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Detecting Creative Accounting in Annual Reports
(Code: DCA)

"We can better identify tell-tale signs by scanning environmental clues, notes to the accounts and trend analysis of the financials. The knowledge gained provides another dimension when looking at financial statements for credit assessment."

Detecting Creative Accounting in Annual Reports, DBS Bank

Master Trainer James Leong recommends:

After this course, you can gauge the believability of financial reports and determine how much you can rely on them. You are able to spot warning signals in a company by reading in-between the lines of the annual report. You can spot areas where creativity exists and know what probing and insightful questions to ask that unveils a company's true performance and financial condition. Case studies of real-life, high profile international and local corporate failures will be used to illustrate key principles and concepts used in practice. While the foundational course on Financial Skills for Non-finance Managers focuses on learning the language of accounting and interpreting financial reports, this intermediate course unveils the tools and discretion available to accountants to mould financial information for effect.

This course is an excellent progression after the foundational course on Financial Skills for Non-finance Managers for upgrading skills in the area of financial statement analysis and interpretation. An alternative track to this intermediate level programme that focuses on strategic management, managerial accounting and financial management for decision making is also available.


This programme is designed for participants who have attended the foundational level workshop on Financial Skills for Non-finance Managers or who have basic accounting knowledge.

Why is this programme unique?

Unlike introductory accounting courses that focus on learning the language of accounting, this intermediate level programme enables you to gauge the believability and reliability of financial reports. This is a highly hands-on programme that uses a case-studies approach. The use of real-life examples provides exceptional practical value to learners.
In addition, using our proprietary learning system, we have created breakthroughs in teaching complicated financial and accounting subjects. We have succeeded in establishing a new paradigm that finance and accounting need not be dry or boring. In fact, our participants have found that it can be fun and interesting and have given us raving testimonials.

Course outline for 2-day workshop

- What is creative accounting and earnings management
- What is the role of auditors and the value of audit reports
- What are accounting standards and their role
- Common creativity techniques used in income statement
- Common creativity techniques used in balance sheet
- Case studies

Who must attend?

Directors, senior managers, heads of departments, credit managers, sales and marketing professionals, HR professionals, legal professionals, bankers, entrepreneurs, investors, supervisory and regulatory officers, operations managers and executives who need to use financial statements for better decision-making and to read in-between the lines for greater insights to accounting numbers.

What can you expect of your learning environment?

- Jargon-free language
- Accounting concepts made easy
- Step-by-step approach
- Learning pace varies with participants' existing knowledge
- Quick and observable progress in learning
- Highly interactive, interesting and fun-filled team learning
- Hands-on practise
- Learning through real-life examples
- Use of listed companies' annual reports
- Focus on interpretation/analysis rather than debits/credits

Review of James' course: SAFRAN Management Development Programme from fintelligence on Vimeo.

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