Financial Analysis—How to Spot Red Flags

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CFA Society Singapore
Source: CFA Institute

42:00, video webcast, recorded on 1 February 2010
Posted on 2 April 2010

Thomas R. Robinson, CFA, is managing director, Educational Division for CFA Institute. Previously Dr. Robinson was an associate professor of accounting and director of the Master of Professional Accounting program at the University of Miami. He also was also managing director of Robinson, Desmond & Zwerner, a state-registered investment advisory firm. Prior to joining the University of Miami, Dr. Robinson practiced public accounting and financial planning for 10 years, primarily with Deloitte & Touche and Pritchett Dlusky & Saxe in Columbus, Ohio. He has also served as a consultant to law firms, accounting firms, professional associations, and governmental agencies in the areas of financial statement analysis and valuation. In his academic career Dr. Robinson has won several teaching awards and has published regularly in academic and professional journals such as the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance and the Journal of Financial Planning. He is associate editor of Research in Accounting Regulation and has served on the editorial review board of several professional journals. In addition, Dr. Robinson has authored or co-authored five books, including Tools and Techniques of Investment Planning, Analysis of Equity Investments: Valuation, and Financial Statement Analysis: A Global Perspective.
Active both locally and nationally with CFA Institute prior to joining the staff, Dr. Robinson has served as a grader and a member of the Council of Examiners and has been involved in advocacy work as a member of the Financial Accounting Policy Committee and the Financial Instruments Task Force. He has been an invited speaker and moderator on numerous occasions through the Speaker Retainer Program and for other CFA Institute conferences. Additionally, he has been involved in the Global Body of Knowledge/Degree of Understanding Committee and the Global Body of Knowledge Review of FSA. Dr. Robinson has also served in various capacities, including president and board member of CFA Miami (formerly The Miami Society of Financial Analysts) and has been co-author, lead author, and consultant for curriculum readings for the CFA Program examinations.

This information is accurate as of the date of recording.



Some companies thrive. Some companies struggle. Many companies are under pressure to announce increased earnings and improved financial ratios year on year. What's real and what's not so substantial? As an analyst, investor, customer, are there signs you can spot that tell you the company is thriving or struggling? Could early warning signals have been detected in the financial reports of Enron, Parmalat, and other large companies?

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