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Applying the asset-liability formula a quick assessment is made of equity. If the equity balance is broken up in stockholders funds or capital less retained income a current profit is swiftly established before even looking at income or expense items! An income statement should then be preferably be build from "the bottom up". The profit or loss should then be adjusted (added) to expenses and a revenue figure will be determined. If any variances are identified at this juncture it is an income statement problem not the balance sheet. Balance sheet information is sacrosanct. Financial Statement Basics: The Balance Sheet The Canadian Balance Sheet shows the financial position of an entity which is why this statement is commonly referred to as The Statement of Financial Position." The first key point to note is that the balance sheet is prepared to show the company s position at a specified single point in time (Example as of December 31st 20xx) whereas other financial statements such as the Income Statement are reported to show the company s operational performance for a specified length of time such as "for the year ended December 31st 20xx." In this example the income statement is said to cover an entire year from January 1st - December 31st which is also known as a calendar year-end. Furthermore the balance sheet consists of three important elements to consider.
Your assets are tangible items such as cash inventory buildings land and equipment as well as investments prepaid expenses and money owed to you (accounts receivable notes receivable etc.) On a balance sheet assets are listed in groups based on their liquidity. Liquidity is a measure of how quickly these assets can be converted into cash sold or consumed. Current assets - assets that one can reasonably expect to be converted into cash within a year (e.g. accounts receivable) or can be converted into cash on demand (e.g. stocks) are listed first on the left-hand side and then totaled. Fixed assets follow next - fixed assets are expected to be around a while and persist - these include buildings vehicles and equipment. Finally total assets are added-up at the bottom of the assets section of the balance sheet. Liabilities reflect all the money your business owes out to others.
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To many non-financial people the balance sheet does not make sense in any case so they gravitate to the only report that is an easy read namely the income statement. Assets and liabilities are just too complex to grasp. In the last ten years or so this has changed so much so that readers and users are advised to lend substantially more credence to the balance sheet than the income statement. This "discrimination" exacted on the income statement is so severe that some investors are encouraged to even ignore the income statement as a whole. Why is this so? It could be the fiddling with revenue figures by many now defunct corrupt corporations which reported highly profitable figures whilst these businesses were heavily indebted (liabilities) or technically insolvent. Moreover high revenues are no guarantee against bankruptcy. Historically an income statement was drawn up first and the balance sheet second. The balance sheet became the "rubbish bin" for all items that could not balance the books.