Company accounts

For most investors once they’ve selected a company, whether from a stock screen, newspaper or some other source, the next step is to dig in and have a look at the company’s accounting results.

You don’t need to be an accountant to do this, but you do need a reasonable idea of what the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statements are.

Once you understand those basics, this list of articles will help you use a company’s accounts to build up a picture of how it has performed over the years, as well as what its shares might be worth.

How to find shares that pay a reliable dividend

How to find reliable, profitable dividend growth

Fast dividend growers – How to find them

Taking account of Return on Capital Employed

Measuring leverage

Debt ratios and pension ratios: Connecting the dots between them

Defensive shares – An unusual way to value them

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