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Ratios Made Simple: A beginner's guide to the key financial ratios Paperback – October 30, 2010


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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House (October 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906659842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906659844
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Leach FCCA ACA is a chartered accountant, lecturer and author of more than 40 books, mainly on financial topics. His books include The Investor's Guide to Understanding Accounts. For two years he was a judge of the Stock Exchange Awards for best published accounts. He has also written encyclopaedias on tax and payroll, and written for many magazines and newsletters, and for anyone who will pay him. www.robertleach.co.uk

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By heather on December 22, 2013
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Great little book. This is a great reference book and recomend this to anyone in the financial or accouting world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Equatorial on August 20, 2013
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I bought this as a teaching aid for my coaching practice, but feel the materials aren't sufficiently useful for practitioners- the missing element is the link to decision and action, which is how I motivate practitioners to learn. Even so, it's a useful review tool for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Let's Compare Options Preptorial TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 13, 2012
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Banks and investors used to have a stable of "Business Weakness Indicators" (BWI), or conversely, Business Strength Indicators. These are essentially ratios taken from financial statements. Most of these books have gone away since a typical P and L and balance sheet, with notes, can produce over 3,000 ratios, most of which are of no value to investors.

On the other hand, running a business is ALL about knowing these ratios, whether you're a Fortune 10 CEO or ma and pa proprietor. You can either pay $300 for a comprehensive tutorial on many ratios, or get this little gem for under $20 bucks and cut to the chase of the key "red flag" ratios! If you can get past the "pound" symbols, you'll find this well written, current, and relevant to Wall Street as well as all the other major exchanges.

There are a handful of "UK only" ratios like the "Defensive Interval" (Liquid assets + daily operating expenses/indexed to time). This gives a number between 10 and 90 days or so that shows how long you'd last with NO cash coming in. Leach laughs at this as irrelevant because it would "never happen" -- which shows his prejudice as a big company guy who didn't think of the "burn" of a start up depending on investor traunches, which CAN disappear, and suddenly at that! He does make the humorous point that if your defensive ratio is too high, you're not using your cash wisely, but hoarding it! Sounds a LOT like many worried companies in this nervous era...

Since he picked the indicator ratios most relevant to judging health from an investment perspective, you thus get the added benefit of the most important strength/weakness indicators for your financial operations.
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