Introduction to the Balance Sheet

Today’s episode discusses what a balance sheet is, why it is important, and how it is made.

All financial analysis begins with a balance. Your bank accounts provide an excellent example. When you log into them or check a statement, what is the first numbers shown on them? It is the balance. Balances give us a point in time perspective. All financial reporting begins with a Balance.

And the Balance Sheet gives a number of balances, for assets–things we own–and liabilities–things we owe. Equity is the difference between the two.

The accompanying textbook Balancing Act: A Practical Approach to Business Event Based Insights, is available here for download. Specifically, look at Chapter 5, Accounting.

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