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Dig Deeper: Ratios and Red Flags in Financial Statements: Self-guided training

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The free workshop, “Dig Deeper: Ratios and Red Flags in Financial Statements,” took place Sept. 27, 2012.

If you’ve been covering public companies for a while, you’ve probably written your share of stories about earnings and sales growth. And you’ve skimmed a myriad of SEC filings, hoping you haven’t missed some juicy story.

These sessions will give you new tools to analyze companies’ financial statements and the SEC filings known as the 10-K and 10-Q.

You’ll be able to dig deeper, analyze cash flow, utilize ratios and identify red flags. In short, you’ll be able to come up with more enterprising stories on the companies you cover.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Tom Contiliano

Tom Contiliano

  • How to analyze cash flow
  • How to use ratios to monitor the financial health of the companies you cover
  • At least four red flags in Form 10-Qs that can result in good stories
  • At least four red flags in Form 10-Ks that can result in good stories

YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Named chief of client relations for Bloomberg News earlier this year, Tom Contiliano has reported directly to Bloomberg’s editor-in-chief since 2008 on financial and operational matters. He speaks internally and externally on global accounting topics and has appeared regularly on Bloomberg Television.

MichelleLeder

Michelle Leder

Michelle Leder launched Footnoted.com (originally Footnoted.org) in 2003 to take “a closer look at the things that companies try to bury in their routine SEC filings,” according to the website. Its launch coincided with the release of her book, Financial Fine Print: Uncovering a Company’s True Value. Morningstar bought the site in 2010, but Leder bought it back in 2012.

SELF-GUIDED LESSON

Check out the resources below. At your own pace, you can walk through the self-guided lesson on tips for digging deeper into SEC filings.

Session recordings

PowerPoint presentation

Additional resources

 

About the Author

The Reynolds Center, created through generous grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas and operated by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is dedicated to improving the quality of business and economics coverage through training programs for business reporters and editors.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    If you ever have the chance to take a seminar with Bloomberg’s Tom Contiliano or Michelle Leder of Footnoted, run to sign up. Anybody who can make reading a company’s 10k seem like an Easter egg hunt knows what he or she is talking about. You have to dig into 10k’s but those speakers provide made the payoff delish.

  2. Great advice! Here are a couple more tips from Tom and Michelle.

    The skinny on data ratios (Contiliano) Data Ratios
    "Covering the Green Economy – A Western Perspective (Contiliano) Western Perspective

    Hiding in Plain Sight: Diving Deeply into SEC Filings (Leder) Diving Deeply

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