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How to Read and Analyze Financial Statements


CPE Processing Fee$70.00
Webinar TranscriptionN/A
Presentation Length Hour(s)3.5 hours
CPE Credits 3.5 hours
Subject Area 3.5 - Accounting
CE Credits 0.0 hours
Course LevelBasic
Instructional MethodQAS Self-Study
Advance PreparationNone
Recorded DateJan 04, 2021
Date OfferedJan 22, 2021
Course Description

The Reading and Analyzing Financial Statements course provides detailed discussions of each of the four major financial statements individually and then introduces financial ratio analysis with an emphasis on interpreting the ratios as an integrated package. Ratio analyses are conducted on the 2017 financial statements of both Home Depot and Lowe's and introduce the ROE model and demonstrate how it can be used to provide helpful insights in the Home Depot vs. Lowe's comparative analysis.

  • Explain what a balance sheet measures and describe the basic balance classifications and accounts

  • Explain what an income statement measures and describe the basic classifications and line items

  • Explain what the statement of cash flows measures and describe the three basic classifications, especially the operating section prepared under the indirect method

  • Explain what the statement of shareholders’ equity measures and describe the different accounts that appear on it

  • Assess Home Depot’s financial condition and performance by reviewing its financial statements

  • Describe the key areas of business performance and link them to the measures provided by the financial statements

  • List, compute and interpret a set of ratios that link to the key areas of business performance

  • Analyze the differences in the financial condition and performance of Home Depot vs. Lowe’s using a set of financial ratios

  • Explain how return on equity can be broken down into its determinants and link this model to the measures of the key areas of business performance

  • Analyze the differences in the financial condition and performance of Home Depot vs. Lowe’s using the ROE model

Self-Study Course Instructions:


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Play the recording, noting the sectional guides indicating where topics on the agenda are covered and the prompts to pause video playback to respond to a review question (located below the video playback area). The timestamps for review questions are also noted below.

Upon completing the video and successfully answering all review questions, you will then take the final exam.

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Review Questions
QUESTION 1: 13:19 minutes
QUESTION 2: 2:04:35 minutes
QUESTION 3: 2:19:19 minutes
QUESTION 4: 22:59 minutes
QUESTION 5: 40:15 minutes
QUESTION 6: 44:09 minutes
QUESTION 7: 59:27 minutes
QUESTION 8: 59:27 minutes
QUESTION 9: 1:08:45 minutes
QUESTION 10: 12:30:15 minutes
QUESTION 11: 1:53:40 minutes
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  • CPAacademy self-study courses are online.
  • The self-study format allows you to a) access the material online 24/7 and b) study at your own pace.
  • Per NASBA guidelines, you have one year from date of purchase to complete each program.
  • Complete your final exam at any time and get graded instantly. You can retake the exam at no additional charge (unlimited attempts).
  • Print your own certificate of completion on the spot upon passing the exam.
  • Grading policies: a) courses have a minimum passing score 70% b) test takers will not be provided feedback on failed exams.
  • Upon achieving a passing score, test takers will be notified of the correct answers to the questions missed.

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Jamie Pratt held the Alva L. Prickett Chair of Accounting at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, for 10 years and in now holds the title of Emeritus faculty.  He received his doctorate in business from Indiana University in 1977, and has held faculty positions at the University of Washington (Seattle), the University of Zurich (Switzerland), Northwestern University and INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), returning to Indiana in 1991.

Jamie’s research interests are in financial reporting and analysis, where he has published over 30 articles in the top academic research journals (including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, and Issues in Accounting Education), and he has taught courses in financial reporting and analysis at every level (introductory, intermediate, advanced) in every program (undergraduate, MBA, PhD).  He has received over 30 teaching awards and recognitions, and also taught executive education courses throughout the world.  Research and/or teaching recognitions have also come from the following organizations: American Accounting Association, American Taxation Association, Big 4 accounting firms (KPMG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers), Indiana Society of CPAs, the Universities of Manchester (England), Kwansei Gakuin (Japan) and Kentucky, and Business Week magazine.  His resume also includes two textbooks (one in its 11th edition), two computer-based interactive case platforms, a financial analysis case book, and several instructor guides that support these products. 

He is now CEO of PRATTedu (, which produces and delivers online video-based courses, primarily in the area of financial reporting and analysis.

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