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Working Capital and Cash Flow Analysis

Because cash is the most liquid of all assets, many managers are particularly interested in how much cash is available to a business at any given time. Because the flow of cash into and out of a business is mainly a matter of investing (purchasing assets) and disinvesting (disposing of assets), an analysis of cash flows can help measure management’s performance.

This chapter describes the process of accounting for and analyzing cash flows. Although it doesn’t replace them, the cash flow statement is a useful adjunct to income statements and balance sheets. Using tools that are available ...

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