"It's beautifully written, combining both warmth and clarity, and as easy to read as it is to understand." (Better Investing Magazine, October 2003)
"The Financial Fine Print here is readable, useful and potentially profitable!" (Barron's Magazine, December 1, 2003)
"In my opinion "Financial Fine Print" is a must-read for any investor who wants to pick his or her own stocks." (Pittsburgh Tribune, December 21, 2003)
"With a book as indispensable as this, there's no...excuse to avoid wading into the thicket of footnotes before making financial decisions." (Better Investing Magazine, December 2003)
"Financial Fine Print: Uncovering a Company's True Value is one of the most informative books ever written for investors" (From the Foreword by Thornton "Ted" Oglove)
Prudent investors want the whole story, not just the rose-colored version of events that managers tend to portray. Yet how do you uncover it, given the huge amount of available information? The trick is simply knowing where and how to look.
Financial Fine Print is a great place to start. Written by veteran financial journalist Michelle Leder, this book lays bare the accounting tricks companies use to whitewash their numbers. Using a clear, no-nonsense style and pointing out numerous scandals and red flags, Leder sheds light on the most obscure yet most essential aspect of annual reports and SEC filings: the footnotes.
With the knowledge and techniques detailed in Financial Fine Print, youll learn:
"Too many companies would prefer that you not read the footnotes," notes former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt. "That should be incentive enough to delve into them." As investor skepticism builds and the specters of Enron, Worldcom, Adelphia, and Global Crossing loom large, companies trying to prove themselves above-board have added more footnotes and documentation than ever to their reporting. This makes learning the lessons of Financial Fine Print all the more important. Because the simple fact is that if you want to own individual stocks, you need to do your homework.
I am not surprised to read many reviewers comments about how "overhyped" this book is. Having had a business relationship with the author where she displayed a complete lack of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by not impressed
Warren Buffett said Rule No. 1: Never lose money, Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No 1. This book helps readers protect their money by reading financial statements with the eye of a... Read morePublished on August 12, 2009 by Mariusz Skonieczny
As an investor and equity columnist, I often use 10-K's and 10-Q's to form an opinion on the financial health of companies. Read morePublished on July 24, 2007 by Winston Kotzan
A thoroughly enlightening and enjoyable book. Read it and you will lower the chances of losing money due to white collar crimes in the future. Read morePublished on October 1, 2006 by Guru Prasad
Very well written and a good read as far as financial books go. Focus is on investing time and effort in analyzing footnotes in 10K and 10Q statements, a much underappreciated... Read morePublished on December 29, 2004 by Dheeraj Kakar
Hard to believe that a financial how-to-book like this would be a page
turner. But, I thoroughly enjoyed this easy-to-read, timely and well
written book. Read more
If you're the type of investor who loved Quality of Earnings, this is a must read! It's smart and sophisticated, yet easily understandable for even novice investors. Read morePublished on February 25, 2004
Financial Fine Print is an essential book for the small investor. It takes the fear and intimidation out of reading financial footnotes. As a CPA I found it very enlightening. Read morePublished on October 6, 2003 by Kevin G. Wilson, CPA