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Podcast 156: Financial Intelligence

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Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting speaks to Joe Knight, co-author of Financial Intelligence: An Illustrated Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean.

They discuss why and how employees in non-financial roles should learn to read financial statements, largely because accounting relies on a lot of educated guesses and biases.

Consumerism Commentary Podcast
Financial Intelligence: S06E25 / 156


Table of contents

Financial Intelligence on Amazon[00:00] Introduction from Jay Frosting
[00:34] Interview with Joe Knight
[00:48] Get a good working knowledge of how to read statements
[02:29] Why approach financial statements education through a comic book?
[03:53] Teaching through story-telling, including the fraud at WorldCom
[09:33] Accounting relies on guessing and biases (“cooking the books”)
[15:24] Many companies fail a basic finance test
[17:10] Three things that improve companies: training, access to financial data, and profit-sharing
[19:25] What is and isn’t in the graphic novel version
[20:02] Why Wall Street is increasingly focused on cash flow
[22:12] End

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Updated April 13, 2016 and originally published April 15, 2012.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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