About Cash Flow Statements

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A cash flow statement is a great way to analyze the overall health of a company, as it outlines the starting cash, the spent cash and the earned cash. Look over an institution's cash flow statement to gauge their success with information from a portfolio manager in this free video on finance.

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Do you own stock in a public company? Have you ever tried to figure out whether or not they're profitable or not? Hi, this is Roger Groh with Groh Asset Management. What should you look for or where should you look to determine the health -- the true health -- of a financial company? Well, one of the statements -- the financial statements -- that companies typically provide to investors would be a cash flow statement. What it says is, "This is the amount of cash that we started with, this is the amount of cash that we spent, this is the amount of cash that we brought in, and this is what's left." It's a much better picture as to the financial health of a company than a profit and loss statement, as a profit and loss statement is more an accounting statement rather than a real look at the overall health or cash flow of a business. But I would not look at just cash flow statement alone. If you want help in learning how to read financial statements, call The Analyst Exchange. They have a website -- theanalystexchange.com. They will gladly teach you about putting together and reading financial statements. It would be worth your time and energy to go through one of their courses. It will help you save money and make better investment decisions. A disclaimer: I teach there, and I'm a director of The Analyst Exchange, so I'm a little biased. But we're very good at what we do. I hope that helps. I'm Roger Groh of Groh Asset, and thank you very much for spending time with me.

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