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1 July 2004 Research Foundation

Earnings Quality

  1. Patricia M. Dechow
  2. Catherine M. Schrand
Earnings Quality View the full book (PDF)

Understanding the quality of earnings is an essential part of processing and interpreting information. A high-quality earnings number will (1) reflect current operating performance, (2) be a good indicator of future operating performance, (3) and fairly annuitize the intrinsic value of the company. The authors of this Research Foundation of CFA Institute monograph discuss the types of earnings management techniques companies use, when earnings management is most likely to occur, and the role of directors, auditors, institutional investors, and analysts in monitoring management and improving earnings quality. They also examine how investors respond to earnings and highlight trading strategies based on earnings quality.

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