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Financial Statements
Financial Statements are the end result of the bookkeeping process and are a business's report cards.

They are a business's essential documents that provide a comprehensive view of a company’s financial health. These statements are crucial for decision-making, analysis, and compliance. Let’s explore the three primary types of financial statements:
  1. Balance Sheet:
    • The balance sheet offers a snapshot of a company’s financial position at a specific moment in time.
    • It includes three main components:
      • Assets: These represent what the company owns, such as cash, accounts receivable, and inventory.
      • Liabilities: These reflect the company’s debts and obligations, including loans and accounts payable.
      • Owner's Equity: This represents the residual interest of the owners in the company.
    • The balance sheet adheres to either Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
  2. Income Statement (Profit and Loss Statement):
    • The income statement focuses on a specific period (e.g., a quarter or a year).
    • It details the company’s revenues (from sales, services, etc.) and expenses (such as salaries, rent, and utilities).
    • By subtracting expenses from revenues, the income statement calculates the net income (profit or loss) for that period.
  3. Cash Flow Statement (CFS):
    • The Cash Flow Statement tracks how a company uses its cash.
    • It categorizes cash flows into three sections:
      • Operating Activities: Cash generated from day-to-day operations.
      • Investing Activities: Cash related to investments (e.g., buying or selling assets).
      • Financing Activities: Cash from financing sources (e.g., issuing stock, taking loans).
    • The CFS ensures transparency regarding cash management and liquidity.

Remember, these financial statements collectively provide insights into a company’s performance, financial stability, and growth potential.

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