Today is a very special episode with Dr. Howard Schilit. Dr. Schilit is the Sherlock Holmes of Accounting and helped pioneer the field of forensic. It has been 25 years since Howard M. Schilit first published Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks and Fraud in Financial. Financial Shenanigans, Fourth Edition: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks and Fraud in Financial Reports, 4th Edition by Howard Schilit and Jeremy Perler.

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Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports

To ask other readers questions about Financial Shenanigansplease sign up. Instead, the authors go to great lengths to give examples, and then explain how you can fact check the accounting of any public company. And it always has some preview for the chapters ahead.

People tell me you told this story in 93 and you told this story three times before, why do you keep writing books.

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For example, wireless telecom companies often package mobile phone service and a cell phone handset together in the same contract. The cash flow statement is not as impenetrable as investors seem to believe.

Schilit began his career as an Associate Professor of Accounting at American Scihlit and continues to teach and lecture all over the world.

Sometimes the handset is sold to the customer at a greatly discounted price or even given away for freeas long as the customer also agrees to a two-year service contract.


Failing to record or improperly reducing liabilities 6. What makes this book unique is that there is not a lot of material out there on this topic which is easily relatable to a practicing analyst.

Book ratings by Goodreads. Feb 18, Joseph rated it really liked it. Absolutely fantastic book on some of the coolest shenanigans in the recent past.

One arena for this is the business sector and especially after the IT-crash there was a sheanigans of high profile accounting scandals. The book is full of recent real life examples, some humour also presents. Nov 25, Vonetta rated it really liked it.

Reading all the details of the financial report especially the footnotes become essential to dig all the shenanigans they are playing to have a good view of what the real earning is. These items are shipped from and finsncial by different sellers. I would recommend this book, but not for beginners.

Just makes me glad I’m not going into audit as a profession. The must read for folks interested in uncovering financial statement fraud.

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It’s dhenanigans a little disheartening, though I am sure there are many honest companies and CEOs out there, as well. It has an extensive explanation for each type with examples. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. This book is a real page-turner and hard to put it down. Contact a Tech Rep s.

It costs you nothing extra and the purchase is entirely confidential. Unscrupulous people will try to trick others out of their money. The book by Howard Schilit and Jeremy Perler dives deep into the dark world of corporate accounting, blowing apart common tricks corporate accountants use to make businesses look better than they are. It really goes into accounting detail, and explains what the various financial statements are, and how to read them.


Sep 18, Robert W rated it liked it. It showed how important it is for the term “quality of earning”, when management simply has too much operational flexibility to manage the earning, and manipulate almost every single entry of hodard financial report.

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Oddly, the author has also shnanigans a few howarc remarks about the Satyam fraud. It will benefit financial world tremendously. A must read for financial analysts and investors. Explore the Home Gift Guide. For shipments to locations outside of the U.

This work contains chapters, data, and research that reveal contemporary shenanigans that have been known to fool even veteran researchers. A solid basic book on what to look for when analyzing the shenanigans of a company. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

All of that should be intuitive.