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    Accounting, Finance and Operations Books by Steven Bragg


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    Accounting Standards Books


    GAAP Guidebook
    This book condenses the key elements of GAAP into a single volume. The book describes each accounting topic, how accounting information is to be disclosed, and where to look in the GAAP source documents for additional information. The text contains hundreds of practical examples that show how to apply GAAP to real-world situations, as well as sample journal entries and usage tips.


    IFRS Guidebook
    This book condenses the key elements of IFRS into a single volume. The book describes each accounting topic, how accounting information is to be disclosed, and where to look in the IFRS source documents for additional information. The text contains hundreds of practical examples that show how to apply IFRS to real-world situations, as well as sample journal entries and usage tips.

     

     

    Accounting Textbooks


    Cost Accounting Textbook
    This textbook provides in-depth coverage of all cost accounting concepts, incorporating practical advice regarding their real-world usage. The text goes well beyond the traditional cost accounting topics of inventory valuation and cost analysis to also cover inventory management, price setting, target costing, constraint analysis, and budgeting. The material is designed to give the student exposure to how these topics are dealt with in a business environment.

     

     

    General Accounting Books


    Accounting Controls Guidebook
    This book reveals the controls you need for every accounting system, from billings to financial reporting, in addition to such operational areas as order processing, shipping, and receiving. Controls are separately stated for manual and computerized accounting systems. The text also addresses types of controls, control principles, the proper balance of control systems, and how to construct a system of controls.


    Accounting for Inventory
    This book presents every issue that the accountant needs to create and maintain a comprehensive system of inventory accounting. Topics covered include inventory counting systems, cost layering, standard costing, overhead allocation, the lower of cost or market rule, disclosures, transfer pricing, budgeting, measurements, and much more.


    Accounting Procedures Guidebook
    This book contains the detailed procedures and forms you will need for every accounting system, from accounts payable to treasury, as well as for such operational areas as order entry, shipping, purchasing, and receiving. Procedures are separately stated for manual and computerized accounting systems.  The book also addresses how to create and enforce procedures, as well as when to update them. 


    Closing the Books
    This book gives you a complete understanding of how information is summarized into the financial statements, as well as the closing steps needed to create financial statements. It shows how to fine-tune the closing process to achieve a shorter close, and describes the variety of financial statement formats that are available. It even addresses the soft close, financial statement disclosures, public company reporting, and the controls and record keeping needed for the closing process.


    Cost Accounting Fundamentals
    This book addresses all key cost accounting topics, including inventory valuation, job costing, process costing, and standard costing. It also covers the role of the cost accountant in setting prices, not only to outside customers, but also to other subsidiaries. The book delves into many other areas of concern to the cost accountant, including target costing, constraint analysis, capital budgeting, the cost of quality, and even cost collection systems.


    Credit & Collection Guidebook
    This book shows how to achieve a balance between more sales and a reasonable amount of bad debt by focusing on the design and management of the credit and collection functions. The discussion ranges from the structure of specific jobs to the full range of collection and litigation tactics that can be used to collect money from customers. Other topics include procedures and controls, credit rating systems, skip tracing, and credit risk reduction.


    Fixed Asset Accounting
    This book addresses the GAAP and IFRS accounting for all key fixed asset topics, including capital budgeting, interest capitalization, asset retirement obligations, depreciation, impairment, and disposal. The book delves into many other areas of interest to the accountant, including the record keeping, controls, policies and procedures, measurements, asset tracking, and auditing procedures related to fixed assets.


    Fraud Examination
    This book can be used to identify the different types of fraud and construct an environment in which fraud is minimized. In addition, the book describes the many indicators of fraud, so that it can be detected early. The book also describes the process for investigating fraud, including interviewing techniques, document examination, and how to write a fraud report.


    Lean Accounting Guidebook
    This book reveals how to streamline the accounting department with over 150 improvement tips for billing, collections, cost accounting, fixed assets, payables, payroll, and more. The book describes how to use value stream mapping, flow charting, traffic analysis, and measurement systems to decide which changes to make, including discussions of how to maximize the value created by the various improvements. 


    Payables Management
    This book describes the process flows involved in all aspects of payables, including supplier invoices, procurement cards, expense reports, petty cash, payments, and more. The book also provides extensive coverage of payables controls, plus many other specialized payables topics, including use taxes, payables fraud, government reporting, unclaimed property, and cost recovery. In addition, the text provides complete coverage of the accounting for payables.


    Payroll Management
    This book reveals how to manage time tracking, payroll processing, and paying employees, while also describing the United States payroll regulations and reporting requirements related to compensation, benefits, payroll taxes, and tax remittances. There are chapters dealing with payroll accounting and how to set up a system of procedures, controls, and recordkeeping. Payroll Management is updated annually for the latest payroll regulations.


    Public Company Accounting and Finance
    This book explores both the finance and accounting activities of a public company. The accountant must learn about earnings per share, segment reporting, and Staff Accounting Bulletins, as well as quarterly and annual reporting to the SEC. Meanwhile, the treasurer can engage in an initial public offering, file registration statements, or sell shares under various SEC exemptions. This book covers all of these topics and more.

     

     

    Industry-Specific Accounting Books


    Agricultural Accounting
    This book addresses every aspect of the accounting that one might encounter in a farm, ranch, or related business. Topics covered include the accounting for crops and livestock, non-current farm assets, hedges and derivatives, and cooperatives. The intent is to not only explain accounting concepts, but also to provide examples and show how an accounting system can be constructed and operated.


    Accounting for Casinos and Gaming
    This book provides an overview of gaming operations, and describes those accounting issues most relevant to a gaming entity. Topics covered include the accounting for loyalty and incentive programs, jackpots, chips and tokens, licensing fees, payroll, marker collections, fixed assets, and interest capitalization. The book also addresses gaming controls and federal reporting requirements.


    Construction Accounting
    This book addresses every aspect of the accounting for a construction business. The intent is to not only explain accounting concepts, but also provide examples and show how an accounting system can be constructed and operated. The book pays particular attention to unique aspects of construction accounting that are not encountered in other industries, including the job cost ledger, change orders, back charges, percentage of completion calculations, and the treatment of anticipated losses on contracts.


    Governmental Accounting
    This book describes the unique aspects of governmental accounting, including the use of funds, the modified accrual basis of accounting, and many unique financial statement formats and disclosures. There is a strong emphasis on common accounting transactions, the comprehensive annual financial report, budgetary reporting, and nonexchange transactions.


    Health Care Accounting
    This book discusses the accounting and financial reporting issues related to hospitals, medical group practices, nursing homes, and other health care entities. The book covers the basic system of accounting, financial reporting, and many practical topics for the accountant, including revenue recognition, payroll accounting, fixed asset accounting, debt liabilities, and more.


    Hospitality Accounting
    This book familiarizes the accountant with basic concepts and then addresses the various types of financial statements and the accounting needed to construct them. More detailed financial accounting topics include payroll, fixed assets, and payables. There are also many managerial accounting chapters, such as the construction of a budget, price formulation systems, cost-volume-profit analysis, and cash management.


    Nonprofit Accounting
    This book provides guidance in how to create and operate a nonprofit accounting system, close the books, and produce financial statements – all while operating in accordance with the unique nonprofit accounting standards. Coverage of nonprofit accounting standards includes revenue recognition, joint costs, split-interest agreements, and mergers and acquisitions. The book also describes detailed systems of control, budgeting, and ratio analysis to maintain a proper level of control over funds.


    Real Estate Accounting
    This book describes the accounting to be used for all types of real estate transactions, such as retail land sales, real estate sales, property exchanges, and the sale of time-share intervals. It also reveals the related financial statement presentations and accompanying disclosures. In addition, the book describes the accounting related to the rental of property, and investments in real estate ventures.

     

     

    Job-Specific Accounting Books


    Accountants' Guidebook
    This book provides a practical knowledge of how to complete many accounting tasks, while also imparting an understanding of the more critical accounting standards. The book is intended to accelerate the learning curve of the professional accountant. Topics covered include accounting procedures, GAAP for common transactions, closing the books, producing financial statements and other reports, collection tactics, payroll management, budgeting, and much more.


    Accounting for Managers
    This book describes how accounting transactions are compiled into financial statements and how information about company performance can be extracted from those statements. We also discuss a number of accounting-based decision tools and how they can be used to improve upon business decisions in many areas.


    Bookkeeping Guidebook
    This book provides a detailed view of how to issue billings, process cash receipts, calculate depreciation, construct a chart of accounts, value inventory, pay employees and suppliers, file tax returns, and produce financial statements. The book covers these topics and more with dozens of examples, as well as forms and templates.


    CFO Guidebook
    This book covers every aspect of being a CFO, including risk management, controls, and how to engage in mergers and acquisitions. The book also addresses many aspects of financial management, such as budgeting, cash concentration systems, and investments. There is also an extensive discussion of fund raising, as well as the CFO's role in a public company.


    Investor Relations Guidebook
    This book covers every aspect of the investor relations function. It delves into the construction of a value proposition for a business and how to communicate it to investors, as well as how to conduct an earnings call and provide guidance. The book also describes the players in the investment community, the types of SEC filings, how to organize an annual shareholder meeting, the mechanics of road shows, and the steps involved in an initial public offering.


    New Controller Guidebook
    This book covers every aspect of being a controller, including the management of accounts payable, cash, credit, collections, inventory, payroll, and more. It also shows you how to close the books, which reports to issue to the management team, how to create a budget, and how to select and install an accounting computer system.


    Small Audit Practice Set
    This practice set contains a case description and requirements, illustrative risk assessment forms, illustrative tests of balances program and a working paper templates file with evidence from completed audit procedures, indexing and tickmarks. Users should review the materials, evaluate the sufficiency of the procedures and determine any additional work that may be necessary. All audit engagement personnel in CPA firms and in internal audit departments of reporting entities will benefit from completing the case study.


    Treasurer's Guidebook
    This book reveals how the treasury department's performance can be organized and fine-tuned, focusing on bank relations, cash concentration systems, investment strategies, financing sources, credit management, insurance, and more. The Guidebook also addresses the administrative aspects of the treasurer's job, including treasury accounting, treasury management systems, and controls.

     

     

    Finance Books


    Budgeting
    This book shows you how to assemble a complete system of budgets, including budgets for revenue, production, overhead, administration, and compensation. It also addresses several variations on the basic budgeting concept - the flexible budget, conditional budget, and zero-base budget. The book also delves into how to operate a business without a budget. Finally, there are many procedures, controls, and reports designed to complement a budget.


    Corporate Cash Management
    This book describes how to forecast cash, and also covers methods for collecting and disbursing cash, plus the characteristics of the major cash concentration systems. It also investigates ways to improve cash flow, and how to raise funds from debt and equity. There is extensive coverage of risk management related to the variability of foreign exchange and interest rates, as well as the controls and measurements required for a cash management system.


    Corporate Finance
    This book follows the flow of funds through a business, including fund raising, internal cash management, and the deployment of funds to dividends, capital expenditures, investments, and acquisitions. This book is intended to give the professional manager direction regarding how to develop an appropriate capital structure and determine the best types of debt and equity funding. Additional tools are provided for calculating the cost of capital and constructing cash flows to analyze potential cash uses. Full coverage of risk management for foreign exchange and interest rates is also included.


    Enterprise Risk Management
    This book describes the concept of risk management, how to integrate it into an organization’s strategy, and who is responsible for it. The book also addresses risk management at the level of the individual functional area, including treasury and accounting, sales and marketing, human resources, and information technology. There is coverage of contingency planning, insurance, financial analysis, and risk-related measurements and reports.


    Mergers & Acquisitions
    This book covers every aspect of an acquisition from the perspectives of both the buyer and the seller. The book addresses a variety of acquisition strategies, the acquisition process, regulatory approvals, exit planning, hostile takeover tactics, valuation, due diligence, synergy analysis, legal structures, acquisition integration, and more. Accounting for acquisitions under GAAP and IFRS is described. There is also a chapter on reverse mergers, which are used to go public.

     

     

    Financial Analysis Books


    Business Ratios Guidebook
    This book is full of ratios and other measurements that can assist in the interpretation and control of business activities. General topics include measurements for performance, liquidity, cash flow, return on investment, and share performance. More specific functional analysis topics include measurements for such areas as cash management, credit and collections, fixed assets, inventory, and product design.


    Constraint Management
    This book describes the impact of constraints on an organization, and how constraints can be managed to optimize profitability. The text includes discussions of where the constraint may be located, how constraint analysis compares to traditional cost accounting, and how to design measurement, reporting, and control systems around a constraint. There is also extensive treatment of financial modeling around constraints, as well as how to develop constraint-based strategies.


    Cost Management Guidebook
    This book describes a number of tools that can be used to examine the cost structure of a business, including analyses for cost objects, constraints, and processes. The book also addresses how to reduce costs in all of the major areas of a corporation, including compensation, sales, production, procurement, and administration. There are extensive discussions of asset reduction techniques, as well as cost management reports and measurements.


    Financial Analysis
    This book describes how to extract meaningful information from the financial statements of a business. The book also delves into a number of analyses that can be used to improve business decisions, such as price optimization, constraint management, and credit granting. Another area addressed is financing, where the book covers financial leverage, capital structure, foreign exchange risk, and more. Other topics include financial forecasting, discounted cash flow analysis, and the valuation of acquisitions.


    The Interpretation of Financial Statements
    This book provides the reader with a grounding in the contents of the financial statements by examining their structure and contents. The book also presents several tools that can be used to extract information from the statements. In addition, there are a number of insights into the financial statements can be used to estimate what operational and financial changes might be going on within a business. In short, this book is designed to maximize the reader's understanding of the financial statements.

     

     

    Management and Operations Books


    Human Resources Guidebook
    This book describes how to plan for the appropriate staffing and skill levels in a business, as well as how to design jobs and tailor recruiting campaigns to attract the correct types of candidates. There is extensive coverage of employee development, including career development, training programs, and succession planning. The book also notes the many types of compensation and benefits, as well as their tax implications, and finish with coverage of legal issues, including discrimination, related laws, and records management requirements.


    Inventory Management
    This book  provides the tools needed to employ enough inventory to assure high levels of customer service while avoiding excessive inventory levels that can create losses. Topics covered include inventory policies, materials planning, purchasing and the supply chain, receiving, storage, shipping, production activities, record accuracy, warehousing efficiencies, measurements, and much more.


    MBA Guidebook
    This book describes the essentials of the core topics covered in a top-tier MBA program. The intent is to give the user a broad understanding of the key concepts needed to run a business – in one comprehensive volume. Topics covered include sales and marketing, operations management, product development, risk management, business valuation, capital structure analysis, and the interpretation of financial statements.


    Project Management
    This book explores how projects are initiated, evaluated, and selected. The book also addresses all phases of project planning, the use of CPM and PERT to schedule tasks, and how to make trade-offs between the various project constraints. It also covers change management, project estimating, risk management, reporting, and project management at the enterprise level. In total, the book is intended to introduce the topic to a new project manager, as well as to refine the skills of a more experienced one.


    Purchasing Guidebook
    This book reveals how the purchasing department’s performance can be fine-tuned, focusing on supplier selection and management, the competitive bidding process, negotiations, and contract management. The Guidebook also addresses the many ways in which purchasing can be used to control costs in the areas of inventory management, logistics, and quality, while also providing the financial tools to improve a number of purchasing decisions.