often hidden in a company’s accounts, a cash flow statement is a vital document for making investment decisions. Tim Bennett explains what it is, and what it can reveal to investors.
Tim Bennett explains ‘mark to market – what it is, how it can make life difficult for investors, and what you can do about it.
Huge goodwill write offs by companies are very bad news for investors. Tim Bennett explains what goodwill is and how the directors can use it to pull the wool over your eyes.
Tim Bennett explains the warning signs that will help you spot a profitable company that’s about to run out of cash.
Tim Bennett explains what a balance sheet is for, including the type of information it contains, and how you can use it.
Tim Bennett explains the various ways profits can be measured, and what each one means.